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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:29 pm    Post subject: Glascoed munitions factory  Reply with quote

Does anyone have any information or photographs of the Glascoed munitions factory near Usk?  My Grandmother worked there during the 2nd World War so I have a partilcular interest in anything regarding the factory.

Thank you

Cerys
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Cerys
I am the Heritage Custodian for Glascoed and all of the other ROFs. What information are you looking for?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Glen for the wonderful information you sent me on my mother who worked there during the war.  Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Glen

It's Martyn here - Sue's cousin. Hope you are both well. I was sorry to hear about Maureen. How is Phil doing these days? It must be 30 years since I saw him last.

My mother Gwyneth Thomas worked at Glascoed, probably during the early years of the war although it might have been slightly earlier. We are putting together a short life history for her. She is in a care home now unfortunately and unable to contribute anything herself. Are you able to unearth any details at all?

I did get some details of the time she spent as a nanny in London in the pre-war years. She worked for the owners of the Fitzroy Tavern which had a pretty famous clientele, including Dylan Thomas, Jacob Epstein, Augustus John and even Aleister Crowley. Must have been a pretty interesting place to be! I've been in touch with the little girl (now a bit bigger!) who she looked after and she has sent some photos which was nice.

Nice to see your name again. Give my love to Sue - and Phil if you are in touch.

Martyn
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Glen, well basically any information on my grandmother or her sisters who worked there would be great.  My grandmothers name was Sarah Ann Gravenor (nee Edwards) but I think they called her Sadie and she unfortunately died young in approx 1948.  Her sisters names were Eunice Meredith and I think Gwen Holloway (nee Edwards).  They all lived in Abertillery.  Please let me know if you need any more details that would help.

Thank you so much for any help.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Glen

Thanks for the info. An amazing amount of detail! I'll put it into my mother's life hsitory. I'll email you properly and hopefully pop out to see you and Sue over the next week or two.

Many thanks

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My grandmother (Maida Glasenbury nee Lewis) supposedly worked in a munitions factory during WW2, but I have no idea which one unfortunately.  She lived in Abertillery (but also moved to Cardiff at some point during the War) - does this narrow down which factory it would have been please?  
There was some talk of the factory being bombed (or perhaps an explosion) which supposedly meant she stopped work there but I'm not sure if this was correct.
Any help would be very appreciated please - thank you.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:30 pm    Post subject: Glascoed Munitions Factory Reply with quote

I have found a Mrs Maida Glasenbury in the ROF Glascoed archive. [edited by admin 23/03/2013]

The stories of the factory being bombed are correct. This occurred twice in 1940. I hope this information is of help.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:52 am    Post subject: munitions factory Reply with quote

This is my first time posting here.  I was interested to read about the thread of the Munitions factory.  My mother worked in a munitions factory during WW2, and she was from Abertillery.  I dont know which one,   I am her carer now, and she has Parkinsons Disease and wouldnt remember which one.  Her name was Catherine (Kitty) Hughes nee CHURCHILL.  It would be interessting to find out more if anyone knows anything.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:23 am    Post subject: RoF Glascoed Reply with quote

Glen Chappelle, Are you still researching the RoF? My father and then later in the war both my parents worked there. We lived at Glyn Hall and I remember of the names of many of the people who lived there. There seems to be very little information about its connection with RoF Glascoed.  It's a little piece of history that seems to have been overlooked.
Diana Lewis
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diana
Yes. I was aware of Glyn Hall but had very little information on it. Just the building layouts and a few photographs of a wartime fancy dress savings dance.
However I have had some correspondence from several people like yourself who have fond memories of their time spent there. In Particular a Mr John Lockyer who moved there with his parents. His father had some sort of managerial role and he later became involved with the organisation of entertainments at the Hall. He trained at Newport Art College and became an illustrator. As I said he had very fond memories of the place and wrote an article about the Hall for the South Wales Argus newspaper a few years ago. In the article he appealed for contact from past residents and it was via this appeal that I was able to make contact with him. He subsequently sent me information on some of the people involved in the running of the Hall and also a coloured print of the Hostel which he had produced from memory. I was able to send him a copy of the original layout drawing which confirmed that his memory was incredibly good.
You are correct in that not much is recorded of the ROF hostels. However, they did play an important part in supporting those families who were effectively conscripted to work far away from their homes in aid of the war effort.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:14 pm    Post subject: Munitions Factory Reply with quote

To MSD and Glen Chappelle
Born and reared in Forge Row Nantyglo we used to wait for
the Budgie train coming up the valley from Glascoed two engines
pulling a train full of workers
However When I was 16 in 1952 I volunteered to work as a trainee farmer
The Farm was overlooking the Munitions Factory in Glascoed
The owner Jim Lawrence is now farming for the lord
Both Mr and Mrs Lawrence were very kind to me before I  left to join the army they begged me to stay
The eldest son Derrick if I have spelt correct still lives on the farm and has done so all his life
The factory was surrounded by the Bryn Farms fields
I used to look down in wonder on the camouflaged buildings covered over with grass tumps of earth
My wife and I were spending an evening in the Glascoed Social Club on the very night before the first of our three children were born
When we arrived to her home in Blaenavon labour pains started
The last time I spoke to Derrick on the phone he reminded me about one of the new pigs I called Sylvia my wifes name  
It might be worth giving Derrick a ring he might have stories to tell and
photograps of the Factory if you do ring remind me to them say Eddie Legge told us to give you a call
D J Lawrence
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Best of luck Eddie Legge
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eddie
Yes I new the Lawrence family well. I started my apprenticeship at Glascoed in the mid sixties and the two sisters of one of my colleagues married Derek and his younger brother Russel Their father Jim was a great chap and like you I got on with him very well. My fiance (now my wife) Sue and I spent many summer evenings helping to get the hay in at Bryn Farm. Jim always had plenty of cider for the workers and the evenings always finished off with a huge supper prepared by Mrs Lawrence at the top farm called Upper House. By this time Derek was living at the Bryn with his wife and young daughter.
Those were happy times but although I still work part time at Glascoed as Heritage Manager (I retired at the end of 2010) I haven't spoken to any of the family for some years.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:17 am    Post subject: Glascoed munitions factory Reply with quote

Hi Glen,
My parents farmed at the Hill Farm Glascoed during the second world war and used to billet workers from the factory. I was wondering if there is any info on names etc.
Thanks
Chris
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 2:49 pm    Post subject: glascoed munitions Reply with quote

I read somewhere on Abertillery on line that there are records of people who worked in Glascoed - any idea where I can find these?  My Mum worked there for short while probably 1941 to early 1942

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