Unit 3 - David Jones Shoemaker

David  Jones y Crydd (shoemaker) had the building at the back of the Post Office on the Station Road and during the First  World War, the old stagers used to meet and there were quite a  lot  of sailors amongst them.  They had the newspapers in the morning with the news from France, which was sometimes good and other times bad.  When the news was good, old Morgan Jones who lived in Ty ar y Graig used to walk through the village to the Old  Post Office to give them the good news and you could hear him  singing so early in the morning as he went along.  Old Morgan had been to America but he had a stroke that left him paralized on one  side.  He  used to follow the threshing machines and it was  amazing  to watch  him shovel coal with one hand.  He had a brother  John  H. who at the time was the editor of a Welsh Paper the Brython which was edited in Liverpool.  John H had a few books published - `O'r mwg  i'r  Mynydd' (From the smoke to the Mountain)  and  `Gwin  y Gorffennol' - Talsarnau was always in his mind when writing.

When  you bought a pair of working boots before the war  it  took you days to get used to them; they were hob-nailed boots and  they used goose grease to soften them as they were very hard.  I  very often  think  of  the men as they walked through  Blaenau  in  the morning  and by the rocks at Bwlch y Gwynt, they were  like  soldiers coming and going.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd lived in the Ship Aground and there was a farm there as well.  When the tide came over in 1927 he lost his  cows in the cowshed at the back of the hotel as he would not listen to the  farmers  who wanted him to take the cattle across  the  road towards Ty Mawr.  He was an old gamekeeper and very stubborn  and he  had brought the cows from the fields during the  day.   While talking  about  the Ship Aground, the timber that  they  used  to build  the  Hotel came from an old ship wreck and they  used  the same timber on Noddfa according to Evan Williams who lived at the Old Post.

I should have mentioned Griffith Roberts, Y Go (The blackmith) he lived at the Smithy on the way to the station and he also had his pony  and his cows in the shed nearby.  In the summer he used  to carry  hay from the fields near the traeth and we  always  played near so that we could have a ride in the cart.  Evan his son used to carry coal.

We  had another smithy as you go up the hill to Eisingrug; it  was on  the left hand side and there  was also a mill there in  the  old times.  Simon Hughes, who lived at Gwilym House was a Postman  and a  Tailor,  so was  William Williams, Ysgoldy.   They  called  one Simon  Teiliwr and the other William Williams Postman.  I  heard Mrs.  Jones, Caerwych saying about William Williams that when  he came on his rounds with the post in the morning, that if there was only  a Post Card for them, he used to whistle from the bottom  by Caerwych  bridge and he read the post Card to her.  William  Williams  used  to say that it was the 18th of April and that was  the first time he had heard the cuckoo as he kept a diary.