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People - 2004

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The "remembered" section of this site (see links above)lists people who are particularly remembered by the author or others who may contribute from time to time. When available, biographical information and photographs are added. Contributions are welcomed. The other sections reference the year when emails were sent to me (John Pugh) by people who once lived in or in the vicinity of Barmouth. They are organized by the year in which the email was received.

Name Date of e-mail Comments (linked)

Chris Trevitt November, 2004 I lived at Llanfair from when I was born in 1955 until 1967....
Paul East October, 2004 I left Barmouth in 1988 for Australia....
Sean Roberts June, 2004 I left Barmouth in 1987 for San Francisco....
John Barnes April, 2004 I have just found your web site and was fascinated....
David Craik April, 2004 I was born in Barmouth in 1964....
Mari February, 2004 I have just discovered your marvellous Barmouth website...

Chris Trevitt (November/2004) - Chris writes from Australia

I lived at Llanfair from when I was born in 1955 until 1967 when I left at the tender age of 11 in company of my parents - bound for Canberra, Australia. But the love of the Welsh mountains runs deep in our blood, and we all return periodically, just as often as we are able. My father, Frank Trevitt moved to Llanfair shortly after the war. He and my mother Norah bought and ran Penrallt farm, up the hill from the Owens at Cae-Cethin. My mother has been a regular visitor back every two or three years up until 2003. She lives just 2 hours away from me now.

(Above) Passport pictures of my Dad, mum, me with mum and a recent photograph of mum in Canberra, Australia.

Dafi Owen from Cae Cethin still lives in Harlech, along with most of his near family. We are still in regular contact, and the family's visit each other as often as we can. All four of us (my wife Corinne is from Tasmania - my Aussie substitute for North Wales! - and our two boys are Simon age 21 and Peter age 18) were last in North Wales, Barmouth and Harlech during 2002/3, when we we were living in Norwich, England, for 9 months. We stayed with Dafi and Gwen (his wife) and their two youngsters, and also with Sue Moody in Harlech - our familys were close back in the 1960s. Sue has also compiled a little local history book which includes some information she got from my mother.

While I was at Ysgol Ardudwy for most of first year (1967) we left for Australia before i finished that year. Both my older sisters, Pat and Sue, attended Llanfair primary as well, and they both completed 6 years at Ysgol Ardudwy some years before I started there.

Not sure if you knew one another, but there must be a reasonable chance! In fact, just putting this email together has sent me back to the bookcase, where I pulled out the book that I was given as a 'going away present' by the class of 1967, along with the page with 29 names carefully printed in everyone's own neat handwriting! Along with the teacher's name, 'Miss Sally Roberts'! Here is the class list from Ysgol Ardudwy (1967)!

Ellen Hunter, Ann Edwards, Olwen Jones, Meiner Griffiths(sp?), Rhiannon Williams, Catherine Jones, Olive Watson, Marian Jones, Ann Sherwin, Ann Llwyd Williams, Nesta Parry Williams, Carys Jones, David Jenkins, David Alan, Merfyn Williams, Tony Jeffs, Stephen Keen, Lorraine Mensom, Evelyn Millns, John Hearn, Ann Pierce, Simon Tittley, Michael Robinson, Paul Crabtree, Martin Cannon (sp?), Aled Griffith, Peter Watts, James Friedhoff, Gwyneth Wilson.

Paul East (October/2004) - Paul is an ex-pat in Australia

John, I am also from Barmouth. I left Barmouth in 1988 for Australia and now I live here permanently. My family is still very much apart of a Barmouth and it's so nice to have a site dedicated to Barmouth.

Although I have lived away for almost 20 years I still consider myself a "Barmouth lad" I never intended to stay away for so long, it just happened that way. Barmouth has lots of fond memories for me growing up. I lived on the council estate with my family and I worked in the fair every year from the ages of 12 to 15 with Janet and Gareth, they also had a son Adam who was only a toddler at the time. This would have been in 1980 or so.

My father was a fisherman and had a nick name "Copper" he had the Thomas Sinclair, fishing trawler. My mother looked after all of us kids, and we could be a handful as there were 5 of us. When the 5th was born the eldest was four and a half, however there were three later additions a few years later. I worked in the Angry Cheese Restaurant from the ages 15 - 17 as a chef.

I went to Harlech School and just skimmed through. I kept a low profile and kept out of trouble however I was usually the target of bullying. Even the guys two or three years younger could beat me up. The Barmouth lads, Dickie and Doddie not only picked on me but also my sister who was in their class, Erica East. Debra East was the eldest and Ruth and Neil followed me. Anna was born a few years later followed by Tony and then Martin who was the last. We lived in Heol Idris near the Myn y Mor Hotel

Tony was five when I left and Martin was 6 months. Tony is now 22 and Martin 17. Since 1988 I have only been back to Barmouth twice. In 1996, for less than a week and 2000 for a day. (I was on somebody else's itinerary and was able to pop to Barmouth for the day from Cardiff.)

I went to Dolgellau to study catering as I wanted to travel and get away from Barmouth. I was the head chef of a chain of Deli's in Sydney for over 5 years. I gave up cooking in 1996 and I now work for another company. They specialize in corporate clients with risk management and Insurance. My clients included the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Melbourne Cricket ground the Olympic Site in Sydney and one of the largest construction companies in Australia.

I have fond memories of friends from Barmouth Wendy Griffiths, Debbie Lane, Adrian Bull - Hughes, Aled Thomas, My cousin Craig Williams and his siblings. My best friend Peter Cousins (Who passed away when we were 13 years old of leukemia). A special mention to Mathew Davis who made my teenage year's hell and Maldie who was a 6th former who ritual was the cram as many of the 1st years in the toilet of the train - I think I formed part of that record for 22 of us in there.

It has been nice to reminisce and I look forward to spending a couple of weeks in Barmouth in August 2005 and muster as many old friends as I can.

Regards and keep up the good work - Paul East

Sean Roberts (June/2004) - Another Barmouth ex-pat writes

John, Like you, I am also from Barmouth. I left Barmouth in 1987 for San Francisco and now I live here permanently. I agree that Barmouth has a certain something that you cannot ever get out of your system. I suppose it's "Hiraeth" or simply longing for a return to a simpler way of life (not to sound disparaging in any way). Upon my last visit to Barmouth, I was surprised that some of the local shops now stay open past 9:00pm, which was unheard of when I was living there.

I used to live on Llanaber Rd, right by the "old" Post Office, which was next to the hill leading down to the beach at the far end of the Prom. The name of the house is "Albainn" and is owned by Mrs. Jean Snaylam who is my Aunt. You might remember one of my cousins, Tim Snaylam. Tim lives in Bolton nr. Manchester with his wife and family. I lived there from 1977 to 1987, when I graduated from University in Southampton and then left to seek my fortune in California.

I now live in San Mateo, near San Francisco with my wife and two children, Gareth (7) and Kayla (4) and have done so since 1987.

I still have other cousins in Barmouth, namely Peter Roberts, David Roberts, Chris Roberts and Andy Roberts (lots of Roberts'!) My Uncle Jimmy Roberts used to own a small shop on the council estates for a while and still works in Barmouth.

My Dad, John Roberts, was in the army for most of his life. After leaving that he went to work at Llanbedr RAE Airfield, right up until he passed away from cancer in 2001.

I went to school at Barmouth Primary (Ysgol Y Traeth I think it's called now) and remember teachers like Mr.Davies (with his bushy mustache), Ms.Elias and others. I also remember impromptu football matches on the football field, crabbing along the quay by the Beach House, "99's" in the Summer (how they tasted so creamy then, but disappointing now), getting sunburned on the beach, swimming in the sea at the end of the prom as the sand was cleaner there.

I went to Ysgol Ardudwy from 1978 to 1984 and remember the first day of school being scrubbed and polished with new shoes, blazer and school tie, and the "ritual" of being inspected by the 6th Formers, and hoping they didn't throw your bag out of the train window. Also, the "rivalry between the Barmouth carriages and the other carriages.

John Barnes (April/2004) - John's parents ran "Albion House"

I have just found your web site and was fascinated by your reminiscences of the grammar school. I moved to Barmouth in 1947 from Birmingham and attended Barmouth Grammar from 1949 to 1955 and then moved on to Bangor University.I remember many of the teachers you mention. Mr Morris who taught maths in forms 2 and 3, and took us for PT. I remember him running down the wing in soccer matches shouting, "Harass 'im, harass 'im" in a strong Welsh accent.

Miss Jones who I'm afraid did not inspire me in English, but encouraged me to take part in all the school plays. I was the father in Rattigan's The Winslow Boy in '55. Miss Lewis so fearsome for one so small. But her Latin grammar I have always remembered.

I did science in the 6th form. Mr Evans (pop) inspired me to take Physics at University, and Mr Eaves came a close second in teaching me maths. I went on to lecture in Physics in London and then at Brighton Polytechnic, and finished my career teaching maths to Engineers. I will never forget Mr Simon Chemistry, he also had his methods of motivation.

I was in Barmouth on holiday last week, but the only person I found that I knew from my class was Gwynfor Owen. He reckoned there was no one else around from my time.

School friends I remember from school were: Trevor Buckley, Ieuan Evans, Frank Jones, George Pilkington whose father managed Melias Stores, Roger Thompson, Ronald Jones, Leonard Whitehead, David and Joan Price, Valerie Price, Eirlys Williams, Ann Williams., John Goodchild.

I was also in the choir at St John's with the Rev Wallis Thomas and organist Col. Williams. I did not recognise the names of some of the teachers you named so I could not work out when you were there. I remember Barmouth as it marked a big change in my fortunes from a failing pupil in Birmingham to a lifelong academic in higher education. I am afraid this is rather a rambling note, but I felt I must respond to your interesting web site.

John Barnes

P.S. My parents ran the boarding house on the sea front called Albion House.

David Craik (Feb/2002) - A Heol-y-Llan connection.....

Dear John, I read your website with interest. I was born in Barmouth in 1964 but lived for my first 19 years "up the road" in Harlech. I left for university in 1983 never to permanently return. I married a Barmouth girl with a very interesting Barmouth pedigree. My wife is Karen ( nee Owen) she is the daughter of Betty and Barry Owen who lived at minfor surgery. Barry spent many years working on the Ambulances with his brother Tommy. Tommy lives in Heol y Llan where you lived.

Karen's grandfather was Jack Owen the barber in "Chatsbury" up Church street. Her maternal grandfather was Will Evans the joiner who lived in Tan-y-Fron. opp Mrs Finch's gift shop.

Karen's Great-Great Grandfather was John Lewis (1829 - 1906) sometime harbour master at Barmouth.

Like you I'm very interested in Barmouth history, I recently gave a talk to the Barmouth Lit & Deb on Barmouth's associations with the Titanic. Currently, I'm researching William Gladstone's assocations with Barmouth.

Today , I managed to purchase a 1900 guidebook to Barmouth - which mentions any of the old Barmouth familes and businesses. Vintage stuff! - I'll get it photocopied and sent to you if you want. Like you, I have done some teaching stints in the USA, I was at Emroy Univ. in November 2003 and 1997. I really enjoyed your website and I knew some of the people you mentioned. Keep going. Best wishes Sincerely, David Craik

Mari (Feb/2004) - daughter of Mr. Hughes, Barmouth Primary...

Hello John, I have just discovered your marvellous Barmouth website. I am the middle daughter of Robert and Barbara Hughes. I lived in Barmouth until I was 12, in 1965, and went to school in Barmouth Primary School. I have two sisters, Gwyneth (born 1950) and Ann (born 1958). My father was a teacher at Barmouth Primary, a town councillor and a deacon at Park Road Chapel (now part of Bradbury's Garage). He was born on Mochras (Shell Island) where his father was the farm bailiff; when he was 7 the family moved to Ceilwart Farm, Llanaber, so he could go to school. He went into the Merchant Navy and served during the Sond World War. His ship (the S.S. Earlston) was part of the PQ17 convoy whose ships were all torpedoed by the Germans after their destroyer escort was called away to other duties. He survived and spent 3 years in prisoner-of-war camp in Northern Germany; there was a big party in Barmouth in 1945 when he and another POW came home.

He met my mother Barbara (from South Wales) at teacher training college in Wrecsam, and they settled in Barmouth at 25, Heol y Llan. Then we moved to Glasynys (20, Marine Road). I remember dashing up on to the Epworth Bridge so the steam trains could pass just underneath (the smuts, heat and smoke!), playing in the big park (now built on), the rubbish dump (now a football field), catching sticklebacks, trying to catch grass snakes, the beach and sea of course, the mountains - a wonderful childhood which ended when my Dad died in 1963 and we moved to Shropshire so Mum could find work as a teacher (she didn't speak Welsh).

Now I'm back and happily living in Barmouth, and carrying on my research into my family tree started by my Dad. I'm back to Thomas Lloyd and his wife Catherine William in the 1700's. Thomas was born in 1767 and died in 1804. He and Catherine lived at Pontfadog Farm, Llanddwywe parish, and he worked as a gardener for the Cors y gedol estate. His son John lived at Erw Wen farm. Thomas's gravestone (in Llanddwywe church) reveals he shares a grave with Edward Griffiths 'late of Pontfadog' who died in 1777 aged 72. In your correspondent Owain Peredur Griffith's contribution in March 2000, he mentions his mother living at Pontfadog and having a lot of family history knowledge - I wonder if he'd like to contact me and we could share our information? My father always maintained the lloyds of Erw Wen were connected to the Lloyds of Cwmbychan, and I'd love to find out more! Thanks for reading this John - I hope your website flourishes! Cheers, Mari

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