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Breconshire / Re: Castle Green Inn Talgarth
« on: Thursday 19 August 21 21:17 BST (UK)  »
Pity that neither of us realised we'd been in contact on here when you came into Talgarth Mill today!  I'll check through our records and let you know what I find; looking forward to receiving details of your Stephens family.  I'll email you tomorrow.


The Common Room / Re: Researching an address
« on: Tuesday 03 August 21 21:23 BST (UK)  »
Tithe maps are really useful.  I live in Wales and the National Library of Wales website has free access to the tithe maps themselves, as well as to the accompanying information regarding freeholders, tenants and suchlike. I don't know where you are, but might be worth checking to see if these are available online for your area.

When I lived in an old house we traced its history back for several generations via the title deeds, which were really interesting. However, since compulsory registration of land this does mean that you may not get a complete set of title deeds any more.

Best of luck with your search


Breconshire / Re: Castle Green Inn Talgarth
« on: Thursday 22 July 21 21:00 BST (UK)  »
Looking at the 1881 census, it seems that there were separate dwellings shown after the entry for what is shown as "Castle Green" Inn.  I'm not sure which building currently was the inn referred to.  The Green is a road which leads from Talgarth to Bronllys Castle, hence the 'Castle Green' name.  There are currently two pubs along that road, one called The Castle (a possibility).  The next one towards Bronllys is The New Inn which appears on page 3 of the census.  The problem with that area is that the layout has changed considerably since the 1880s with quite a bit of modern (ie 20th century) development, but there are some original houses which still remain.  The National Library of Wales has tithe maps of the area which can be useful for identifying properties and owners, but I think their latest online tithe map is about 1842.  As a matter of interest for you, there are still families with the name of Stephens living in Talgarth.


Breconshire / Re: Powells of Aberbrane (Mills)
« on: Thursday 01 July 21 20:59 BST (UK)  »
Looking at the parish maps on Genuki, I think that Aberbran is in the parish of Aberysgir.  There is a piece about the village on Wiki which details the unfortunate demise of the last miller there:

Unfortunately, this was not an uncommon fate for millers who got their clothing caught in the machinery.


Post script: I've subsequently found a reference to 'Aberbran, Trallong' so that suggests it might be in Trallong/Trallwng parish. 

Looks like Hardwicke Street to me.  Coincidentally, earlier this evening I was looking at a map of Sunderland to work out where Lombard Street was, wherein lived my 2 x great grandfather who was a coal miner at Wearmouth Colliery.

Technical Help / Re: Using phone as satnav.
« on: Sunday 06 June 21 19:48 BST (UK)  »
Many of the wilder, upland or remote areas don't have a phone signal so if you are going into such areas you need to take an OS map with you - and know how to read it.

Breconshire / Re: Davies of llywell
« on: Wednesday 02 June 21 08:58 BST (UK)  »
I'm still trying to find my book with notes about the various Trecastle/Llywel families, but I do have information on one branch of the Davies family.  They lived at The Bear, Trecastle, where we moved to in the 1980s, it then being called Bear House. It was a former pub, but later used by a stone mason so the gardens were strewn with pieces of stone cherub and half-finished gravestones. It was a lovely place; I wish I still lived there.

The Davies family as they appear at Bear, Trecastle in the 1911 census are:
Thomas Davies, widower, Stone Mason, aged 74 (so born abt 1837), Trallong  (his wife's name was Elizabeth)
William Davies, married, aged 29, Stone Mason, born Trecastle
Harriet Davies, wife of William Davies
Violet Elizabeth Davies aged 7
Thomas Gordon Davies aged 2
David Brychan Davies aged 6 months

I'm wondering if this Thomas Davies is one of those you are looking for?


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Surname suggestion please?
« on: Tuesday 01 June 21 21:17 BST (UK)  »
I've known people from the north of England with the surname Mullinger.  Not sure if this is of any help but might be worth checking out.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Cause of death
« on: Sunday 30 May 21 21:36 BST (UK)  »
I agree with influenza.  We don't have a date of death do we?  I'm wondering if they were another casualty of the post WW1 influenza pandemic.

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