The Welsh Buzzard is watching you ...
28 April 1942
The 1946 OS
map showing the historic Monmouthshire/Glamorgan and the then
England/Wales border running along the Rhymney River
and flowing into the Severn Estuary
Gareth Griffith-Jones, a Welshman, was born on 28 April 1942 in Cardiff and spent his early years on his grandfather's dairy farm, Pantrhiwgoch Farm, Tyla Lane, Castleton, Monmouthshire, midway between the cities of Cardiff and Newport, Wales.
Education was in England; a prep school in Langley Road, Watford from age 8, followed by Merchant Taylors', a public school from age 13. Both were boarding schools in those days.
James Hywyl Thomas, his maternal grandfather, was born in Cynwyl Elfed, near Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire. He was a farmer/dairyman, a Producer/Retailer of farm TT milk (tuberculin tested milk) and moved into Pantrhiwgoch Farm in 1929. He sold his house in Cardiff that overlooked Roath Park Lake but retained his other property, also in the centre of Cardiff, which was his dairy and, above it, a home for his employee and family. The business was named "J H Thomas & Sons".
Elvet farmed Pwll Coch Farm, Druidstone Road, St Mellons – Idwal, the younger son, farmed Glanynant Farm, Holly Bush Road, Cyncoed. Their elder sister, Mary, was a teacher of domestic science until the summer of 1941. She had married Thomas Francis Griffith-Jones that January. He was an officer in the Royal Artillery, and had bought a house, "Abercray", Sherborne Avenue, Cyncoed, but because he was busy elsewhere, fighting the Nazis, Mary and Gareth remained throughout the remainder of World War II on Pant Farm. The telephone number was Castleton 37... just that.
Sadly, the dairy farm, which had been part of the Tredegar Estate
, was devastated when the extension to the M4
from Tredegar Park was created right across its land, heading towards St Mellons. Work commenced during November, 1975, and was opened to the public in October, 1977. Subsequently, the M4 took another route to the north of the city and the new road was renamed the A48(M)
and is the spur
at the M4 junction 29 near Tredegar House
; terminating in St Mellons at junction 29A, where it melds into Eastern Avenue (A48 dual-carriageway
) and on to the city centre.
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Hello again! After your making for me the two MGB userboxes earlier this month, you very kindly offered to help me again in the future. I would be thrilled if you were to make another one with the same message as on your MGB GT userbox. Here is an image that I would like you to use. I have "cheated" a little, in that I have taken the photograph from the Land Rover Series article but, apart from the fact that mine has the old-style (grey metal symbols on black metal) numberplates, and does not have those rather modern-looking overtaking mirrors on the doors,
one would swear that it is an exact image of mine. Obviously, I imagine you may wish to use a different image than this, should you know of a more suitable one.
OHV petrol engine
— Short wheel-base (88")
... purchased in 1990 ... and still sailing through every annual MOT test and running well.
Shown here with its "pick-up"-type (removable) cab. I also own the original (removable) "full tilt" top – with sliding side-windows – in antelope, the original colour.
So many great memories