Mr Flower introduces Rhiw to a
Back in the early
sixties Mr and Mrs Watkins came to live at Berwyn, Rhiw. At the time Mr
Flower a retired Librarian lived at Bryn y Fran, and he thought it might
be rather helpful of him to introduce and naturally give his thoughts on
the residents of Rhiw, as one did and so he compiled and wrote this list.
Here are one man’s impressions of some of the residents of Rhiw in the
Keating, Plas yn Rhiw
Miss Eileen, Miss Lona,
Idwal, below Penponcyn
( the old inn)
Griff, Moel yr Wyn.
Elsie and her mother.
Brother John and his wife live in Wimbledon, Surrey.
Shop halfway to Aberdaron. Is brother to Mrs Griffith, Post Office, as
Williams, Capt. House
on left before Parish church. Has many relatives in the district. The
daughters both married one living at Barrach farm, the other in Canada.
The old chap very cantankerous, one has to be very careful what one says.
He is now living with his daughter after an illness – house was still
unoccupied when we came away.
Jones, ‘Trip’, beside
the Garage and wife. He was a driver on Crosville. The first Mrs Jones had
three sons Will (Garage), one a driver on Crosville and another living at
Llanfair PG, Anglesey and two daughters. This first Mrs Jones was sister
to Mrs Hughes, opposite chapel (next to you). Will’s wife is sister to Mrs
Jones (Dairy) and Mrs Roberts, Llanwenan (Selwyn’s mother) that is the
farm beyond Penarfynydd Farm.
Jones Harry (Farmer)
Ty Croes Mawr. Farm belongs to – Grey, Loasby and Harry Jones is the
working partner. His wife is daughter of the late John Williams who sold
us his uncle’s cottage Bryn y Fran. Her sister married Harry Jones brother
and continues to live in her father’s house Groeslon – corner of 2nd road
left going to Aberdaron. John Williams lost his wife while living here and
later gave it (Groeslon) to his daughter Myra (Mair). He John Williams
bought Ty Croes Mawr – was farmed by him for a number of years, then he
gave it to his other daughter Kitty and her husband Harry Jones. John
Williams intended building a bungalow on the fork of the bridle road, even
planned it, but this was not permitted. He bought Bryn Tirion. He bought
Conion and sold Bryn Tirion. He died of cancer 12-2- 61. Conion nine and a
half acres, originally belonged to Capt Williams – this went to Harry
Jones, the house was sold to a retired Liverpool building contractor.
Groeslon was originally a single floor cottage, it was converted to a
house sometime after 1950 by John Williams.
Jones, Bryn Ffoulk,
little house beside road and below Plas yn Rhiw, where there are sheep and
chickens. Mrs Jones’s second husband was mate on the Queen Mary. Brother
to Mrs Nellie Owen (widow) Bryn y Ffynnon on the hillside above Dr Maud
Richards and her companion Miss Nora Higgins Tyn Parc. Mrs Nellie Owen has
another brother living with her who has recently had both feet amputated –
these, the Jones, Richards and Owen are not on terms with the Misses
The two bungalows
facing down the village (beyond the Community Hall) – the first one.
Williams, Tom and his
wife, Gwelfor, Mrs W, had a stroke about 1961, but has recovered quite
Williams, John, his
brother the next bunglow Hirael. We call him ‘London Williams’, he was
chief buyer to Harrods, Knightsbridge, London. He lost his wife August
1962. Some connection with Mrs Jones, Lon Las, first house on right below
Loasby’s. She Mrs Jones is connected with Daniel Rowlands, the house
opposite – he is now 86 or 87 years old (birthday 29th May). ‘London
Williams’ is also connected with Miss Griffith and her brother Tyn Lon
Fach, little farm on the S bend. The parents of Tom and John Williams
owned the house opposite John Owens (farmer) and also the house at the
bottom of the hill, opposite the entrance to Plas yn Rhiw.
Griffith (ill tempered devil) Moelwyn View, opposite Shop Newydd (grocers)
He is step brother to Miss Jeannie Thomas Ty Canol, bottom of hill below
Loasby’s. She is not on good terms with her step brother.
previously quoted, adopted Mrs Jones (Dairy). He was on the Blue Funnel or
Red Funnel Line.
Williams, Dora, Eifion
House (just below Loasby’s and on same side)
Beware – she is to be
avoided at all cost.
Williams, Miss Bryn
Awel, son and two daughters.
Griffiths, Miss Mary,
died 1963 Tyddyn Morthwyl (next door Jones builders) son Rowland
Griffiths, farming for Miss Evans, Penarfynydd. Miss Griffith was also
related to ‘London Williams’.
Owen, Miss, Bryn
Tirion – son Will (Post), her brother lives next door with her mother
brother of Llewelyn Wyn Griffiths, author of ‘Wooden Spoon’ etc, Conion
Wheelers, Smithy, Ward, Chidley and one or two others.
Institute, - I think most of the village are members.
impossible to give all the connections, would have to live here for years.
Think you had better, take it that they are all connected in someway or