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The Quar

Merthyr Tydfil

 

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Quar is a spelling variation: Cwar means a 'quarry'. The limestone quarry was in an area near the present-day Brecon Road. This is a district of old housing and 'The Quar' was mentioned as a place name as early as 1837 in the Parish Registers of St Tydfil's Church, although the later census names it Quarry Street. Streets here are Morgan Street, Margaret Street, Pleasant View, Mount Street, Mount Terrace, Castle Square, Church Street, Miles Street, Pleasant View, Tydfil Terrace, Well Street and Grawen Terrace. This district developed as housing for key skilled workers at the Cyfarthfa Ironworks. The houses were of an exceptionally high standard for their period and were originally inhabited by workers in the Ironworks, puddlers, rollers, iron straighteners and so on. There is a mixture here of old stone cottages and later mid nineteenth century red brick terraced houses. At first the properties took their water from a nearby well but a housing survey of 1866 reveals that by this time they all had a good piped water supply and 'modern' amenities. The community here had two small shops. Herbie's fish and chip shop and Powell's shop are the businesses which will be remembered by many. The excellent public house here is the Rose & Crown which has had a long history and serves traditional ale. There is an Anglican Church here which was built in the 1850s near the site of an ancient well dedicated to Saint Tydfil; therefore the Church took the name St Tydfil's Well Church. This church is still flourishing and is linked to the parish church of Christ Church. Cyfarthfa. Unlike many key areas of old workers' housing in Merthyr Tydfil, this district has remained virtually unaltered and there has been little demolition of older properties.

C.J.

 

Aerial view of the Quar. 1945

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Gomer, Nellie and Ivor Harris, outside their house, 11, Well Street, Quar. 1922

(Photograph courtesy of Nellie's grandson Barrie Cledsmith)

 
Margaret Street in the 1960s.

 
Pleasant View, The Quar - 1970's.

 

Festival of Britain Street Party 1951. Mount Street

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Festival of Britain Street Party 1951.

L-R: Mrs Hourihan, ?, ?, ?, Mrs Element, Eira Beynon, ?, Roy Tasker.

(Photograph from the Collection of "Milly the Fishshop")

 

Festival of Britain Street Party 1951.

Second from left Mrs Davies "the Papers" from Mount Terrace.

(Photograph from the Collection of "Milly the Fishshop")

 

Festival of Britain Street Party 1951.

L-R: ,?, Mrs Sullivan, Lily Rees, ?, Phyllis Willmot, Violet Davies, ?, ?, ?.

(Photograph from the Collection of "Milly the Fishshop"), (Linda Frowd Nee Hodges filled in some names. Nov 2010).

 

Festival of Britain Street Party 1951.

L-R:  Back Row:  ?, Mrs Gliddon, ?, Eira Beynon, Mrs Pound, Mrs Treen, ?, Mrs Hourihan, Mrs Iris Goldsmith

        Front Row:  Mrs Margaret Hale (nee Hodges), ?, Mrs Pritchard, Martha Edwards, Mrs Element.       

(Photograph from the Collection of "Milly the Fishshop", and Tania Oakes for additional names)

 

Festival of Britain Street Party 1951.

Back Row L-R :-

Front Row L-R :- Elaine Hodges, ?, Christine Thomas, ? (Nurse), Ashleigh Hodges (Pirate), Glenys Thomas, Geoffrey Hodges (Baker), ?, ?, Maureen Solomon, Cheryl Sankey (Little Bo Peep), ?, ?

(Photograph from the Collection of "Milly the Fishshop", additional names courtesy of Tania Oakes), (Linda Frowd Nee Hodges filled in some names. Nov 2010).

 

Festival of Britain Street Party 1951.

L-R: Mrs Dean, Olwen Hodges, Martha Edwards, ?, Ivy Morgan, Eirwen Sankey, Mrs Treen.

(Photograph from the Collection of "Milly the Fishshop"), (Linda Frowd Nee Hodges filled in some names. Nov 2010).

 

Festival of Britain Street Party 1951.

L-R: Stephine ?, Brian Soloman, ?, Alan Morgan, ?, ?, Marion Thomas, Yvonne Davies, ?, Cheryl Sankey.

(Photograph from the Collection of "Milly the Fishshop", additional names courtesy of Tania Oakes)

 

Festival Of Britain Street Party, Church Street  - 1951

Gillian Dean, Carole Pound, Shirley Davies,

Christine Sullivan, ?,

Sandra Goldsmith, ?, Judith Jones, Janet Hourihan.

(Photograph courtesy of Julia Powell).

 

Festival of Britain Street Party 1951.

Names as above

(Photograph from the Collection of "Milly the Fishshop")

 

Festival of Britain Party, Quar Church Hall 1951.

L-R: Gillian Dean, ?, Carol Pound, Shirley Davies.

(Photograph from the Collection of "Milly the Fishshop")

 

Festival of Britain Party Quar Church Hall 1951.

(Photograph Courtesy of Julie Powell)

Coronation Street Party 1953.

L-R:  Back Row:  ?, Mrs Hughes, Phyllis George, ?, ?, Mrs Sweet, ?, ?, Doris Morgan, Mrs Watkins, Colette Burns, ?,

                         Jean Simmonds, Mrs Rowlands, ?, Marion Cope(& Peter), Rosie Davies.

        Front Row:  David Morgan, John Vale, Malcolm Sweet, Carl Rowlands, Diane Thomas, Susan Lane, ?,

                          Micheal Long, ?, ?.

These two  Photographs was taken in Cross Margaret Street.

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L- R  Back  Row:     ?, Pam Davies, Audrey Watkins, Brenda George, Roy Horton.

         Middle Row:    David Thomas, Gareth Rowlands, ?, ?, ?.

         Front Row:       Elaine ?, ?, ?, ?, Alan George, Gary Rowlands, ?, Harvey Lloyd, ?.

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Well Street - Coronation Party - 1953

Top Left Corner :- Mrs Pat Solomon

Two Ladies Standing Together :- ?, Mrs Brown

Seated Back Row L-R :- Glenys Thomas, Christine Thomas, Maureen Solomon, Marion Thomas, ?, Alan Morgan, ?, ?, ?

Far Right Standing :- Mrs Cora Ellis

Seated Front Row L-R :- Gillian ?, ?, ?, Tania Hale, Pamela Brown, Malcom Brown

 

(Photograph Courtesy of Christine Broom (nee Thomas), Additional names courtesy of Tania Oakes)

St Tydfil's Well Church

St Tydfil's Well Church Hall.

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Grawen Terrace - 1970's.

Norman Davies strolling the hill.

 

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