Happenings in Pontypool in the 1920s and 1930s

From the many emails I’ve received from visitors to this blog, I know that some people have come across it quite accidentally when they’ve been researching their family history. For this reason I thought it might be helpful to publish this post about three somewhat unusual events which occurred in the 1920s and 1930s. Some visitors might recognise the names of some of their ancestors and might be able to comment with further details.

I was reminded of this brief account yesterday when my next-door neighbour told me that her cat had killed a snake in the garden and brought it up on to the lawn. Here is a comment published in the Western Mail on Monday 28th July 1927:

“Miss Littlehales, of Pontypool, killed a snake with her putter during the golf county championships at Tredegar Park, Newport.”

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For some unknown reason, the following account was published in the Hull Daily Mail on Tuesday 29th December 1931:


Sequel to Christmas Eve Crash

Mrs Edwards, wife of Amos George Edwards, a Monmouth farmer, died in Pontypool Hospital on Monday night of injuries received on Christmas Eve when their motor car overturned on the way home from Pontypool Market.
Her three-month-old baby died immediately after the accident, and Mr Edwards and a 12-year-old daughter are still in hospital.”

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This brief account tells of the great bravery of a Pontypool mother who lived in Cherry Tree Cottage, Pontypool. It was published in the Western Times on Friday 24th December 1937:

“Mrs Harold Harvey, of Cherry Tree Cottage, Pontypool, ran three times into her blazing home to rescue her six children.”

The address of the cottage is not given. If any visitor knows where this is – or was – please leave a comment.

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2 Responses to “Happenings in Pontypool in the 1920s and 1930s”

  1. Glenys Hughes Says:

    There was a Cherry Tree Cottage up cwmlickey,Pontypool

  2. C J Welsh Says:

    There used to be a Cherry Tree Cottage on the Tranch – somewhere above Club Row, if I remember rightly.

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