Penybont & District Local History

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Reply Gary Wood
4:09 AM on September 17, 2013 
Thanks for you note ? I have a great many questions some of which your members may like to ponder over. I recently stayed at The Thomas Shop which is how I got the contact details for this site.
Here is what I know so far.
My grandfather was a Thomas Henry Hamer born in 1876 at LLansantffraed-Cwmdeuddwr nr Rhayader and the farm he was born at is apparently under one of the dams.
My grandmother was a Mary Beatrice Houghton b 1876 in Wigan. Her father was an engine driver on the London North Western Railway who I believe supplied the trains and staff for the Elan Valley Railway when the dams were being built.
Mary and Thomas were married in 1904 and had 4 children
Mary Maud 1905 - 1986 married to a Jones date unknown ? later divorced.
Thomas 1910 ? 1997 married Freda Goodwin 1941. Joined Royal Artilerry 1928 and left in 1960 Regimental Sgt Major. Lived in Germany until approx. 1970 and retired to Church Stretton.
Freda Goodwin?s sister Mary lives at Dolau if she is still alive and married a John Thomas?
John ? ? 1959
Eleanor 1916 -1980 - my mother. She married a Frank Wood in Jan 1943, a RA gunner from Kent who had been based at the army camp on the common around mid-1942. They were married at Penclywwd which was also a big army camp nr Swansea. My father died in 1972.
Before marrying my father she had two sons by I believe different fathers ? Michael b 1938 and Brian b 1941.
She then moved to Kent with Brian leaving Michael with my grandparents at the Nursery.
I have the following siblings ? Frank b 1944, Carole b 1948, Keith b 1951 and myself b 1958.
To complete the saga my Aunt Maud moved to Kent as well in the 1950?s and set up home in Tenterden and later joined by my grandparents who both died in 1957 and are buried there.
My Uncle John committed suicide in the same house in Tenterden in 1959 and is also buried there.
As a child we used to come and stay with Frank and Mary Powell at Sunnybank, next door to the Nursery, and I remember Dilwyn Powell as well. I last saw Dilwyn in 1997 when I stopped to say hello while up for my Uncle Tom?s funeral.
Attached are a couple of photographs of Llanbadarn Fawr school as well with my mother in them.
I would be interested to know where the army camp was exactly on the common and if anyone has any further information good or bad about my family.
Of course we may have been ?run out of town? but any recollections would be interesting.
Reply geraint
4:09 PM on September 16, 2013 
Thank you Gary
Will ask members of the group for any information they have about your mother.
I wish I had asked my mother many things too before it was too late!!