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Tachwedd 2005 November


HISTORY OF SYCAMORE TERRACE

- now known as Glyndwr, Dolwar and Berwynfa

In 1841 the Tithe Map shows one of the cottages in the church yard, known as Tan Llan (below Llansantffraid Farm), was occupied by Margaret Jones, Grocer. The census for Tan Llan of 1851 shows the Head of household as Margaret Jones aged 73 Grocer (Widow of David Jones) Also in residence was Daughter Margaret Jones aged 32 Unmarried Dressmaker (Married April 1852 to Edward Jones Labourer).

About this time the Church of Llansantffraid Glyndyfrdwy wished to extend the churchyard and presumably paid the occupants of the cottages, including Margaret Jones, to vacate their premises, after which the cottages were duly demolished and the churchyard was considerably enlarged.

Margaret borrowed about £400 plus from the bank (the North & South Bank on the square in Corwen) and by 1858 had built the four cottages of Sycamore Terrace, so called because of the huge sycamore tree which stood outside No. 1. cottage.

Her motivation was the fact that Penarth Quarry had opened across the valley and being a business woman Margaret was looking to the Future. She also built the shed (which is still at the rear of No. 4) in which she housed a number of lodgers; men who had flocked to the village looking for work She turned the front room of No. 4 into her grocer shop.

In fact each tiny cottage, which she rented out to other families, had one or more lodgers in it, as well as a family.

Census for No 4 Sycamore Terrace... 1861 Head of household Margaret Jones aged 83 Widow/ Grocer Daughter Margaret Jones aged 43 Son in law Fdward Jones aged 43 Labourer Grand-daughter Elizabeth aged 7 “ Margaret aged 2 Plus lodgers. (To be continued)

Valmai Webb

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