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Brynfynnon House
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Brynfynnon House
A drawing of Brynffynnon House shortly after it was built, showing the planting of laurels and pines on the steep slope in front of the house. The branch line to the Trelewis colliery can be seen behing the house, with an archway at the top of Captain's Hill leading to Trelewis village in the background. Possibly drawn by Daniel Lewis, who was a mining engineer - this looks like a technical drawing in its details and accuracy.
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Brynfynnon House
Brynfynnon House
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Brynfynnon House
Brynfynnon House, built in late 1800s by Captain Watkin Lewis, a fine Victorian house. View from the south with Trelewis village behind. The hill to the left is still called Captain's Hill, after Captain Watkin Lewis. In 2006 the land behind the house was sold by the Bontnewydd Estate for development. At this time the house was used as a kennels and I have recently heard that it caught fire and will probably be demolished. How convenient for the developers!
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Brynfynnon House
Brynfynnon,Trelewis.
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Brynfynnon,Trelewis.
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Brynfynnon,Trelewis.
Captain Watkin Lewis
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Captain Watkin Lewis
Captain Watkin Lewis (1846-1922). Born illegitimate in Aberdare, he was brought up by the Bontnewydds (family rumour has it that he was a distant relative). He married Elizabeth Lewis, one of the daughters of William Lewis, Bontnewydd.. Their only child was Gwendolyn (Lyn) who married David Hubert Thomas and was Granny to E,L,C. Watkin was Master and part owner of the sailing barque, The Abercarne. David Thomas has an oil painting of this ship, as well as Watkin's Masters Certificate, medical instruments etc. Liz has the silver plated water jug he used on board ship.
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Captain Watkin Lewis
Captain Watkin & Elizabeth Lewis
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Captain Watkin & Elizabeth Lewis
Captain Watkin Lewis (1846-1922) and his wife Ellizabeth (1858-1922) of Bontnewydd
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Captain Watkin & Elizabeth Lewis
Elizabeth Lewis
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Elizabeth Lewis
Elizabeth Lewis (1858-1922) looks rather haughty here. I gather the Bontnewydd girls were tall and fair and striking looking
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Elizabeth Lewis
Lyn Thomas
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Lyn Thomas
Gwendolyn Thomas (1885-1967) as toddler. She married David Hubert Thomas (a first cousin) and was Granny to E,L,C.
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Lyn Thomas
Lyn Thomas & Gwen
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Lyn Thomas & Gwen
Girl on the lefti is Lyn Thomas, grandmother to Liz, Lindy, Claire. Gwen may be her first cousin, Gwenllian Lewis.
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Lyn Thomas & Gwen
Lyn Lewis
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Lyn Lewis
Lyn Lewis, in her teens.
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Lyn Lewis
Elizabeth Lewis, Lyn & Mary
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Elizabeth Lewis, Lyn & Mary
Lyn Lewis (1885-1967), the daughter of Elizabeth and Captain Watkin Lewis is on the right, with her Mother, and her second child, Mary (Auntie Mary to E,L,C). Her first child, a boy called Watkin, died as a baby. Wilfrid and Bette were to follow.
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Elizabeth Lewis, Lyn & Mary
Elizabeth Lewis, Mary, Lyn
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Elizabeth Lewis, Mary, Lyn
Elizabeth Lewis on the left with her daughter, Lyn Thomas, and first granddaughter Mary
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Elizabeth Lewis, Mary, Lyn
Mary & Watkin Lewis, her Grandfather
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Mary & Watkin Lewis, her Grandfather
Mary, (Lyn & David H Thomas's daughter, Auntie Mary to E,L,C), with her grandfather Watkin Lewis
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Mary & Watkin Lewis, her Grandfather
Capt.Watkin Lewis (L)
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Capt.Watkin Lewis (L)
Tom Lewis was Watkin's brother in Law, married to Watkin's wife, Elizabeth's sister, Joan. He farmed at Llwyngolau, just south of the Hendai. Tom died in 1895, aged 33. He was a churchwarden in Gelligaer Parish Church. Uncle James Lewis, Jersey, was brought up by his aunt Joan on Llwngolau
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Capt.Watkin Lewis (L)
Muriel Mathews
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Muriel Mathews
Muriel Mathews. Lyn and Muriel were first cousins and close friends. They were at boarding school together in Ashford
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Muriel Mathews
School for Welsh Girls, Ashford
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School for Welsh Girls, Ashford
Lyn went away to school - High School for Welsh Girls, Ashford, nr Staines. This photo is from a postcard she sent to her parents on April 16th 1902. The school still operates but is now called St David's School. This building is now the Prep School.
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School for Welsh Girls, Ashford
School for Welsh Girls, Ashford
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School for Welsh Girls, Ashford
Another postcard from Ashford Girls School. Perhaps Lyn is one of the tennis players
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School for Welsh Girls, Ashford