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Bridgend People


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After their marriage at St Andrews Church, Rowbarton,  Taunton, Somerset, in 1902, Alfred James and Mary Elizabeth Haynes (nee Easton) Parkhouse moved to Aberkenfig near Bridgend, Glamorgan. When Alfred James died,  tragically young at the age of 39, in 1914, he left his wife to care for their six children, all under 11 years old,  in conditions of extreme poverty. However, Mary Elizabeth (Polly) although worn out, judging from her later photos, did raise them all before she died at the early age of 56 in 1933.


A posed, studio, photograph of Alfred James Parkhouse. Was the bike his, or was it a studio prop?



Mary Elizabeth Haynes Easton as a young woman (pre 1900?)


and towards the end of her life (ca 1933 aged 57)::

Alfred James and Mary Elizabeth Parkhouse with Alfred Charles Easton, and Edward Stanley George (on lap) c 1906


Mary Elizabeth Haynes Easton as a widow c1914




There is a possibility that sons of Alfred James Parkhouse are included in this photograph of a shift at Coytrahen Colliery in the 1920s.


The grave of Alfred James and Mary Elizabeth Parkhouse in Llansantffraid (Aberkenfig) churchyard (paid-for many years later by the widow of their eldest son, Alfred Charles Easton Parkhouse).

Alfred Charles Easton Parkhouse circa 1930, the first to get a job in Cowley, Oxford and lodge, at first, with Mrs Shirley in Littleworth. Edward Stanley George was to follow him. The youngest son, Alfred James Frank was the last to get a job in Cowley. (pre 1939)

Doris Barnett, nee Blodwyn Doris Mary Parkhouse, with Roy Parkhouse in the grounds of Porthkerry House, where the family camped pre-1939. Cold Knap Point is in the distance.


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