Friday, 22 May 2020

1978 School Project - Marros

Some notes from Trudy Ebsworth’s Marros School Project 1978

The name Marros comes from Mawr Rhos – large moor.  A 16c map shows it as MARRAS.

There are many ruined cottages about – at one time there were carpenters, blacksmiths, masons, farmers, hauliers and a herbalist.  Many also worked in the small quarries.  Hetty was also called on to help deliver babies – and was called a ‘witch doctor’.
The herbalist, Hetty Wilkins, lived in the cottage behind the church, there was a grinding stone there till about 20 years ago.

The annual fair was on 10th August, St Lawrence Day.  The Perseus meteor showers take place from 1-20th August and were also called St Lawrence Tears.  My grandmother went to live at Marros Farm 53 years ago and there were still old animal tethering posts still in position then.
It was said there had been a toll gate a few hundred yards on the Pendine side of Marros Cross.
The old Roman Road came down via Meidrim to St Clears, Llansadurnan, Castle Lloyd and Marros and then on to the Roman Villa at Trelessy.

In 1868 30 large earthenware vessels full of bones were found by the graveyard walls.  The church was renovated and enlarged in 1884 by Alfred James of Llanteg.  There is a large slate slab in the vestry wall stating 121 additional sittings.  An old oak chest is in the vestry with the following inscription:
DX 1 CW1 8 15
Also a stag’s head brass inkstand in memory of James Thomas, clerk of Marros Church for 40 years, presented by his children.
Originally the church had a lynch gate, but it was removed when the graveyard was extended.
The eastern window shows Jesus and Mary, while the one near the lectern shows St Lawrence.  The stone font has an oak and iron lid and there is a stoup in the porch.
The oldest gravestone is from 1802.  A tall stone fixed into a round millstone was put there by Major Morgan Jones in memory of an unknown sailor who was found on Marros beach by his workmen.

The oldest person buried there was 107 and the youngest 3 days – neither had a stone.

Some of the old gravestones came from Pwll Green.  The stone for the churchyard walls came from the ruined cottages nearly.  Near the steps in the wall are inscriptions from those who helped to build it from 1786-1899.

The War Memorial
The work was carried out by Thomas Harries – Tommy Harrie, a local mason who lived at Pwll Green by the quarry.  He made no charge, all the local men gave their help freely.  Ex-servicemen were not allowed to help.  The stones from Pwll quarry were dragged by my great grandfather and great uncle with teams of horses.  The cross piece looked like a coffin – they were dragged from the megalith at Marros Mountain.
Tommie Harrie was an expert with ovens, and would also build houses and sheds.  Often walking 20 miles for work, he would make use of his time by setting rabbit snares on the way.
There are ruins at Pyett’s Well (another name for magpies).

Marros Mill was in use until 1820, farmers took corn down there with donkeys.

ROVER – wrecked 1870s – visible in the sand at Ragwen Point.  An Irish ship carrying coal.  Mrs Lewis of Underhill Farm apparently walked the beach all night with a lantern to warn and save lives.
TREVIGA – 1923 – a Russian ship from Riga.  Its first trip from Trinidad to Cardiff with pitch and it was trying to shelter out a storm by Caldey.
FRANCES BEDDOE – built in Saundersfoot and launched in 1877. In 1920 it ran aground in fog on Pendine Sands.  The wreck was bought by my great grandfather, William Ebsworth, Marros Farm, and the timber was used to make beams which now support the first floor of Upper Marros Farm.  The ballast of gravel was mixed with cement and used for the kitchen floor.

A cave at Telpyn Point was once used as a church for open-air meetings.  A nearby cave was called Benny’s Kitchen.
In 1576 the last wolf was killed in Telpyn Valley.  The pads were kept for many years by Sir Herbert Eccles of Island House, Laugharne.
Lots of quarries at Dyffryn at the bottom of Telpyn Valley.  The flagstones form there were used in f arm kitchens and also taken to Tenby to make pavements.

Marros School
From 1840 – opposite the church – now a shed. It has a stone plaque in the wall:
Supported by Voluntary Contributions

They took board and day pupils.  My great grandfather William Ebsworth and his brother John were day pupils.
One pupil, Harry Evans, was schooled at Marros and later Whitland went on to win a scholarship to Oxford.
The school was there till 1875 when Tremoilet was built.
One original form from that school is in the vestry.

Down at Marros Mill was Lady Well (maybe named after ‘Our Lady’ – and it had a niche for maybe a statue).
About 1630 Lady Crowe from Westmead Mansion would often travel there by donkey cart to bathe in its curative waters.

There were 3 stone circles on Pwll Mountain, and the remains of a cockpit.
Limestone was burnt in lime kilns and used as fertiliser.
A famous sculptor with Marros stone was Tom Morris – b 1804, d 1886.  He lived for 50 years at Morfabychan and is buried at Pendine Church. Tom played the violin viola and also wrote poems and ballards – he became known as the Bard of Morfabuychan.
The stone for the plinth of the Albert Memorial in Tenby came from Pwll Quarry – called ‘snowdrop marble’ because of its white flecks.
On Marros Mountain are farms Pwll Green, Sunnybank, Pwll and formally Honeypot Hill, Mutton Gate and Merriman’s Gate.
At Woodreefe there is an iron age fort, above the stream of Cwm Waungron.
At Telpyn Farm is a field called Parc Yr Eglwys – field of the church – there are two low mounds there called ‘the giant’s graves’.
At Greenbridge (pub built in 1875) my grandfather built a sheep dip in the path of the stream, just off the entrance to the cave, and he used it with my great uncle.  They could not use it after the water board started using the water so then had to go to Common Church with the sheep in a lorry.
In 1821 the Cambrian Tourist Companion stated that the area was infested with bandits.

2nd World War
There were big guns at Clyngwyn.

Most of the land on my nans and great uncle’s farms was commandeered.  There was radar opposite the Marros farmhouse.
There were Churchill tanks on Garness and Marros Mountains, ploughing through the fields.
A concrete slab was built at Morfabychan for bombing target practice.  Marros beach was heavily mined and my great uncle’s job was to blow up the roadways leading from the beaches if ever we were invaded.

In 1943 Operation Jantzen saw 100,000 troops in the area.  There was a curfew from Monkstone to Marros.  Churchill, Eisenhower and Montgomery watched from the Wiseman’s Bridge area.

In 1942 my great aunt and grandmother entertained Lord Mountbatten and Lord Lovat to tea at Marros Farm.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Llanteg's Conenction to the Attenboroughs

Photo from the late Maureen Ebsworth.
Taken about 1936 in the yard outside New Inn.
Jack James at pony's head, Ann Oriel, Sandy Mackenzie and Jane Oriel in the trap. The pony and trap belonged to Jack.

Ann & Jane were sisters, Sandy was their first cousin, his brother Richard is not in the photo.

Ann became a doctor and married Dr John Batten who became physician to the Queen.
Jane qualified in domestic science and married David Attenborough.
(Both John and David were knighted.)

Alistair Stewart Mackenzie (Sandy) 28/4/1930-31/1/1986 became regional medical officer for North West Thames Regional Health Authority (in the event of war, during the Cold War, Sandy would have become London's Regional Health Director). He is buried at Marros Church.

Oriels were long lived in Crunwere (around Garness especially - that is the one in Crunwere not at Marros) but think they go back to Marros Mill area and Underhill.

From Wiki -
In 1950, David Attenborough married Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel; she died in 1997. The couple had two children, Robert and Susan. Robert is a senior lecturer in bioanthropology for the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra. Susan is a former primary school headmistress.

With Ebsworth and Oriel in the name definite local connections - Jane's father was John Augustus.

John Augustus's father was David Morgan Oriel b Dowlais.

David Morgan Oriel's father was John Edwardes Oriel b Caldey in 1839.

John Edwardes Oriel's father was Benjamin b1814 at Marros.

Benjamin's father was William Oriel b Marros 1793. He married Elizabeth David from Crunwere, at Crunwere.

William's father was Thomas Oriel b1763 Marros, married Elizabeth Hanson 1782 in Crunwere..

Thomas Oriel's father shown as James b 1728 Marros m Mary Howell. Thomas married 5th Oct 1782 Crunwere Church buried 27th Dec 1818 same place.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

1937 Movie of Long Lane, Llanteg


Nat Williams and his wife lived at Long Lane.  The holiday makers were a headmaster and his family from London. Granddaughter Ruth and her mother went to stay with them in London at one time.
The movie is here

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Winding Up Meeting 17 Sept 2019

It was with some sadness that members unanimously voted at a recent AGM for our society to be wound up. 
Winding up of Society

On 17th September Llanteg History Society held its final meeting.  The society began with a good core back in 1999, but sadly over the years we have lost several members, and it was difficult to carry on with so few attending meetings.  As per our constitution, our remaining funds and publications are being transferred over to Llanteg Village Hall.

Tony commented that it was sad for the group to be winding up but he was proud to have been associated with the Society from its beginnings.  We had lost so many members over the years, through death, infirmity and some moving away.  Tony also thanked past member Judith Lloyd who was so instrumental with our book compiling and editing and Ruth & Andy Webb who took such an active role in the group and helped with our survey of the gravestones, taking hundreds of photographs as a permanent record of Crunwere burials.  For a small village we are gratified to have been able to collect so much of its history.
We will ask that our two accounts be closed with immediate effect and our funds transferred to the Village Hall Account.
SOCIETY HOLDINGS Paperwork and photographs -
Research papers and photographs etc., collected over the past 20 years, will be held in the village and our books will still be available for sale, with any proceeds now going to the Village Hall.

Some other information can slowly be put online for everyone to benefit from – such as the village house histories – we have already uploaded all the gravestone pictures.  Ruth will still keep all the history blogs online so none of the existing information online will be lost.
Books – our books will still be available for sale.  Any profits from the books will now go directly to the Village Hall.
Ruth was presented with a lovely multi photo frame, flowers and a very thoughtful card – all of which were very much appreciated.

We extend much thanks to everyone who has contributed items, photographs, reminiscences or local knowledge over the years - we could not have done so much without your help.  Our six books and five booklets and various exhibitions are testament to the community involvement over the years.

Any enquiries or book orders can still be made via Ruth on 01834 831298 or

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Winding Up Meeting 17 Sept 2019

Winding up meeting of the Llanteg History Society held tonight. As per our constitution, our remaining funds and publications will be transferred over to Llanteg Village Hall. Research papers and photographs etc will still be held in the village and the books will still be available for sale. With any proceeds now going to the Village Hall. Thanks to everyone who has contributed items, photographs or knowledge over the years - we could not have done so much without your help.

Friday, 13 September 2019

The Purser Hair Bracelet/Ring

The Purser/Stokes Mourning Ring – its trail from 1803 to the present
Quote - Burke’s “General Armory” records that another family of Stokes settled in Pembrokeshire in the time of King John (1199-1216).  They also came from Caen and had the same Coat of Arms as the Stokes of Stanshawes.
While researching Llanteg village history we ordered a copy of the Will of Mrs Anne Jane Purser, a widow who lived at Llanteglos, Llanteg, and who had died in 1903.  The Will, worth over £1 million at today’s value, was interesting in regard to its detailed lists of jewellery and other items (given in full in our book Llanteg - Turning Back The Clock).  However one item made us do a ‘double take’ as we read it:
In trust for Winifred Laura Purser – a hair bracelet with fastening containing Charles 1st’s hair and monogram surmounted by the Royal Crown.
This hair bracelet aroused our curiosity, but as we knew nothing of the Purser ancestors or descendants, our search had begun.

Not being able to trace the bracelet, we did however track down a mourning ring (also mentioned in the Purser 1903 Will) to descendants of the Purser family in Australia, and were both very surprised and delighted in the autumn of 2010 when Mr David Purser in Australia very generously and unannounced gifted the mourning ring to Llanteg Local History Society. 

Two articles relating to our researches into the Purser family ancestors and descendants were published in 2010 in Llanteg – Looking Back, and also one in Pembrokeshire Life magazine in July 2003.
Inscription on reverse of ring
Although in the Purser family the ring has an inscription to Thomas Stokes which reads:
‘Thomas Stokes Esq. died Jan 15th 1803 aged 70’

The Thomas Stokes mentioned on the ring was traced back to Yate in Gloucestershire and is remembered on a marble memorial in St Mary Church, Yate, and he is shown as a magistrate.  The family seat was at one time Stanshawes Court, at Yate in Gloucestershire.

After Thomas Stokes the ring presumable went to his son Thomas and then to we jump to his grandson Edward Stokes who was a surgeon from Gloucestershire but who had moved to Manorbier and who died in 1828.  Edward Stokes also had a brother, Thomas, who was a surgeon at New Milford (now Milford Haven). 

Edward Stokes had a daughter Sarah Eliza Stokes, who was born around 1818.  Sarah was born in Wickwar, Gloucestershire, and ran a boarding school with her sister before marrying Thomas Purser in 1854.

Thomas Purser had been born at Monkton, Pembrokeshire, in 1815 and we have traced his family line back to the first evidence of Pursers with the Will of Henry Purser of 1663, a Husbandman residing at Bosherton.  His Will made on 6 April 1661 was proven in the E.C.C. of St David’s on 30 April 1663.  Whilst his wife and son, Margarett (sic) and Henry Purser, were executors, Henry also makes reference to his five other children: sons Francis, John, William, and Rice Purser, plus his only apparent daughter Abra.  Reference is also made to unidentified grandchildren who in 1661 were all minors (research by Owen J.Vaughan).  The following Pursers found in the 1670 Hearth Tax returns are possibly the sons of Henry and are recorded as:-
Rice Purser                              of Pwllcrochen Parish            - two hearths
William Burser (sic)                of Stackpool                            - one hearth
Henry Burser (sic)                   of Bosherton                           - two hearths
The ring then passed from Sarah (on her death) to her husband Thomas Purser (b 1815), who in turn passed it on to his second wife Jane Purser, Llanteglos, Llanteg.

Jane Purser died in 1903, and her Will leaves ‘a gold ring set with black diamonds in trust for Thomas Picton Purser (son of William Edward Purser, her stepson [and grandson of Thomas Purser] who had died in 1898) at the age of 21’.

Thomas Picton Purser was born in 1896 and received the ring when he was 21 years old – this was also the time he went to fight in World War 1. 
Thomas was working for the London City and Midland Bank, later the Midland Bank, in Carmarthen when he enlisted and was living at Suffolk House in Narberth. 
Thomas gave the ring to his fiancée.
However when Thomas Picton Purser was killed in action, his fiancée kindly gave the ring back to Thomas’s mother, Mary Anne Purser (remarried name Collins). 

Thomas Picton Purser

It was Mary Anne who removed whatever was in the centre of the ring (probably hair) and inserted a picture of her deceased son Thomas Picton Purser.

Thomas Picton Purser was living at Redstone Cottage on the 1901 census but by 1911 the family had moved to St James Street, Narberth.
Thomas’s Attestation Papers of 1916 show his residence as Suffolk House Narberth (13 Market Street).

War Service
Thomas Picton Purser, Private, 6785, Honourable Artillery Company.
Thomas was the Son of Mrs. M. A. Collins (formerly Purser), of Suffolk House, Narberth, and the late Mr. W. E. Purser.

c. From Steve John's Pembrokeshire War Memorial website

Thomas enlisted at Armoury House, London into the 1st Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company.  In March, 1917 the Division fought in the Arras Offensive, and captured Gavrelle during the Second Battle of the Scarpe, where Thomas was wounded. Thomas Died of Wounds the next day, aged just 20, on the 17th April, 1917 and was buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension.

Mary Anne Purser then passed the ring to her elder son, George Frederick Purser.

After marriage in 1923 George Frederick Purser emigrated to Australia, and it was on his death in 1954 that the ring passed to his son David Picton Purser, who had the ring until 2010 when it was passed to Llanteg History Society.

With the quote at the beginning of this article suggesting a connection between the Gloucestershire Stokes and those of Pembrokeshire, with Edward and Thomas Stokes moving down to Pembrokeshire in the early 19th century as well as the use of the Christian name Adrian in both the Stanshawe Stokes and those of St Botolphs, Pembrokeshire, we wondered if there was more of a connection to Pembrokeshire.  The ring has gone almost full circle, from Gloucestershire, then in the Purser family and being in Llanteg in 1903, only to go all the way to Australia and then come back again to Llanteg in 2010.

With grateful thanks to many who have helped over the years - Mr Robert Stewart of London, who had coincidentally contacted our churchwarden regarding his own research into Pursers and their graves; the King Charles the Martyr Society, who, in the person of Mr Jeffrey Monk, also became interested in our quest; Researcher O.J.Vaughan and also relatives of the Llanteglos Pursers – the late Mrs Hilary Lestner of Lyme Regis and her cousin Mr David Purser in Australia, who have both been very helpful in our researches.

Llanteg History Society Blog –
Llanteg – Looking Back 2010
Llanteg – Turning Back The Clock 2002
Pembrokeshire Life July 2003 – The Lost Bracelet

Monday, 29 July 2019

Crunwere Minute Book Extracts 1904-1939

           Crunwere School Minute Book Extracts 24 Sept 1904 – 1939
Manager’s list
– stuck inside cover –
Rev’d D Morgan
Mr B Jones Heatherland
Mr John Allen Rose Cottage ((died)
Mr John Davies Stanwell
Mr W B Davies County Councillor
Mr York Glanville West Llanteg
Mr Charles Allen Oxford

First meeting – Attended by B James, J Davies, J C S Glanville, Rev’d Garner, D Williams Trenewydd and Henry Hitchings Pantglas.

10 Oct 1904 – Miss Hobbs asked for a pay rise – refused, no power to approve.

21 Oct 1904 – Caretaker should be paid 1/6 a week and to provide fire for the schoolroom with extra for carting coal.

19 July 1905 – Summer holidays to be from 31 July to 28 August.

17 Aug 1905 – Condolences to Mr Hitchings who had lost his wife.

18 Sept 1905 – Monthly meetings had been held to approve teacher’s salary – decided to hold them quarterly.

6 Sept 1906 – Mrs Hobbs leaving after a long time – to canvas parish for subscriptions.  Replaced by Miss Annie M Williams, headmistress.  Did she have a friend to recommend as a Supply Teacher.

25 Sept 1906 - Miss Elizabeth Davies to come from Cosheston School.  Martha George The Downs as a temporary cleaner under the supervision of her mother.
Mrs Hobbs and daughter Miss Annie Hobbs thanked for their thorough and efficient service, Miss Hobbs had applied for a post in Surrey.
Agreed the house be offered to Nathanial Williams on condition he undertakes the cleaning.

16 Oct 1906 – Letter from the new head resigning.
4 June 1907 – Complaints from parents regarding children being roughly handled.

1 July 1907 – Head unable to get confortable lodgings.
22 Aug 1907 – To offer Miss Frances Edith Ellen Evans the headship from 1 Oct, with Support Teacher Miss Elizabeth Davies.

27 June 1908 – Should attendance fall due to haymaking in full swing to close the school for the usual summer holidays.
8 Oct 1908 – To appoint Annie E Blanton (?) as head.

7 Apr 1909 – Highly satisfactory report from the Dept of Diocesan Inspectors – ‘very good work has been done in this school and the tone and discipline were excellent’.

9 Feb 1910 – School closed due to many colds, the medical officer gave instructions to close for a fortnight.  To re-open the following Monday.

9 Apr 1910 – Decided to appeal for extra desk for infants – only 3 desks for 22 pupils.

27 Apr 1910  – Emily Davies of Blackheath to be appointed school cleaner.

4 July 1910 – Mr H Hitchings had passed away.  Mr Glanville resigned as C.C. Manager, proposed Mr John Williams of Crunwere be appointed manager.

5 Nov 1910 – Miss Blanton resigns.

23 Nov 1910 – Miss Daisy Thomas of Narberth to be appointed, then resigns through ill health.  Mrs Dunbar appointed.

15 June 1911 – Need further accommodation – suitable for 42 but over 50 on books.  At the request of the King to have an extra week’s holiday.

4 Nov 1911 – Discussion as to whether to enlarge the premises – decided to leave at it is for now.

18 Sept 1912 – Discussed plans to extend the school.

10 Mar 1913 – To ask authorities to have school closed from 10th to 25th March due to chickenpox.

15 Jan 1914 – Question of levelling the playground – stones dug up and rab brought from Pensylvania (permission of Mr Glanville).

25 May 1914 - Testimonial for Miss Davies who had been a teacher for over 7 years.

4 Apr 1915 – Decided to pay Alfred James for repairs to the school.  Cleaner Emily Davies sent in her resignation.  Mrs Phillips proposed.

10 Dec 1915 – Diocesan report highly satisfactory.

4 July 1916 – Mrs Dunbar resigns.

22 Sept 1916 – Mrs Phillips resigns as cleaner, proposed Ellen James of Ruelwall.
21 Dec 1916 – Agreed children can have half day holiday for Empire Day.

8 July 1918 – Abram Hodge to give an estimate for breast ploughing the piece of land required for the school garden.

4 Dec 1918 – The death of Mrs Dunbar – special meeting called.  She had been head teacher for 8 years – to convey their deep sympathy to her children.
A medical order closed the school from Nov 11th to 8 Jan 1919.

10 Apr 1919 – School garden – only 5 children in school of age to do garden work and therefore only a third of area prepared can be cultivated.

13 July 1919 – Miss Rowena Lewis of Oaklands applied as supply teacher.

31 Jan 1920 – 3 children of Daniel Thomas Milton Back taken by relatives. 
Concerning the objection by the board of Agriculture and Fisheries to the school garden in the Parish Recreational Ground, managers of the opinion that if the present garden cannot be retained no other plot convenient to the school is available.

30 Sept 1920 – Headmistress still totally unfit to take charge of school.

13 Nov 1920 - Miss Thomas has no medical certificate and they cannot recommend she be appointed.

11 July 1921 – Recommended Mr Hampden (?) John Parr of Porthcawl as headteacher.

28 Oct 1921 – Nellie Allen cleaner. Suggested by headteacher that a flower garden be made in playground – unanimously agreed.

16 Dec 1922 – Agreed to purchase a school piano.

4 Apr 1923 – Alfred James was instructed to carry out repairs to the school house and room as necessary.

9 Aug 1923 – It was easily possible to put a third bedroom on top of the outer kitchen with a door to it at top of stairs.

21 Aug 1923 – Additional room to be built on school house to the larger scale as suggested by Alfred James.

27 Dec 1923 – Procure piano for £50 cost price.

22 Jan 1925 –Advertise for head teacher.

19 Feb 1925 – Proposed Miss C W Badham be head teacher from 1st April.

31 July 1925 – Appointed Mr Wolff (as head teacher).

17 Feb 1926 – Thought that the repair of the footbridge (to?) the Cabin should be considered.

25 Feb 1926 – Footbridge to the Cabin is used daily by schoolchildren.  Mr James Clyngwyn kindly undertook repair of footbridge.

7 Apr 1926 – Resignation of Miss Rowena Lewis assistant mistress since 1918.

27 Apr 1926 – Appointed Miss Isabel Hall as certified teacher.

4 Feb 1927 – Structural repairs done to house.  Walls of school ground repaired.  Jambs built for the iron gate to the field and for the door to the garden.  A new range put in and gravel for the yard.
For several years the school house has been unoccupied, with teachers taking rooms in the village.
A wooden shed with galvanised roof, large enough to take benches and desks not in use and the ‘platform’ boards now stored in Rectory barn should be built to avoid cartage after events in the school.  Extension to front of school was discussed.
Treasurer to ascertain amount of yield of Merriless Charity.

26 Apr 1927 – Merriless Charity 2s 3d a quarter, at the disposal of the Rector.

23 May 1927 – Discussed having the jambs to the field adjoining the school yard ready for a gate.

24 June 1927 – Meeting to arrange covering the school yard with gravel or chips.

8 Nov 1927 – Engaged a workman to tidy up the field used by the children as a playground – the hedges were trimmed and the briars cleared away and field drain and ditch filled in.

11 Jan 1928 – A shed had been put up in which the ‘slaping’ used for teas etc in the school were to be kept.

14 May 1928 – Cleaner Nellie Allen resigned as she was getting married.   Mrs Charles Allen and Miss Florence Phillips sent in applications. 
Repaired to lavatories discussed.  Enquiries regarding earth closets to substituted in place of the present system – not considered necessary to be rebuilt, the doors to be refixed and floors relaid.
Mr John Davies Greenacre unable to attend (aged 96) but tentatively approached William Davies (son) in his place.

21 Nov 1928 – Whist drive held with proceeds going to the school fund - £50.

15 Feb 1929 – Appointed William Davies who had acted for his father for the last 3 years.

19 June 1929 – To arrange about the school children going by charabanc to Mission Exhibition in Tenby, in the nature of a lecture on geography.

2 Aug 1929 – Miss Winifred Thomas as teacher in place of Miss Hall who had resigned and taken on headship of St Brides School.

20 Jan 1930 – Mr H (Howard) James presented bills going back to 1921.  No question that the work was done to their satisfaction – but they regretted that the bills had not been presented before 1929.
The head to see about notices fixed warning gypsies they were not to camp in the school.

21 Nov 1930 – Presented school children with a football.

27 Mar 1931 – Allow the school room to be used for a concert in aid of Zoar chapel funds.

11 Sept 1931 – Miss W J Thomas to go to Jeffreston – Miss Hobbs appointed here.  The head mentioned a case of misbehaviour of a child of 13 who had to be punished and sent home.

5 Oct 1932 – Miss Florence Thomas commenced duties.

27 Nov 1933 – Miss ? Jones teacher.

23 July 1934 – Attendance discussed.  Low on the attendance charts – due mainly to poor attendance of children from Carmarthen county.  To write to the medical officer re George Hughes of Mountain View.

20 Dec 1934 – Pursell (Purser) Fund discussed.  Decided the money should not be given to children this Xmas as in the past, but retained and utilised for taking on an educational tour during the summer.

4 Jan 1935 – Decided to hold a whist drive to raise funds.  £3-7s in Purser fund for summer trip to St Davids.

1 May 1935 – Trip to be on the 15th or 18th, leaving school at 9.30.
Head teachers quarterly report – attendance low for first part of the year due to illness and deaths.  Also complained about gypsies camping in the lane running alongside the school, leaving old tins and refuse about and asking whether something could not be done to prevent their camping in the lane.

23 Dec 1935
– Pursell (Purser) Fund – to be used for an educational tour in the summer of 1936 (to Llangwm, Rosemarket and Milford Haven for lunch and to Haverfordwest for tea. 
Head’s quarterly report – attendance had dropped to 27.

20 May 1936 – Trip to be on 5th June – leaving Llanteg Cross at 9.30 and Folly 9.40.  Milford Haven at after lunch at Haverfordwest at 8.30 for home.  Outsiders to pay 2/6 with 1 shilling for lunch.  Proposed a ready cooked ham be bought and taken with bread, butter and tea.

8 June 1936 – The number on the trip was enormous and it had gone beyond what was intended – viz – an educational tour for the children.  In future all trips should be confined to children, staff
 managers and wives who would care to join – carried unanimously.

21 June 1937
– Decided the Purser Fund was to be divided equally among the scholars.  There was a tender to supply water to the school and school house - £18-2-6 – to be held over till next meeting.
Master Noel Davies of Bryneli had won a scholarship to Narberth School at the early age of 10 years.

4 Oct 1927 - Decided to leave piped water in abeyance and to try and get a standard outside the school premises.
On Tuesday Oct 12th the new extension to the churchyard would be consecrated by the Bishop and the schoolroom was required for tea, a holiday was granted for that day.
A vote of sympathy for Mrs Wolff in her illness.

26 Oct 1937 – Miss Jones to go to Ludchurch.  Boundary wall of the school grounds, refixing of coping stones, postponed till the spring.

27 Nov 1937 – Miss Betty Crockett offered post of assistant teacher.
Rector stated re Purser Charity – ‘that the sum of £100 in trust was left to the Rector of Crunwere ( in perpetuity).  The interest thereon to be given annually to the most deserving in Crunwere School’. 

26 July 1938 – Mr Wolff was congratulated on attendance for 1937 and also the success attained by the school at the sports held in Milford Haven the previous Saturday.
They did not want to spend on improvements unless the LEA could guarantee that the school would not close for 7 years.
A water standard to be erected in the near future just outside the school premises.

Letter dated 18 July 1939
From The Palace, Abergwili
Have received from the Rev’d D. Morgan Rector of Crunwere a document dated 16 December 1876 and entitled ‘undertaking’ re Crunwere Church of England School – given to me for safekeeping.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Crunwere Church Bann's Book 1869-1906

Crunwere Church Bann's Book 1869-1906 - rather fragile and the names are transcribed below and are on the Crunwere Church blog

Crunwere Church Bann's Book 1869-1906 - rather fragile and the names are transcribed below and are on the Crunwere Church blog

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Thomas Picton Purser

c. Google streetview. 
Suffolk House was where the Purser family lived when Thomas Picton enlisted and died. The house is within sight of the War Memorial on which he is recorded - just behind the red telephone box.

Saturday, 29 June 2019

History Exhibition June 2019

Nice coverage in the Tenby Observer yesterday for our Jo Cox and History event last Sunday.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

William and Sarah Reynolds, Belle Vue

Had this lovely picture from Vaughan Oriel.

William and Sarah Reynolds of Belle Vue. They were Vaughan's great grand parents. Sarah's funeral is written up in Llanteg Looking Back p 146.

Old Deeds of Garness from Jean Hamilton

Well with much thanks to Jean Hamilton we have had a donation of all the old Garness deeds.  We have not had a chance to study them yet but we can see the date of 1745 - so we should be able to find titbits of information if we can decipher them!

Also a lovely aerial shot of Garness back in the 1950s - before it had to be pulled down as part of the planning permission for the new Garness Farm which was built in a field in front.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

20th Anniversary Exhibition 2019

Well its big thank-you to everyone who came along to our Jo Cox Get-together and History Society exhibition today.
It was great to see everyone, plus some new faces!
The exhibition was a lovely tribute to 20 years of hard work by the History Society - but none if it would have been possible without all the photographs we have been lent over the years and all the reminiscences that people were happy to share - so a big thank-you to you all - some sadly however no longer with us.

Existing members present -
l-r - John Lewis-Tunster (Treasurer), Margaret Brinsden, Tony Brinsden (Chairman)
and Ruth Roberts (Secretary).