A history through pictures
This site is dedicated to the history of Rhostyllen in both old photographs and narrative. There is also a large section devoted to the neighbouring village of Bersham.
My Great Grandparents moved here in the early 1900’s settling in Church and Trinity Street respectively. They came here to work at Bersham Colliery (“Hewer”) and on the Great Western Railway (“Platelayer Foreman”).
I was born in Rhostyllen and have lived here for most of my life so I have an affinity for the place. The site was created as I felt that the village was under represented when it came to photographs and narrative as to its origins and history.
Whilst researching for my other website esclushambc.co.uk (Esclusham Bowling Club) I came across old photographs and information on the surrounding area and kept those to one side.
Once the bowling site was complete I set about asking around for old photographs of Rhostyllen and the surrounding area from the more “mature” occupants of the village. This led me to meet and chat with many interesting people who all had a tale to tell and a photograph to share with me.
There is now a Facebook page for you to leave your comments and feedback about the website.
The site as you see it is not yet complete and is still a work in progress! I have much to add to its contents.
If any one has any comments about this website or other old photographs which they would like displaying then please do not hesitate to contact me. Please “click” the “Contact Us” button above for details. All original photographs will be returned to their owners.
This site is not for profit but any donations however small would be welcome to help off set the costs of running the site. Please “click” the yellow “Donate” button above.
The following people all donated various photographs, information and tales of how life once was in the village: Brenda Davies, Fay Evans, Mavis Evans, Joan Roberts (Thanks for giving me access to Mervyn’s photographs), Christine Basey, Geraint Lloyd, Eryl Jones, Mair Jones, Pam Jones, Nicola Badwick, Alan Jenkins, Den Jones, Nigel Jones, Alice Davies (my mother! formerly Haynes), John Williams (Vicarage Hill), Len Hughes, John Povah, Jane Hann, John Williams (Born old Police Station) Chris Williams, Arthur Simpkins, Ken Pritchard, June Phillips (formerly Evans), Ivor Roberts, Ann and John Deary, J.W.Lloyd, Glyn Ellis, Vic Jones, Tony Jones, Glenys Albone nee Williams, Peter H Edwards, Rebecca Angus, Jennifer Forrester, Billy Bloor, Vic & Rees Thomas Ian Garland, Margaret Lloyd, Phil Roberts, Gordon Williams, Shelagh Hunter, Kathryn Nobbs, Max Wiecko, Tony Spendel, Janet Robinson, Ian & Mark Pritchard, Michael Jones, Lynn Edwards, Graham Blackmore, Doreen Ryder, Dorothy Kelly (formerly Wakelin), Sarah Kelly, Catherine & Alan Ellis, Jane Summers, Graham Lloyd, Alan Stevenson, Ken Shone, Glyn Cooper, Pat Pemberton, Arthur (AP) Jones, Alan Gwyn Davies, Kev ‘German’ Jones, Peter Prydderch, Anita Butler, Alison Jones, Arnold Jones, Nicola Stretch, Neil Smith, Annette McCarthy, John Gallanders, Terry Thompson, WCBC and DCC Archives, Esclusham Community Council and Rhostyllen WI. Special thanks also goes to Mike White for designing this site.
1960 Trinity Street
Rhostyllen.info Website Contents Map -
1 Home -
2 History -
History of Rhostyllen -
Memories of Rhostyllen -
3 Photographs -
Bersham Colliery -
Bersham Village -
Bersham School -
Bersham Paper Mills -
Historic Buildings -
Street Scenes and Landmarks -
Religious Buildings -
Village Characters -
Rhostyllen and Bersham at War -
Village Councillors -
Fete and Carnival -
Rhostyllen School -
Shops and Businesses -
Sporting Teams -
Business Directories -
5 Contact us -
The ‘Middle’ Pub (late 1920’s)
Early 1980’s -