Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

School History

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Names of pupils who were in the 1907 Entry

from School Records

Name Age Address
Amy Violet Minty
Annie Bronwen Morgan
Marianne Neale
Sarah Jane Rees
Arthur Frank Lambert
Austin Mansel Lewis
John Trevor Williams
Maggie Maud Williams
Gwenhwyfar Louisa Howells
Thomas Morton Phillips
Evan John Hughes
Dorothy Annie Pardoe
Thomas Roy Harris Lewis
Morice Herbert
Lizzie Isobel Davies
David Lewis Jones
Maud Harries
William Charles Griffiths
Annie Olwen Harris
Gwawrddydd Bowen
Clifford Stanton
David Ivor Evans
James Llewellyn Jones
Gwyneth Edmunds
Alexander McCarthy
Richard Edward Watkins
Gwilym Haydn Watkins
Lilian Kate Panniers
Henry Edward Allen
Jane Ceridwen Thomas
Edith Lily Davies
Thomas Archibald Jones
David Jones
Ethel May Tuckfield
Mary Margaret Jones
Trevor Gwynne Thomas
Evan David Perkins
Glyn Jones
Crogwen Rees
4, Prospect Place, Trecynon
Green Villas, Trecynon
Brynhyfryd, Railway Terr, Hirwain*
71, Wind St, Aberdare
2, Hill St, Aberaman
3, Glan Road, Aberdare
1, Stuart St, Aberdare
21, Windsor Terrace, Abernant
Maesgwyn, Cwmdare
Park Lane, Aberdare
Ivy Cottage, Abernant
Darren Ho, Aberdare
40, Tanybryn St, Aberdare
3, Park Lane, Aberdare
The Cottage, Cwmaman
Fair View, Llewellyn St, Trecynon
13, Cardiff St, Aberdare
16, Merthyr Rd, Llwydcoed
22, Curre St, Aberaman
3, Cefn Place, Aberdare
3, Dare Villas, Aberdare
1a, Morgan Row, Cwmbach
Glanant Villa, Abercwmboi
Crossway Ho, Hirwain
Training School, Aberdare
Ysguborwen Farm, Aberdare
Brecon Ho, Cwmdare
1, Agent’s Row, Abernant
25, Abernant Rd, Aberdare
56, Cwmaman Rd, Aberaman
5, High St, Aberdare
15, Spencer St, Cwmaman
6, Iestyn St, Trecynon
Metropolitan Bank, Aberdare
11, St John St, Trecynon
Preswylfa, Hirwain
Bryn Berllan, Cwmgwrach
Nantgwawr House, Aberaman
Ty’r Heol, Aberaman


Age on Entry Pupils entering Form 1 were aged 12+ in the early days of the school. There was no Form 2 and the four-year course to School Certificate concluded in Form 5.
In 1907 the school recruited pupils to higher Forms, as well as to Form 1, so for example, Richard Edward Watkins would have entered directly into a higher Form.

Note that for the first time, there were no pupils coming to the school from Mountain Ash, Penrhiwceiber or Abercynon. This was because Mountain Ash County, (later Grammar), School opened in 1907. It would appear that the Aberdare County School did not fully anticipate the drop in intake since only 39 pupils were admitted in 1907, compared to almost double that number in previous years.

*Hirwain — as written in the records of this period.


Gwenhwyfar Louisa Howells was the fourth of the five daughters of Edward & Margaret Howells; her father being a farmer and landowner. The family farm was on the right as one ascended Cwmdare Road, and the family was known as ‘Howells of Maesgwyn’. As an adult, Gwen lived with three of her sisters in Broniestyn House, Trecynon. The 5th and youngest sister, Mildred, was the only one who married. Gwen became a nurse; sister Alice became headmistress of the Open Air School, Trecynon; and sister Edith was a headmistress in Abercwmboi. The eldest, Winnie, was at home, looking after the other three sisters.
Mary (‘Mari’) Howells, for thirty years the school’s peripatetic strings teacher, was a cousin of these sisters.

Thomas Morton Phillips was the son of W.D. Phillips, solicitor, of Park Lane. The Phillips family was very well known in Aberdare at this time. Thomas’s grandfather Col. T. Phillips, also a solicitor, was in 1892 appointed Clerk to the Aberdare Local Board of Health; and three years later Clerk to the new Aberdare Urban District Council, continuing in that post until August, 1912

James Bankes Morice Herbert’s father was for a time a drinks manufacturer. It is possible he was a partner in Dovey & Herbert of Trecynon. Empty bottles from this manufacturer are seen regularly in auctions.

Lizzie Isobel Davies was a daughter of the well known colliery manager Thomas Luther Davies of The Cottage, Cwmaman. Thomas Luther Davies, (1861–1936), was born in Aberdare and became very well known in the district. He was manager at Fforchaman Colliery (1901); Aberaman Colliery (1910); an AUDC Councillor (Liberal) for the Aberaman Ward; member of the GCC Education Committee; Governor of the Aberdare County Schools from 1906, and later Chairman of Governors; a Poor Law Guardian, and he was made an Alderman of the GCC in 1913. He also lectured to various local societies and was a Christadelphian Preacher.

David Lewis Jones was the son of William Jenkin Jones a curate of Fair View, Llewellyn St, Trecynon

Clifford Stanton was the son of the influential miner's agent Charles Butt Stanton, who was later to become an M.P. for the joint parliamentary constituency of Merthyr and Aberdare. Clifford died fighting in WW1 and is commemorated on the School’s WW1 Memorial Plaque, which was unveiled by his father.

Richard Edward Watkins was the son of Farm Bailiff Owen Watkins at Ysguborwen Farm.

Ethel May Tuckfield was the daughter of G. J. Tuckfield, manager at The Metropolitan Bank, (later in 1923 to become The Midland Bank).

Mary Margaret Jones’ father Enoch Jones worked at the Tin Plating Works that was situated next to the railway, at the bottom of Meirion Street, Trecynon.

Crogwen Rees, (1894–1924), was the granddaughter of John Rees of Ty’r Heol in Cardiff Road. John Rees, together with David Thomas, set up the Cwmbach Co-operative Society as a result of a meeting in October 1959. The store in Bridge Street, Cwmbach opened on 8 March 1860. Most scholars recognise The Cwmbach Co-operative Society as the first established Co-operative Society in Wales. Ty’r Heol is an imposing detached house that stands at a fork in the road where Ynys-lwyd Road branches off from Cardiff Road. In its front garden is a distinctive Monkey Puzzle tree.
In May 1910 at Saron Hall, Aberaman, Crogwen’s father Oakley Rees was elected as ward secretary of Aberdare Valley Liberal Association for Blaengwawr. In July of the same year he was elected to be a director of the Cwmbach Co-operative Society representing Aberaman.


Amongst the parental occupations of the 1907 intake, there were,
Aerated Water Manufacturer 1; Bank Manager 1; Butchers 2; Caretaker 1; Certificated Teacher 1; Chemist 1; Coal Merchant 1; Coal Miner/Collier/Miner 3; Colliery Managers 3; Commercial Traveller 1; Confectioner 1; Curate 1; None 3; Farm Bailiff 1; Farmer 1; Fitter 1; Foreman Platelayer 1; Grocer 1; Ironmonger 1; Manager 1; Miners’ Agent 1; Platelayer 1; Police Constable 1; Rider 1; Secretary 1; Solicitor 1; Stationmaster 1; Tailor 1; Teacher 1; Tinplater 1; Underground Fireman 1; Upholsterer 1.