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Old Photos of Caerhun in Caernarfonshire in North Wales, United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Old Photos of Caerhun in Caernarfonshire or Caernarvonshire in Wales.

Caernarfonshire, Caerhun, Tynygroes Post Office in the 1920's

Caernarfonshire, Caerhun, Tynygroes Post Office.

The above image is kindly shared with us by Mr. Geoffrey Bennett, and was taken outside his father-in-law's Post Office in the early 1920's. Vintage cars are possibly a Bugatti and a Morris - any experts out there with more knowledge? Let me know here.

Left to right, Elfed Williams, Eirian Williams, Mrs Nellie Williams, Mr.W. Richard Williams, Elizabeth Williams (sister to Richard), W.R Jones - the Postmaster at Tal-y-Bont in the Conwy Valley, Last person unknown.

webmaster's note: Some years ago I met an elderly couple from St Helen's, whilst they were on their annual holiday in Anglesey, where they owned a static caravan. His name was Ben Shearim, and he was in his 70's. We got to talking, and Ben - not knowing at the time that I was an amateur, but experienced genealogist - mentioned that he had been searching for years for his father's grave, which he believed to be somewhere in the Conwy Valley. His father had died in 1934, at the age of 73, (he had been almost 70 years old when Ben was born) and had lived somewhere near Rowen, in the Conwy Valley.

Within 24 hours, I had contacted every undertaker in the Conwy Valley, and I began physically searching the churchyards myself - but despite searching every churchyard in the valley, including one at the very top of the mountain, I had found no grave.

I then visited St Mary's Church in Caerhun, which overlooks the remains of a Roman settlement. I looked over every grave, but to no avail, then I decided to visit the local Rectory. The Rector said he had no idea where the old burial register was, and at my suggestion he tried the safe, and there in a corner under much decaying layers of paperwork was the register. Within minutes we had located the burial for Ben's father, in an unmarked grave - hence us being unable to located the grave.

Within weeks, Ben - who was only four when his father died - had erected a gravestone over the spot his father had been laid to rest, and he and his wife Ann, regularly visited to lay flowers.

Ben and I became very close friends, and saw each other frequently, there being the closeness between us normally associated with lifelong friendship, until he sadly passed on just a couple of years ago. I will always miss Ben's company, his gentleness, and his friendship.


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