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ADX/570: Photograph Album


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Ref: ADX/570

Reference: [GB 0212] ADX/570
Title: Photograph Album of Devil's Bridge, Aberystwyth and area
Date(s): 1913-1916
Level: Fonds
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content: Photograph album, kept by child of family, white-ink titles and dates, and typed label slips, given in inverted commas. Many pictures are over-exposed or fading.

The family appears to have been a professional one sprung from Devil's Bridge, home to grandparents ('Mamgu a Dadgu'), where many of the photographs were taken, notably at Maes-Mynach, next to the Post Office, other locations being Ponterwyd and Aberystwyth. They were taken between 1913 and 1916, possibly during long school holidays, a popular subject being hay-making (but not harvest).
The Vale of Rheidol Railway had opened for passenger traffic in 1902 and had recently (July 1913) been taken over by Cambrian Railways, which operated the line to Aberystwyth from Machynlleth.

The ambience is an urban one of cameras, excursions, safety bicycles and typewriters.

P.1 DEVIL'S BRIDGE
1. 'Devil's Bridge Village', 1915
2. 'V.R.R. going through quarry', 1914 (Vale of Rheidol Railway)

P.2-3. DEVIL'S BRIDGE
1. 'Family group outside Maes-Mynach', 1916
2. 'Family group on woods outside Maes-Mynach', 1916
3. 'David Jones, Dad, Dadgu, Harold, Betty, Mum, Olwen and Cliff', 1916 - Cliff holds a box camera
4. 'Uncle Davy, Mum and Olwen', 1916

P.4-5. DEVIL'S BRIDGE
1. 'Llew, Aunty Gertrude & two visitors', 1914
2. 'Dadgu by Mile Post', 1914
3. 'Tea part with the village in the background', 1914
4. 'Before a drive from Ponterwyd', 1914

P.6-7. DEVIL'S BRIDGE
1. 'Philip's cousins from Barry', 1914 - four children, barn in background
2. 1914 - four children by barn, with David Jones?
3. 'Picnic on (Bryn) Tynllwyn', 1914 - six children
4. 1914 - four children by farm gate

P.8-9. DEVIL'S BRIDGE
1. 'Mamgu a Dadgu', 1914
2. 'Uncle Jack Llew & Margarette', 1913
3. 'Harold & Llew looking for stars', 1913
4. 'Llew & Gwyneth, Ponterwyd', 1914

P.10-11. DEVIL'S BRIDGE
1. 'Top of Plymlimon', 1914
2. 'Motor driver', 1914 - omnibus driver stands with hand on crank, engine hood has plate, 'Cambrian Railways Company No. 3'
3. 'Hayfield workers', 1914
4. 'Tea in the hayfield', 1914

P.12-13. DEVIL'S BRIDGE
1. 'Working at the hay', 1915
2. 'Hen wr Rheidol House', 1914
3. 'Three country postmen before the round', 1914
4. 'Happy and comfortable in a hammock', 1915

P.14-15. DEVIL'S BRIDGE
1. 'David, Lay & Flash', 1914 - two men and a dog
2. 'Carrying the hay', 1914
3. Llew, 1913 - lad, boy and horse between shafts
4. Gwyn complete with Fat Face, 1913 - cart by Maes-Mynach

P.16. Devil's Bridge
1. 'In the hay-field', 1914
2. 'Hen wr Rheidol House a Mamgu', 1914

P.17
1. 'Gwyneth and Eirlys', Ponterwyd, 1914 - two young children
2. 'Arthur Gwar Rhos', Devil's Bridge, 1914 - man on horseback

P.18
1. Mrs Edwards, Ponterwyd, 1915 - two women with child in perambulator
2. 'Puncture', 1914 - woman attends prone bicycle for schoolboys at roadside

P.19
1. 'Harold & Llew on the Castle', 1913
2. 'On Aberystwyth Front', Margaret, Hanah & Howard, 1915 - group on bench

P.20-21 ABERYSTWYTH
1. 'Aberystwyth from Constitution Hill', 1915
2. 'Aberystwyth from Bryn-y-Mor', 1915
3. Gwladys, Gwyn & Ethel, 1915 - two young women and schoolboy wearing boater, Llanbadarn Road tennis courts
4. 'Mrs & Miss Jones', 1915 - standing at door of 'Primrose' (just up from the White Horse in Portland Street)

P.22-23 ABERYSTWYTH
1. 'Taking a rest at Clarach', Mum, Nellie, Mr & Mrs Lloyd & Harold, 1914 - on Clarach beach
2. 'Clarach Bay from Constitution Hill', Mum, Nellie & Mrs Lloyd, 1914
3. 'Stones on Aberystwyth Castle', Phillip & Harold, 1914 - the Gorsedd Circle
4. 'Aberystwyth College', 1916

P.24. ABERYSTWYTH
1. 'Aberystwyth Front from the Pier', 1913
2. 'Aberystwyth College from a boat', 1915



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