Friends of Saron have recently received some reminiscences from people who grew up in Troedyrhiw in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
The painting is by Alan Jenkins, the Troedyrhiw born artist who provided the sketches of local scenes which featured in an earlier item posted on this blog. The painting was made in 1963 and is a view from the mountainside above the Merthyr Road (eastern) side of the village looking towards Merthyr. Alan said that “our proximity to the hillside made it our playground, we often played wide games of hide & seek and built dens in the ferns’. He describes his childhood as a ‘magical time.”
Another former resident provided the photographs which date from the same period as Alan’s painting. He describes memories of “climbing up Merthyr Road tips and sometimes, sliding back down again getting filthy much to the annoyance of my mother” and “taking the incline up towards Brazil Tip passing what we always called the ‘haunted farm’ (Gilfach-yr-Encil) and, if we felt particularly energetic and brave, all the way up to Eagles’ Rock.”