Friday, 10 March 2017

Thanks to Della

Della from Pen-y-cefn-isa sent me some old photograps of the village for my archived history blog.
I thought they were interesting enough to be showcased here...enjoy
Overlooking the village in the late 1930s 

A rather untidy churchyard circa 1910

A photo of the entire village's civil defence during ww2

A rare shot of the members of the local hunt on top of Gop Hill, note the entrance to gop cave
Long since dismantled  

28 comments:

  1. Very thoughtful of Della! Interesting photos!

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  2. Historical photos like that are always so interesting, aren't they.

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  3. Landscapes in your part of the world always remind me of a patchwork quilt. Beautiful.

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  4. I always find old photos of people the most poignant; it's a 'transience of life' thing.

    Trawling back through previous blog posts, I noticed you'd featured the Civil Defence photo, a few years back. At that time you talked about taking a 'Group' village photo on the Rectory lawns. Did that ever materialise?

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  5. The Civil Defence. Ah memories of my Mother who was a leading light. Never heard the end of that. Thanks John. Not really.

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  6. Wonderful ! I love old photos, I love seeing homes and the way the streets looked then vs now .. how people looked .
    There must be a photo of you somewhere, a little boy in short pants, cute as a button, hating to stand still for a photograph to be taken :)

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  7. Good heavens! You were in the village's civil defence force in WWII! There you are sitting at the far left of the third row down, looking off into space. The uniform suited you - have you still got it?

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  8. Old photos of places today are wonderful reminders of a bygone era. They are a beauty of awe and amazement of how things change. It was so kind of her.

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  9. What great photos. Have you thought of trying to go to the exact spot (or as close as you could of course) and take a "today" photo? That would be so cool. The church photo, witgh the headstones, should be easy to get that exact same angle.

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    1. What a great idea!

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    2. I shall do that..but jason ( affable despot) has done several of these ( in the same photo) you can see them by clicking on the photo of auntie gladys on the side bat it will then take you to the history blog itself

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  10. I love old photos; doesn't matter if I know who or what they're of, I like them anyway. It's something about the magic of seeing into the past, even if it was just a moment in time.

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  11. I was expecting a recipe.

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    1. Della not fucking delia x

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  12. What a treasure. Is the church still standing?

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    1. Im looking at it as i type this ......services most sundays

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  13. Wonderful. I love the cycle of tidy and untidy. It shows how much our communal places rely on community. This cycle gives me hope when things I'm involved in look neglected.

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  14. A wonderful trip into the past...If you could photograph the same areas today and place them side by side, I'm sure that would be interesting, too.

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  15. I love looking at old photos of our village & really must go to one of the history talks.

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  16. I love seeing photos like these. Is there anyone you know in the Civil Defense photo?

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  17. What is/was The Gop Cave?

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    1. The cairn on top of the hillis the second largest neolithic burial mound in the uk. In the late 1900 century the mound was excavated and the small cave below the cairn enlarged

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    2. Ah. Interesting. Any finds in the local museum? (questions, questions...)

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    3. Nothing of note, the cairn was never used as far as can be told. Hyena bones and the like was found in the caves

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  18. Several have been pointed out to me by gladys and mr davis ( chapel house) but i think all now have died a few recently in the village

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  19. Great old pictures. Is the "cairn" still open?

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