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People - Remembered

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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)

Gwyneth Edwards (Biology)   Mrs. Edwards taught us all about Spirogyra and Liver Flukes
M.G.Evans (Pop)   Morris Griffith Evans or 'Pop' as he was affectionately called by most
Rhyddid Williams   Rhyddid inspired me and taught me how to 'feel' music
Evan David Jones   My neighbour at 5 Heol-y-Llan and a special person....
Eirlys Trevor   Author & Producer who lived in Barmouth...
Cliff Probert   Philanthropist and talented artist, very special person...
Glyn Williams   Glyn Williams ran a dispensing chemists in Barmouth...
Elizabeth Hodge   Artist & Seamstress (My grandmother)
Griffith Pugh   Bus Driver and philanthropist (my grandfather)
Josie Whysall (Griffin)   Formerly Josie Griffin of Aber House, Barmouth
Aneurin Evans (Nye)   Nye lived in Barmouth until he left to go to University...
Terry Griffiths   Terry ran 'The Endeavour' guest house with 'Dick' Griffiths
David Roberts   Affectionately known as 'The Blind Man'..played the harp...
E. Owen (Teddy Bach)   Grandad to Gwyneth Owen 10 Marine Gardens...
W. Finnigan   He was an old soldier who had served in the Boer war...
Charlie Shoe-Black   Charlie shoe black was the town crier....
Anne Rushton (Edwards)   Stuart tells us about his mother, Anne Rushton....
People I remember   A collection of names from my Barmouth/Harlech days.....


Rhyddid Williams - My music teacher who lived around the corner in Barmouth

Rhyddid Williams was the only music teacher my mother would consider when I first showed an interest in playing the piano. She considered him the best, and he was. I had not yet started at Ysgol Ardudwy and Barmouth primary school had relocated to the former Barmouth Grammer school location on Marine Road (Opposite my grandmothers home), I was told to bring a notebook so that my parents could monitor my progress and I would bring the music that I had been assigned the previous week. Rhyddid always gave me real classical pieces to play which I really enjoyed. I had no desire to play what I thought of as 'made up' pieces in some graduated learning method book of one kind or another. This approach made all the difference in the world and slowly, with great patience, Rhyddid taught me how to appreciate and play good music. There was Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Moussorski, Mendelssohn, Paderewski, a whole ocean of wonderful sounds to explore. What a time it was and what a lot I have to thank Rhyddid and my parents for!

Evan David Jones - My neighbour at 5, Heol-y-Llan a ferryman, Harbour Master and lifeboat coxwain

Evan David Jones served on HMS Repulse in the South China Sea at the age of 21. It was torpedoed by the Japanese and he was later picked up by an Australian vessel which was sunk in the same manner two weeks later. He was captured by the Japanese on Feb 13th 1941 and was interned in a prisoner of war camp on Banka Island. He was soon transferred to Changi Jail in Singapore, where he spent the remainder of the war. He was released on 23 September 1945. His home address at the time was 1 Goronwy Terrace, Barmouth. He never left Barmouth again apart from holidays. He was a postman, a decorator, a ferryboat owner, and became Harbour Master and coxswain of the Barmouth lifeboat. He was decorated many times for his bravery and was presented to Princess Diana (see photograph).He died on the 3rd June 2001 aged 81 years.

Eirlys Trevor - Author & Producer who lived in Barmouth with her husband 'Trevor' and their daughter 'Nan'. They ran the small paper shop close to Barmouth harbour. Eirlys was very supportive of the local community and put on many plays at the dragon theatre (A converted church).She spent time and cared deeply about the youth of Barmouth. Her daughter, Nan, still lives in Barmouth I believe. Eirlys was born in Blackpool of welsh parents. She was a nurse in her early years and later took up farming. She wrote childrens books and has contributed articles for the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) 'Children's hour'.

Cliff Probert - Cliff, like Eirlys, is one of those special people who happen along once in a lifetime. He and Eirlys gave so much to the children and people of Barmouth. He used to give his time constructing 'sets' for the Dragon Theatre, helping with Gilbert and Sullivan productions, who knows what else. He also strengthened the community by developing businesses, Davy Jones' Locker, Cors-y-Gedol hotel. He still lives in the area and I managed to contact him one or two years ago. Thanks Cliff for all you did! (Especially for bringing back a Spanish guitar from Spain and letting my pay on the 'never-never').

Glyn Williams - Glyn Williams ran a dispensing chemists in Barmouth from which he also produced his own Welsh Heather perfume. Prior to his arrival in Barmouth he had shops in Criccieth and Penrhyndeudraeth. He passed away on Sunday, 16th April, 2000.

During his 42 years in the town he was active in many of the towns key organisations, but his enduring pleasure was Bermo Arts of which he was a member until his demise. He was producer and director, initially of plays later moving on to musical shows, over the years and offered a wealth of experience to younger members of the society. His theatrical interest seemed to run in the family as he was cousin to the actor Hugh Griffith who was an Oscar winner for best supporting actor in Ben Hur. Glyn had also been chairman of the Arts Festival Committee, having in fact been one of the founders twenty three years ago and was the Vice President this year.

A long time supporter of the RNLI, for which he with his wife Eirwen raised considerable sums, he had the pleasure of welcoming H.R.H. Princess of Wales on her visit in the capacity of Chairman of Barmouth Branch. Mrs Williams also held the position of President of the local RNLI.

Elizabeth Hodge - Artist & Seamstress (My grandmother). Originally from Liverpool where she learned her trade, she settled in Barmouth with her daughters Frances and May and took up painting.Her best picture still hangs in one of the houses there. Carnival day in Barmouth was often the showcase for the many costumes that she made for her grandchildren. She had a rare talent.

Griffith Pugh - Bus Driver and philanthropist (my grandfather) Famous driver of the 'toast-rack' (An open air single-decker bus with seats arranged as in a toast rack that used to carry tourists up and down the promenade in Barmouth) in the years following 1957 when he retired from 'Crosville', the local bus service. The forefather of 'Health food' he used to grow his own vegetables and thrived on cabbage and buttermilk from the local farms. He used a bicycle to get around which kept him very fit. Was famous for attending funerals to see off old friends. Sad to say he joined them in 1969 at the age of 86. Taught me to drive when I was 10 years old on the road to Tyddyn-y-Felin, a farm in Talybont. I think I was the first person to drive the milk van at 30 miles per hour in first gear.

He built my first 'go-cart' and lobbied my parents for my first 'bike' (I used his before). He also seemed to know everyone in Barmouth and worked for Llaethdy Meirion delivering milk. At one time he co-owned a boat which he used to catch lobsters although I'm not sure how how successful a venture that was judging from my father's comments. Lost his false teeth overboard. Taidy was a loved man by many and I sorely miss him.

Josie Whysall - formerly Josie Griffin of Aber House, Barmouth (which Josie tells me is now sold). Josie is marrried to an engineer I knew from our Cardiff University days - Simon Whysall. Simon and Josie have three boys -  Ben 21, Toby 18 and Lawrence 11 who was born in Grand Rapids, MI. Remarkably, they both lived in Raleigh N.C. July84-April 86. Josie goes back to Barmouth about once a year. She and her family lived near Grand Rapids Michigan on a 3 acre 'spread' but have now moved to North Carolina. I managed to see Josie and Simon last year and was invited to a barbecue. (The sausages were great Josie!) She surfs the net regularly and can be reached via email.

Aneurin Evans (Nye) -  Nye lived in Barmouth until he left to go to University College in Aberystwyth, to study physics and maths, with the aim of becoming an astronomer. He was in Keele University when he contacted me (12 March 1977). He attended Ysgol Ardudwy from 1958-1965 and I remember him well. He was two years ahead of me. Here are his comments on the web site - "

Dear John, I was really delighted to come across the Barmouth home page you have put together. I was brought up there and went to the primary school - do you remember Mrs. Jones and Captain Davis (Welsh and English standard 5), Mr. W. D. Williams the headmaster, and Roy Williams, who for many years helped in the infant school? He used to charge of around town on his bike and had a marvelous gift for playing the harmonica. I was at Ardudwy from 1958 to 1965, and remember Mr. Cartwright, Mr. Iori Simon, Mr Eaves and Anuerin Thomas, Miss Lewis and Miss Enid Jones, amongst others. I also recognized many of the names in your 'people' page. No doubt if you remember Will Cash and Carry you will also remember Potters the sweet shop next door, Glyn Evans the barber, Griffith John, Kelly, Will Meirion's newsagents opposite the old primary school, David Jones' locker on the quayside, the Pavilion and White cinemas (alas no more) etc. I remember Ozzie well - both father and son (Peter). I spent a couple of summer holidays serving petrol and mending punctures at Jeff's garage on the Dolgellau road and selling ice-cream from the kiosk on the prom'. I was also in my youth a passionate supporter of Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club. Your page brought the memories flooding back.

Terry Griffiths - Terry was from Liverpool and ran a guest house - 'Endeavour House' which was on Marine Parade. Dick Griffiths, Terry's husband, also helped to run the guest house. Terry knew my mother and I was often invited to have a cup of tea in their kitchen. Very friendly and heartwarming people.

David Roberts - Affectionately known as 'The Blind Man'. I remembered him playing the harp on the promenade at Barmouth at the end of Marine Parade. It was an amazing sound and an amazing instrument. Mr Roberts owned the shop on the corner opposite the footbridge that went over the railway line on Marine road. Last time I was in Barmouth it looked like the footbridge was being torn down and I believe the corner shop has been converted back into a house now.

The shop changed hands later and I frequented it for the frozen orange drinks and of course great selection of sweets (sherbert dips, flying saucers and jelly babies etc.). Mr Roberts is survived by Clara, Robert Ivor, and David, whose book appears in these pages in the 'Literature' section..

My father remembers a time when he arrived home (3,Marine Gardens) after the war was over - a party was being put on for him at and a piano had been taken upstairs to one of the larger rooms for the celebration. After the party was over the piano had to be moved back down the stairs. Unfortunately it could not be negotiated around one of the tight corners on the stairs until 'The Blind Man' came by and offered instructions, successfully coming up with the right solution.

E. Owen (Teddy Bach), Grandad of Gwyneth Owen 10 MARINE gardens. He used to deliver goods and coal from the goods station with a horse and cart, my father and his friends when they were children used to have rides on the back of the cart. NAIN Owen would not allow him to have a drink in the house, especially on a Sunday so he used to have a supply of bottled beer for the weekend and hide them in the sand dunes at the back of the school (Marine Gardens) which is now a school yard and sports ground.

W. Finnigan - He had a hand truck to carry fruit and vegetables around the houses, he was an old soldier who had served in the Boer war and wore his immaculate white uniform in the summer with all his medals on his chest. He lived in water street and had a small greengrocers shop.

Charlie Shoe-Black - There used to be a character who was called Charlie shoe black (His real name is not known to me)  and he was the town crier. He used to stand on the square and shout out all the news, after he had finished he would shout " God save the Queen and myself".

Anne Rushton (Edwards) - I would like to add an entry about my Mum, Anne Edwards as was, who sadly passed away 17th July 2009. Anne was the daughter of Iorwerth and Laura (May) Edwards, brother of David: Initially bought up in the Clock House cottages and later at 7 Porkington Terrace. She attended Barmouth primary (next to the old library in town as it was then) and Ysgol Ardudwy, leaving the latter around 1960. My Mum planted one of the Coronation trees at Barmouth primary ( the fat one next to the telegraph pole she told me!), I have some nice photos of the day in my collection. Following school my Mum trained as a nurse at Chester Royal Infirmary, returning to Barmouth to work at the Maternity unit. She met my Dad Bob Rushton in 1963, at the time he was Manager of the Woolworth store, in early 1964 my Dad was moved to Bridgnorth, he proposed and my Mum said yes. They were married on 2nd April 1964 after a very short romance, and were to stay together for 44 years until my Dad died 23rd September 2008.

For the next 11 years they moved around a lot as my Dad left Woolworth, joined Spar and finally Asda. They lived in Haxby nr York, Leeds, Abergele, Ilkley, Marford nr Wrexham before settling in the village of Goldsborough nr Harrogate in 1975.

My Mum never lost her ties with Barmouth, often returning to see her Mum and Dad. Myself I was lucky enough to spend every school holiday in Barmouth with my Nain and Taid, I remember at the age of 9, being put on the D94 at Wrexham by myself with my bag and fishing rod and settling down for the 3 hour journey - happy times.

Iorwerth passed away in 1984, at the time they Iorwerth and May were at 23 Llys Dedwydd together, my Nain remained there until she was 93 and moved into the old peoples home, she passed away in 2006 at the grand age of 94. Due to my Dad becoming ill shortly after my Mum never again had the opportunity to return to Barmouth. However Barmouth never left her heart, she still had some good friends there, how she would talk to regularly, and I know she enjoyed looking at this website to try and catch up on memories.

I feel this is a fitting remembrance to my Mum, a girl from Barmouth who is greatly missed.

People and Places I remember - School Days - Barmouth Primary school - Mr Parry (Standard 3), Miss Elias (Standard 1), Mr Hughes (Standard 4), Mr Davies (Standard 5). 'Roy' and his harmonica. Racing dinky cars in the school yard, conker fights and apple and conker scrumping. Roller skates and scooters.

Ysgol Ardudwy - 'Pop' Evans, our headmaster at 'Ysgol Ardudwy' (He taught us the meaning of integrity amongst other things). Pop used to walk at a fast clip into the assembly hall with his robes flowing behind him and it always felt like he could see straight through every one of us as he stood tall in front of the school with the staff in our rear in the last row of the assembly hall, a privileged position. Miss Evans the Math teacher (one of my favourite people - she was a great motivator and had a terrific smile), Jack Cartwright the physics teacher, Colin Palmer our Art teacher, Gwyneth Edwards, biology teacher (still see her from time to time, wonderful memory and welcoming smile), Miss Enid Jones our English teacher (such enthusiasm and dedication - a very inspiring teacher), Miss Lewis our Latin Teacher, not forgetting Rhyddid Williams, my much loved music teacher who taught me how to read music and play the piano, a gift I still appreciate today. Charlie Eaves (maths), Mr Green (French), Edwin Muir (woodwork), Mr Morris (Geography), Iori Simon (Chemistry), Miss Swan (Biology), Miss Jones (English).

School friends like Paul Brown (Brilliant on guitar), Peter Rees (my neighbour and cricket partner in Barmouth), Peter Davies (my good friend and very able musician), David Williams, Francis Pullman, Philip Pullman, David Edwards, Gwen Evans (Pop's daughter), Bobby Jones, Elizabeth Jones(from Harlech), David Watson, Sbardun, Rhian Evans (Now Rhian Munford), Rhian Jones (great voice), Margaret Jennings ('Jennings'), Patricia Simpson (Trish, my cousin - same age) and the Simpson family, still in Barmouth, Shan Owen, Thomas Owen, Ann Hall, Gene Day, Ozzie Evans who taught me how to play bridge, Spardun, Maureen Ellis, the Townsend brothers from Lawrenny Lodge, Nan Williams, Heather Jones, Anita Horsefall, Wendy Jones, Lynne and Victor Biddle, John Webb, John Foxwall, Gerald Thomas (Harlech), Josie Griffin (Now Whysall), Sinclair Gough,  Kenny Evans, the Hills brothers, Peter and Pam Jones (my cousins), Michael Kay and the Simpson sisters (my cousins) - Sheila, Patricia, Ann and Sandra. Sheila was May Queen and Tricia and I were her train bearers in the Barmouth Carnival one year (1956?).

Free milk at break with frosty bits in the winter (cream at the top) and tables for eight at lunch where the freshmen and women would sit at the very bottom of the table and receive the smaller rations until they matriculated to higher positions of grandeur to move slowly to the coveted table prefect position. Coconut and Jam pastry with custard, hardened beef with gravy, the king of meals - bangers and mash (solid bits included), sponge pudding. Bread and butter when the potato shortage came along. Semolina pudding, Rice Pudding and Lemon Curd on pastry. Bridge with Ozzie Evans on the steam trains going to Harlech, coaches with no corridors, homework on the train, bags through the windows, smelly compartments and soot in your eye. The day of the diesel engine and the demise of steam. Barmouth gasworks and the Blacksmith next to the Police Station at the back. Barmouth soccer club and the new playground next to the tennis courts. The barn. Ah yes, I remember it well.

Father O'Reilly (Roman Catholic priest in St Tudwals at the time - we said mass in Latin and I was an alter boy), Jackie Ellis (Ran the large 'Aspinalls' toy store in town back then). Aunty May, Will Cash and Carry, Will Humphreys, Iori Richards, and Cliff Probert who put in a lot of community time in Barmouth and was much appreciated by those he helped (He brought back my first guitar from Spain - thank you Cliff!). Cliff will always be remembered by me for building 'The Davy Jones' Locker" and the support he gave us in the Dragon Theatre with Gilbert and Sullivan productions and plays we put on from time to time (e.g., Hans the Witch and the Gobbin). The Locker gave us all a place to get away from it all and Cliff was always welcoming. He has a tremendous amount of energy and is definately a 'people' person. The 'Beehive' clothes store, Cadwalader Roberts hardware store, Glyn Williams (Chemist). Dr May, Dr Davies. Fish and Chips at 'The Dolphin'. Milk Shakes at Hyfenfa Meirion. The Mona Cafe. Keely Brazier, a wonderful local artist who captured many wonderful scenes with his paintbrush.

The White Cinema (Remember Charleton Heston in 'The Ten Commandments' and the rain drowning out the sound track as it hammered on the tin roof of the cinema, The Pavilion Cinema with the balconies and the couples in the back row. Balmoral Cafe for Ice Cream. The Marine Hotel where I learned to make cucumber sandwiches, wait on tables and 'Aida' the dishwasher. Hendre Mynach where I waited on tables and played Robin Hood in their woods with bows made out of sycamore and reeds for arrows. Crosville buses where my father and grandfather worked and I was a summer student working as a bus conductor with John Rees, Goronwy and Llew and others. Blades and Walter - the steady bus drivers. The Bath house where the mighty Mawddach river would swirl in anger at full tide and crabs would lie in abundance below the small 'pier' next to the bathhouse. The view from the 'Clock House' up the Estuary which never gets tiresome and can hold you for hours in awe. Lugworms and Soft-Shell crab for bait. Pot-holing by 'Blue Lake' and the Gold Mine in Bontddu. Swimming off the quayside at full tide. John Repath playing cricket and catching flounders. The pub across the Barmouth bridge (Barmouth Junction) where we would buy our first beer and smoke our first woodbine (A pack of five).  Christmas carols and the annual Christmas box pilgrimage for a half-crown or a shilling or two. John Jones who rented out the rowboats and wore a constant scowl on his face, smoking a pipe as he reluctantly rented out his skiffs to us so that we could row across to Ynys-y-brawdd and finally be alone with the world. Ferries to the Fairbourne railway and tourist trips up the Mawdach to Penmaenpool. The Barmouth quarry, Llanaber church and gravestones with former friends and family resting there.

The list goes on and on, but if you recognize some of the names above maybe you could drop me a line sometime.

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