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Gwenda's Bwlchgwyn Welcome To Wales Life in Brythonfa The Village School

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I Remember...

My Life in Bwlchgwyn


Gwenda Lewis

"Welcome to Wales", Gwenda's introduction to life at Brythonfa on Wesley Road, Bwlchgwyn

In the summer of 1939 a young girl was told that she was going to stay with relatives in North Wales for the whole of the summer holiday. 

So it was that Gwenda left London, with her mother and her older brother, and arrived in Bwlchgwyn, where she was to spend the next four years.

This book, written primarily for private circulation amongst her family and friends, is a beautifully written account of the village during the war years, seen through the eyes of a city girl to whom country ways were novel and exciting experiences.

Many people have generously helped Gwenda with her research and consequently there is a good variety of pictures of the village, many from Gwenda's own collection and some from photographs loaned to Gwenda specifically for inclusion in this book.

Gwenda's father remained in London throughout the war and Gwenda wrote to him often. Fortunately for this book, her father kept her letters and postcards and some of these are reproduced here.

Of especial interest is the letter recounting the night the bombs fell on the village - how must her father have felt when he read that letter, having sent his family to the country for their safety?

"I Remember" is full of memories: Book Chapters: Gwenda Lewis Book Cover.jpg (3749 bytes)
  • a description of the village as it was in 1939
  • air raid precautions
  • shops and rationing
  • Chapel services at Nebo
  • Bwlchgwyn School, snow and epidemics
  • "Bombs dropped on North Wales Village"
  • Pastimes, children's games
  • Books, comics, plays and the radio
  • The cottage on Cefn Road
  • Farms and buttermilk
  • Ffynnon-y-Cwrw
  • Holidays and Nant-y-Ffrith
  • and so much more........
  1. Introduction
  2. Croeso I Gymru - Welcome to Wales
  3. War - All Change
  4. Life in "Brythonfa"
  5. Going to Chapel
  6. The Village School
  7. The War Comes to Bwlchgwyn
  8. Passing the Time
  9. Out and About
  10. "Y Bwthyn" - The Cottage
  11. The Farm, More About School - and a New Friend
  12. Fun in the Holidays
  13. Bwlchgwyn Through the Seasons
  14. Epilogue
Illustrations include:
  • Nant-y-Ffrith Hall

  • Fronheulog Hall

  • Vicarage

  • Dog & Partridge

  • Brooklyn Stores

  • King's Head

  • Nebo

  • School

  • Moses Edward's cottage

  • George Edwards & bus

  • Family Outing

  • Brymbo Road

  • Y Bwthyn

Read Extracts from Gwenda's book here.......

Please email me if you would like to know more about the book or would like to get in touch with Gwenda

'I Remember... My Life in Bwlchgwyn


Gwenda Lewis, 2005


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