Ifan Pengroes was a cobbler
in Rhiw in the forties and whenever he was asked how much repairs would cost
whatever the repair the answer was always 7/6!!! Wil Penbwlch bought all
Ifan’s old equipment and carried on the work at Penbwlch.
Robin the Post, who lived
with Rolant Bryngoleu during the forties and fifties used to catch rabbits, with
the help of his dog Fly. The rabbits would be sold in pairs and many of them
went to Liverpool or Manchester. O J Williams Sarn had a lorry that used to take
the rabbits to the cities.
John Terfyn Ucha used to
make an ointment for ringworm out of butter freshly churned and unsalted, he
added certain plants to it and a tin of it would cost a penny.
Dora Williams Tyn Graig
(Dora Eifion) was always telling ghost stories and she believed in the presence
of spirits, she always used to say that she would often see a ghost walking
along the road that leads to the church in Rhiw.
At Christmas time Dora would
go up to the school and give the children an apple and orange each as a gift.
The first television set in
Rhiw was owned by Mr and Mrs Loasby of Ffor
this was at the beginning of the fifties, they had a huge mast in the garden
with a double aerial on top ( The size of a bed) so that they could get a signal
from Holme Moss. Various wires ran out from the mast to secure it from the wind,
unfortunately it came down during a severe storm on top of the greenhouse.The
Loasby’s would invite folk to watch the t.v. especially on special days such
as Cup Final Day.
When William Tyddyn Meirion
came to settle his bill for making clogs or repairing his shoes he used to say
“What’s the damage?”.
Maggie Penbwlch asked Dr
Bobi what the little purple heart shaped pills he’d given her to raise her
spirits were for and his reply was “ A whip for a tired horse”!!!!!
Wil Penbwlch was a water
diviner and before mains water came to Rhiw Wil was much in demand. He used to
go round the farms and find water sources so that the farmers could open up
wells. Wil had a water divining rod made out of willow that he’d hold in his
hands and when he came across a source of water the rod would quiver so much so
that his whole body would tremble with the force. He even knew how deep to dig
to find the source of water. He always used to say that the experience used to
make him feel quite ill.
Bonfire night was quite an
event during the forties and fifties. Stuff for the bonfire was gathered weeks
in advance and stored in the old MOD garage near "Pen Clip" then on
bonfire night the fire was lit on the Clip itself, and could be seen from the
whole of Llyn and parts of Eifionydd. As well as the fireworks the older lads
used to make ‘bombs’ from lighting carbide in treacle tins, the explosion
would send the lid flying for some considerable distance.
Tecwyn Tan y
During the forties Tecwyn
Tanmuriau was quite a hero to the local schoolboys.Tecwyn was a bit of a speed
merchant on his motorbike and all the boys would watch in awe as he rounded the
bend near Pwll Melyn, he used to have the footrests folded so that the bike
The garage at Trip was an
industrious place and Wil Trip and Wil Penbwlch would often work into the and
sometimes through the night. They’d be fiddling around with the engines and
the cars they’d even put new bodies on old chasis and do it with some success.
Wil Penbwlch couldn’t go long without a cigarette and oftentimes he’d send
up one of his boys to Seaview at two in the morning, Robert Sea View was always
up at all hours and the boys would knock on the window to draw his attention,
then push the money through the letterbox and eventually Robert would pass out
the cigarettes, this he would do without complaint despite the late hour. Even
though the doors were locked you could say that like ‘Arkwrights’ Sea View
was ‘Open all hours’!!!
During the second world war
there was a hostel for the miners at Llwynfor. Every Wednesday films would be
shown such as Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin and the villagers were
welcome to watch. One of the highlights was the film made locally called ‘Farm
by the Sea’ by the Carborundum Company. The film starred Morris and Robert
Evans, Jane Catrin their sister and Rolant Tyddyn Morthwyl the farmhand, all
going about their daily life on the farm. Other villagers also appeared in the
film Tom the Post, John Daniel Erw, and Willie Bodwyddog. A copy of the film can
be found at The National Library of Wales.
Thanks to Mr Carroll Hughes,
for these interesting Snippets.