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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

School History

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Names of pupils who were in the 1896 Entry

from School Records

Forename Surname Age Address
Daisy
Stuart Meredith
Trevor Glenlyn
Lizzie
Percy Charles
Margaret Catherine
Archibald Harris
Eubulus
William John
May
Mabel Jane
Aubrey
David
David Owen
David Rees
Ernest James
Eynon
Mary Gwen
Mary Louisa
Thomas
Virgil Rich
William Edmund
William Rees
William Rhys
Thomas John
Edith
Edith Mary
Elizabeth
Margaret
Phoebe Mary
Sarah Kate
Taliesin
Idris
Ethelbert Harold
Louisa
Gwen Elizabeth
William David Fisher
Daniel
Emily
Herbert Owen
Mary Bronwen
Richard
William John
John Gwilym
Beatrice
Maggie Kirkness
May
Charles
John
Edward John
Rupert Henry
William Herbert
Daniel
Ethel M
Evan Owen
John Martin Shelby
William
Catherine
David
Phoebe Ann
Rees Hopkin
Anne Mary Tydian
Blodwen
Elizabeth Jane Olwen
Florence
Gladys Helena Kate
Henry Benjamin
John Rees
Levi
Lottie
Morgan Isaac
Sarah Gwendolen
Thomas Emrys
William Henry
William J
John
Walter Powell
Eliza Jane
Maude Dagmar May
Isaac Crosthwaite
Edith Maude
William George
Walter Scott
Charles William
Edwin Griffith
Alfred
Daniel
Ernest
Gwen
Isaac David
James Gow
John Howard
William Llewellyn
Henry Eynon
Mary Louisa
John H
Gwilym John
Margaret
John F
Norman
Margaret
William Edward
Gwenllian M T
George
Gladys
Sidney
Frank Burden
Sydney
Margaret
Richard
William Edgar
Mary
David Phillips
Mary Gwenllian Winifred
David John
Minnie
Elizabeth Ann
Samuel
John Richard
Alicie Cynder Coomb
Helene Margaret
Annie
Edith Margaret
John Silwyn
Philip Gulley
Rees
Sarah Madaleine
Stanley Harrison
William Rees
Annie
Elizabeth Jane
Alice Selina
Arthur
Colin Knapman
John
Mansel Treharne
Mary
Robert
Thomas
Trevor Wynne
Simeon Griffiths
Allen
Allen
Allen
Bishop
Bolitho
Bryant
Caldicott
Churchill
Crowley
Daniel
David
Davies
Davies
Davies
Davies
Davies
Davies
Davies
Davies
Davies
Davies
Davies
Davies
Davies
Edmunds
Evans
Evans
Evans
Evans
Evans
Evans
Evans
Eynon
Foster
Gandy
Garrett
Grier
Griffiths
Griffiths
Griffiths
Griffiths
Harris
Harris
Havard
Hek
Heppell
Heppell
Howell
Howells
Hughes
Hughes
Hughes
James
James
James
James
James
Jenkins
Jenkins
Jenkins
John
Jones
Jones
Jones
Jones
Jones
Jones
Jones
Jones
Jones
Jones
Jones
Jones
Jones
Jones
Lewis
Llewellyn
Manuel
Manuel
Martin
Mason
Mason
Mertz
Miles
Miles
Morgan
Morgan
Morgan
Morgan
Morgan
Morgan
Morgan
Morgan
Morris
Morris
Murray
Parry
Perkins
Phillips
Picton
Price
Probert
Prosser
Railton
Rake
Rake
Reed
Reed
Rees
Rees
Rees
Richards
Roberts
Roberts
Rowlands
Rowlands
Shaw
Shipton
Sims
Teague
Teague
Thomas
Thomas
Thomas
Thomas
Thomas
Thomas
Thomas
Thomas
Walker
Wilcox
Williams
Williams
Williams
Williams
Williams
Williams
Williams
Williams
Williams
Worman
15
13
11
12
12
14
14
13
13
13
13
13
11
13
11
13
14
13
12
12
13
10
13
12
13
12
13
12
12
15
11
16
13
13
15
13
13
11
12
11
13
17
13
14
13
13
12
13
12
12
13
11
13
15
12
15
15
12
17
11
13
18
13
11
13
12
13
12
11
13
13
16
13
17
13
14
13
12
11
13
14
12
14
12
15
13
11
12
12
12
12
13
12
13
13
12
12
12
13
11
14
12
11
14
14
13
13
11
14
14
12
12
12
14
12
11
13
13
14
15
13
14
12
12
13
11
16
14
12
13
14
14
12
14
13
10
13
13
11
11
14
Fernleigh, Aberdare
Fernleigh, Aberdare
Fernleigh, Aberdare
Tramway, Hirwain
Glanaman Rd
High St
Dean St
Commercial Place
Monk St
Llwydcoed House
Gadlys Cottage
Cardiff St
Hill St
Gadlys St
Llewellyn St
Commerce House, Aberdare
Mary St
Ynyslwyd St
Cardiff St
Cornerhouse St, Llwydcoed
Police Station, Aberdare
Abercwmboy House
Merthyr Rd
Gadlys Rd
Dover House, Mountain Ash
David Price St
Cynon Terrace, Hirwain
Ysguborwen Farm
Bwllfa Road
Cardiff St
Gadlys Rd
Park Isaf, Cwmdare
Maesteg House, Mountain Ash
Cardiff Arms Hotel, Hirwaun
Penn St, Treharris
Hirwain Rd, Aberdare
Stationer’s Hall, Mountain Ash
Beddoe St
Oxford St, Aberdare
Park School House
Park School House
Heollas Farm, Penderyn
Dean St
Hawthorne Terrace, Wind St
Gloster St
Fforchneol House
Fforchneol House
Commercial Place
Gadlys Rd
Boot Hotel
John St, Hirwain
Boot Hotel
Rhigos Rd, Hirwain
Montague Terrace
Teify House, Penrhiwceiber
Victoria St, Cwmbach
Cwmneol Farm
Margaret St
Cemetery Rd
Dumfries St
Cross St, Hirwain
Broniestyn House
Frederick St
Broniestyn House
Davies St
Highland Place
Brecon Road, Hirwain
John St, Hirwain
Lower Cwm Place
Gadlys Rd
Bell St 29
Broniestyn House
Emporium, Mountain Ash
The Lilacs, Hirwain
Canon St
Pendarren St
Bwllfa House
Brynhyfryd Villa, Mountain Ash
Brynhyfryd Villa, Mountain Ash
Belmont Terrace
Clifton St
Clifton St
Cardiff St
Commercial Place
Commercial Place
Bute Terrace, Hirwaun
Mary St
Rheola St, Penrhiwceiber
Monk St
Llewellyn St
Ormonde Villa, Aberdare
Monk St
Agent’s Row
Rheola St, Penrhiwceiber
Pendarren St
Dean St
Cardiff Rd
Rachel St
Clifton St
The Ivy Green, Hirwain
Ivy Cottage
Glanffrwd, Mountain Ash
Morlais House
Mill House, Aberaman
Mill St
Mill St
Gloster Terrace
Gloster Terrace
Trap Road
Llwyn y Gwin Farm, Glynneath
Station Rd, Hirwain
Glan-nant St
Cardiff Rd
Cardiff Rd
Company Farm
Rock Villa, Mountain Ash
Glan Rd
Cartref, Penrhiwceiber
Fforchaman Road
Jenkin St
Jenkin St
Harlech Place
Clifton St
Commercial St
Gloucester St
Gloster Terrace
Clifton St
Commercial St
Oxford St, Mountain Ash
Davis St
Cardiff St
Board School
John St, Capcoch
Bruce Villa, Hirwain
High St
Bruce Villa, Hirwain
Llewellyn St
Canon St
Regent St, Blaengwawr
Bruce Villa, Hirwain
Wind St

A quick look at the ages of the new pupils shows that an attempt was made to populate several different forms, rather than just Form 1. How successful this policy was is open to question, with what appears to be only two or three pupils in the sixth form.

Notes

May Daniel was the daughter of the colliery accountant David Daniel. In 1902, aged 19, she married Walter Charlton Cox, a master, and later, from 1905 until 1937, Headmaster of the school. From 1905, the couple lived in School House where they brought up three sons and a daughter. All four children became medical practitioners.

Elizabeth Evans’ father was a shepherd at Ysguborwen Farm.

Sarah Kate Evans was the daughter of the celebrated Baptist Minister Rev Benjamin Evans. He was the first clerk to the governors of the school, and he supervised administrative matters during the building phase of the school.

Taliesin Evans lived with his guardian the Henry Howard Evans who became the general manager of the Cambrian Combine. A portrait, dated 1892, of H.H. Evans hangs in the National Museum of Wales.

Gwen Garrett there is a photograph taken in 1897 in which Gwen appears.

Charles Howell was a son of Jenkin Howell, (1836–1902), the printer and writer, one of the most important literary figures in the locality.

Herbert Owen Griffiths and Mary Bronwen Griffiths were the children of John Griffiths the Headmaster of Park Schools, Ysgol y Comin, from 1882 to 1911.

The Heppell girls were daughters of Margaret (née Kirkness) and William John Heppell. Heppell was one of the best known colliery managers in south Wales. He was the last chairman of the Aberdare School Board, a body which ran all the council elementary schools in the town.

The Hughes boys of the Boot Hotel were the sons of Alderman David Hughes. Mr. Hughes was from Abernant and was initially a marine engineer. After returning to Aberdare he occupied several civic positions in Aberdare including election to the Merthyr Board of Guardians. His son E. J. Hughes, became a solicitor in Aberdare, and the other, William Hughes, a surveyor, in Pontypridd.

Anne Mary Tydian, Elizabeth Jane Olwen and Sarah Gwendolen Jones were all daughters of Anne (née Griffiths) and Rev Rees Jenkin Jones of Broniestyn House. Rees Jenkin Jones was minister at Hen Dŷ Cwrdd Unitarian Church. Rev R.J. Jones was a most prominent member of the town in the later part of the nineteenth century. His wife Anne was a sister of Miss Jennie Griffiths who taught French at the school. The Griffiths were a well-established Aberdare family living in The Poplars, High Street.

Walter Powell Llewellyn was the only member of the large Llewellyn family of Bwllfa House to attend the school. His eldest brother became Sir D.R. Llewellyn, another brother W.M. Llewellyn lived in Ty Newydd, (now hotel), and his father was Rees Llewellyn after whom a school prize is extant.

The Miles boys were sons of the meat purveyor, and prominent Aberdare citizen, R.H. Miles.

John Howard Morgan was the son of the builder John Morgan of Monk Street. John Morgan was responsible for many buildings in Aberdare, and was involved in the construction of the streets that lie to south-east of Elizabeth Street, namely Glan-nant St up to Trevor St in Foundry Town.

William Llewellyn Morgan was the first pupil of the school to play rugby for Wales. His brother, who did not attend the school, was Dr Teddy Morgan who was also a Welsh international. William represented Wales in 1910 against Scotland. William transferred to Christ College, Brecon where his brother also received his secondary education.

George Railton was a son of Thomas Railton who managed Powell Duffryn’s Aberaman Colliery.

John Silwyn & Stanley Harrison Thomas were the sons of B. Thomas whose photographic portraits of Aberdarians are frequently seen on antique cabinet cards and postcards.

Elizabeth Jane Wilcox was a daughter of William Wilcox the well-known Aberdare printer. At this time the family lived in Cardiff St. When Wilcox retired, he sold the business to Stephens and George, a business that still exits, the S&G Group based now in Merthyr Tydfil.

As well as the above there were many children whose parents worked in the more traditional industrial occupations of the mining valleys. For example there were fourteen children of colliers, and five children of engine drivers. However, the children of shopkeepers, mine managers, teachers and ministers of religion were represented strongly in this first intake. In later years, the children entering the school from working class families formed a larger proportion of the intake.