Unit 8 - Childhood Memories

When we were children we used to play by the Smithy and the ditch went  under part of the building but the farmer has put pipes  in the field to by-pass the Smithy.  It used to be a very busy place on  the Sation road in the old times with all the horses  waiting to be shod, and we had the job from Griffith Roberts the Smithy, to work  the big bellows to kept the fire going so that  the  horses shoes were red hot coming out of the fire, and when he was  putting them on you could smell the hoof and you could hardly see him  in the smoke and then he put them in water to harden. 

It was a  big day  when  Edward Hughes, Barcdy came with cart wheels  and  laid them  down  on the Station Road for Griffith Roberts to  put  the tyre  on them and it had to be red hot.  Griffith Owen, who  lived in Penbryn Las went round the farms selling, he had a bag on  his back.  He lost three sons in the first war and their names are on the  Llandecwyn Memorial. 

As you pass the telephone box  on  the station  road a little further down they used to weigh the  pigs, the  farmers used to come at a certain time and they  pushed  the pigs in to a kind of a big box, and after the poor thing had  gone in,  they were able to close the door and weigh them and I'm  sure you  could  hear the pigs making a noise from Penrhyn.   The  man that  was  responsible for all this was Price from  Harlech  they called  him `Price y Moch' and he had lost one arm in  the First World War.  

When there was a show, Lord Harlech took his cattle to  the station  to be loaded on special wagons they had on  the  railway and  there  was a special platform for that  behind  the  station, where  the cothes line was.  When the cattle came back  from  the shows it was nice to see them if they had won - they had  ribbons and  tickets  hanging  round their necks  and  they  walked  them through  the village all the way to the Glyn.  On one  occasion the  bull got a fright on the station road and pulled the man  in charge, who had a new suit on, until somebody came to help him.