Archive for December, 2012

The great Afon Llwyd flood

December 30, 2012

It’s amazing how little it sometimes needs to set of a memory recall of many years ago. I’ve recently experienced this as a result of the severe flooding in various parts of the UK over recent weeks.

As I have recounted in earlier posts, when I was living at Wern Terrace my family and I used to walk from there to Osborne Cottage in Pontnewynydd to visit my paternal grandparents. We also visited them when we lived at Wainfelin but the journey was about half the distance.

During some of these visits some of the older folk would recall the terrible flood that had occurred some years earlier when the Afon Llwyd river was almost full to the top of the banks and they saw pianos and dead cows floating down the river. It must have been a frightening sight for my grandparents as the banks of the river were only a matter of a few yards the other side of the garden boundary hedge.

No one had apparently taken any photographs of the event and I have never come across any reference to it anywhere, but I should think that there must have been some reference to the flood in some newspapers at the time. I know that some regular visitors to this blog contribute to newspaper archives, so I’m wondering whether they might have come across an account. I’ve done a Google search but found nothing.

I can’t remember a date being mentioned when the graphic story of the flood was told to me but, as we moved from Wern Terrace when I was seven, it must have been either in the very early nineteen-thirties or, more likely, some time in the nineteen-twenties. I can’t guarantee these dates as I am going on a memory of close on 80 years ago.

I suppose hoping for a photograph of this event is a bit ambitious but a newspaper account is a reasonable hope. So if anyone has any information, please email me or make a comment.

A Christmas Card for all Visitors to my Blog

December 21, 2012

Christmas card for blog

MY GREETINGS TO ALL VISITORS.
I HOPE YOU HAVE A HAPPY TIME OVER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD.

I INVITE YOU TO RENEW YOUR VISITS IN THE NEW YEAR