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  • David Michael Jones

    Hi.
    I hope you can help me in a family search if someone died in Pencader in 1968 where would they be buried

  • Tim Fisher

    Hi I am interested in buying the old school at New Inn.I would like to keep it as original as possible on the outside. Would the community around the village object to this. Thanks Tim.

  • Anita Evans

    Mr.Fisher,
    I put your question to our Community Council on Tuesday night,and the general opinion is that our Council can’t really comment on this matter.
    The County Council is selling the school.

    Thankyou.

    S.Anita Evans(Clerk).

  • VIVIEN BARBOTEAU(NEE DAVIES)

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I would be most grateful if you could tell me if the school renovated on the Restoration Man programme is the primary in New Inn Pencader or not please.
    Thank you
    Yours Faithfully

    Mrs Barboteau

    • John Hubert

      Mrs Barboteau,
      The school featured in The Restoration Man episode was the old Primary School in Pencader village. The school at New Inn is a different building about 3 miles away. New Inn is referred to a New Inn, Pencader because Pencader was the postal hub for the area.

  • Janet Bowie

    My great grandfather, William Jones, born in 1857, says he was born on a farm, PPanty Budryn, Pencader, Carmarthenshire. Is that farm still there?
    Thank you,
    Janet Jones Bowie

  • Janet Bowie

    John, Thank you for the wonderful picture. I read the “Memories of Pentre Draw” on this website and the writer says,”….Next you come to a ruin of a cottage where the conductor of the famous Mormon Children’s Choir was born. The family emigrated to America. There are a few hymns that he composed in their hymn book”.

    I thought it might be of interest to your readers that in my Gr grandfathers history, this was written (William ended up a rancher in Idaho)….”Evan Stephens and William Jones paled around growing up in Pencader. Evan and William frequently attended singing practice. Evan always carried a copy of a hymnbook under his arm. William’s mother, Mary Jones, said she was a fine alto singer once and Evan Stephens agreed. After coming to the United States she gave it up. She said her voice was “cracked”. Evans Stephens later became the noted leader of the Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir and wrote the music and text for several hymns in the hymnbook. At ten years of age, William was hired out to a man who had a flour mill near his home at Pantybwdran. He had to get up in the morning at four o’clock and do all of the chores, such as, cleaning the cow and horse stalls by candlelight before going to breakfast. At the mill, he watched men carrying bags containing several bushels of barley or oats up the stairs. One day he observed a woman perform the same feat and decided to try the same stunt. But he was prevented from doing so by the mill owner.”
    Mary’s brother, David Jones ended up marrying Mary Stephens one of Evan Stephens sisters after they came to the United States.
    Thank you again John for everything.
    Janet

    • William Maldwyn Stephens

      My grandfather was Evan Stephens’ first cousin. My grandfather and Evan Stephens’fathers were two brothers. David Phillips Stephens and Thomas Daniel Stephens. I live in a town about twelve miles from Pencader, called Carmarthen in west Wales.

  • Alison Doutch

    Dear Janet

    John Hubert has passed a copy of your enquiry to us. We have lived at Pantybwdran Mawr (mawr meaning large as opposed to our neighbour who lives at Pantybwdran Bach, meaning small).
    We bought the property three and a half years ago at which time it has been renovated and extended by the previous owners.
    It is a smallholding with ten acres. At the time the young couple who did the property up, bought it, there was about 30 acres.
    It is a lovely property with views right across the valley. As I understand it, this house has been a farm for a very long time whereas the neighbouring property was built on the site of a saw mill some years ago. Whether that has any connection with the flour mill I don’t know

    If you can let me have your email address I will send you some photos. I don’t seem to be able to attach them doing this through the village website. It is very interesting to discover some of the history to our property

    Best wishes
    Alison

  • Chloe price

    Good morning all,
    I have been looking into moving to pencader with my family I have 2 sons the eldest is 11 and youngest is 3 and would like to find out more about schooling in your area I notice you have primary schools but my eldest would have to go to Lampeter for secondary school is this correct?
    If so are there any school buses that run from pencader to Lampeter school and are all the schools Welsh speaking? Sadly we do not speak Welsh but are very willing to learn.
    Thank you
    Chloe

  • David Stephens

    Dear Janet,
    I also am descended from the same Stephens line, My Great X 3 grandfather was Daniel Daniel Stephens of Blaen Pant and Ann Phillips Alltfechan. In my research I have found 13 children, which includes Daniel Daniel Stephens born 1797 who died aged abt. 7 yrs old, and David Daniel Stephens born 1808 became the new Daniel of the family.
    It is interesting to note that David Daniel and his brother Thomas Daniel Stephens
    both appear on the 1891 census,living together, widowers, Daniel being an Anglican, Thomas an Independent, one being buried at Hen Capel, and the other at Llanfihangel-ar-Arth Church, it shows the diversity of religion within the family. especially when you include the Mormons.
    Thomas & Daniel’s birth dates taken from the headstones and do not conform exactly with those published on the Mormon websites, the reason is probably because they relied on their memories to record, whilst the actual registers etc remained in Wales.
    To have a family naming all their second names as Daniel can confuse matters, but I also have five generations of all fathers being a Daniel Stephens, and a few second marriages makes things even worse !
    Best Wishes
    David Stephens

  • I have some old photos of Wilfred Williams from Alltwalis , he used to own the Fowler road roller featured in one of your articles.
    Wilfred was my great uncle.
    My father brother and myself have driven Evening Star.
    It was sold to a chap called David Webster from Ludlow in South Shropshire.
    At the moment I cannot send the photographs to your site due to some technical problem.
    Regards.
    Mike Watkins.

  • Robert Williams

    Firstly may I congratulate you on this website, it is very interesting.

    I wonder if anyone could help me. I am researching my family tree and from checking various censues, birth certificates and marriage certificates I have found that my great great Grandparents lived and worked at the Beehive in Llanfihangel ar arth during the 1860, 70′s and 80′s, my Great Grandmother being born there. I would like to know the history of this public house during that period, including details of Inn Keepers, licensees or landlord details from that period.

    To your knowledge was there a Farmers Arms in Pencader during the same period and if so I am looking for the same sort of information

    Do you have someone who has knowledge of the requested information or would anyone be able to point me in the right direction for me to find such information myself?

    Kind regards

    Rob Williams

  • Lorna perry

    Hi. My father was born in Pencader in 1930 and lived in Penrhyw for 8 years. There was a small field attached to the house and he later went to Llandysul county Grammar school. I wonder if you can give me any information about the house and whether it’s still there and if there is any way I could get a photo of his grammar school year. He’s quite poorly and one thing that always perks him up is talking about his childhood. Thank you.

  • antony coakley

    Hi
    I am hoping to build a model of Pencader station in 0 gauge “7mm to the foot gauge”. I see the station has been made, would anyone have any old photos I could copy. I am starting on the signal box first. I have looked at the slide show of the model on this site and can see the signal box has rear windows, which I didn’t know because all the pictures I have looked at on the various sites just show the front and sides of the signal box.
    yours sincerely
    Antony C

    • John Radford

      Hi Antony, I have seen lots of pictures of the station in Pencader, in all the pictures looking from the hill to the west of the station, that could show the back of the signal box, the box is hidden by large trees. I can see no reason to have windows on the back of the box.
      The gentleman who made the model came to Pencader in the 60s to get information to make the model, but I am not sure if the box was there then or not.
      There is a group in Cardiff who are also making a model of Pencader station, I will email you his email address, they may be able to help.
      John Radford

  • D B Williams

    I am trying to trace the working history of Willie George Williams

    He was born in 1901 and was married in 1930

    He worked on a steam roller in Carmarthenshire. He worked away during the week living in a hut towed behind the roller returning to his home in Beulah on a motor bike

    He lived in Ty’r Ardd
    Plas Troed yr Aur
    Beulah
    New Castle Emlyn Carmarthenshire .

    I am his grandson.

    I know he worked in Brecon on one job/scheme.

    I wonder if he worked for a firm in Alltwallis

    • Chris Fuller

      Hello there.
      If you are referring to Mr Wilfred Williams, the answer is yes, he did operate from Alltwalis,
      his cottage is just down the A485 about a mile from here, he used to park his steam roller outside his cottage, with his living van. I f you access the Pencader website you will find an article ( Alltwalis steamroller) I found his roller at the Great Dorset Steam Fair a few years ago, It is still steaming following extensive restoration.

      We do have contact with the owners of his cottage, and there is documentary evidence of his lifr in Alltwalis.

      Good luck
      Chris

  • Ann Laws

    Hi , I wondered whether anyone could point me in the right direction. Do you know of anyone in Gwyddgrug that lived there during WWII that would remember the London evacuees who lived there? My father was one of the children and I am interested in finding out some of the info.
    Kind Regards, Ann Laws (Australia)

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