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Bontnewydd House
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Bontnewydd House
Bontnewydd Farmhouse as it is today. The farm itself was bought by the Lewis family some time in the late 1500s. The family farmed here into the 20C. Its original name was Tyr y Bontnewydd ar Vargoed which means the farmland of the new bridge over the Bargoed river. The village of Trelewis was built by the Lewis family upon the farm lands, but the main house and barn is still standing, though of course much altered and modernised (skylights in the roof for a start!). The original home of the Lewis family, the land holding is very old, traceable back into the middle ages, and possibly even earlier. However the first traceable Lewis owner was William Lewis who mortgaged the property in 1605.
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Bontnewydd House
William Lewis
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William Lewis
William Lewis of Bontnewydd 1827-1903. Born in a small holding next to Bontnewydd called Ty Shag. His father, also William Lewis, died when he was 5, and he and his 3 sisters - Elizabeth, Mary & Margaret - were brought up by his Mother, Elizabeth. He had 9 children - including Elizabeth who married Captain Watkin Lewis. Their daughter, Mary Gwendoline (Lyn) 1885-1967) was Granny to E,L,C. He was much involved in the community - Churchwarden in Gelligaer Parish Church, on the Committee of the local Agricultural Society etc He is commemorated by a plaque in Gelligaer church placed by his "nine sorrowing children". .
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William Lewis
Mary Lewis
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Mary Lewis
Mary Lewis, nee Richards (1832-1906). Wife of William Lewis of Bontnewydd (1827-1903). Grandmother to Gwendolyn Lewis, who was Granny Thomas to E,L,C
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Mary Lewis
Parents, daughters, daughters in law
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Parents, daughters, daughters in law
In the centre are William Lewis and his wife Mary. From top right are Mary (1871-1949), Edward (1877-1909), who was the father of Uncle James, Jersey & grandfather of Dr Jane Watkeys, Elizabeth (m.Capt Watkin Lewis), Hannah (Auntie Muriel's Mother), Joan, Baby Lyn Lewis (Granny to ELC), Lizzie Phillips of Brooklands, Nelson who was a first cousin (her mother was William Lewis's sister, Margaret), finally in the striped blouse is Jenny, wife of Lewis Lewis, William's second son.
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Parents, daughters, daughters in law
Daniel Lewis
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Daniel Lewis
Daniel Lewis, (1864-1927). As the eldest son he inherited Bontnewydd in1903, He died intestate and childless, and as a result the Bontnewydd Estate came into being. At one time this was extensive - consisting of streets of terraced houses, shops, a pub (the Bontnewydd, still in business) etc. The last remnants are in process of being disposed of in 2006 by the trustees, Liz Nash, Greg Buick and Jane Watkeys. There are still 20 or so beneficiaries (including KWJ) entitled to varying shares, inherited from those children of William Lewis, Daniel's father, who had issue.
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Daniel Lewis
Elizabeth Lewis
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Elizabeth Lewis
Elizabeth Lewis (1858-1922, daughter of William Lewis of Bontnewydd Farm & his wife, Mary. Elizabeth married Captain Watkin Lewis. Their daughter, Gwendoline (Lyn) married David H Thomas of Berthgron (see Berthgron Folder). Their children were Mary, Wilf, Bette.
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Elizabeth Lewis
Thomas Lewis, Bontnewydd
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Thomas Lewis, Bontnewydd
Thomas Lewis, 1873- 1856, grandfather to Greg Buick, current joint trustee of the Bontnewydd estate with Liz Nash and Jane Watkeys.
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Thomas Lewis, Bontnewydd
Mary Lewis (Edwards)
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Mary Lewis (Edwards)
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Mary Lewis (Edwards)
Hannah Matthews, nee Lewis
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Hannah Matthews, nee Lewis
Hannah Lewis (b 1862). The fourth daughter of William & Mary Lewis of Bontnewydd, married Jack Matthews. Their only child was Muriel. (Auntie Mu to ELC). She and Lyn Lewis (Granny Brooklands to ELC) were very close friends and were at boarding school together in Ashford, Middx.
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Hannah Matthews, nee Lewis