Walk up Kilvey Road

 

Starting to walk up Kilvey Road from the Junction of Foxhole Road

 

 There were a few houses on both sides of Kilvey Rd but most of the population of Foxhole lived in rows between the two roads, Lamb row Pleasant Row, Prospect row and blocks of semidetached cottages of all designs, always clean, white washed with the little walls around also white washed and looked so clean from the main Rd, the backs of these rows of houses facing Kilvey Rd. The first house of the block of schools was the residence of Richard Gwyn the school master of the boys school which was on the opposite side of the road, then the Infants school, then the Church and with only a wall between the Girls school. The school mistress a Miss Bailey all built by the Grenfells.

Opposite the Girls school the ‘Rifleman’ Public house occupied by a Mr. Jones who kept a diary of all notable events in the parish, many arguments were settled in smoke room. A genial old man who would bring out his diary and all would be satisfied; there were a few seats outside for summer visitors who had a good view of the river and the town. Any big service on at the church, other than Sundays such as Harvest festivals, or memorial services held on a Thursday, he would do a fairly good business, after the walk up the hill you would require some refreshment especially if you walked up Morris Lane and passed the farm ‘Tyrgwl’.

The Kilvey Vicarage was on the top of Morris Lane, and the only road was to the farm, a little lane was the approach from that side to the farm. On top of Kilvey Rd was the quarry a very busy place it was worked for stone for the North Dock getty about this time, and horses and carts delivering the stone, many a time you would be sent away from Kilvey Road especially near the quarry as blasting operations were going on, near the entrance was a gate leading to the farm, all fields in crops (before Maesteg St was built) on a lane turning from the gate was another small holding a few cows, pigs and a horse & cart for delivering milk, fields all around. A few houses in the lane called Jericho Road, a little shop there which sold everything, opposite Jericho Row (was Jericho gardens now pulled down) across the other side was Maesteg St. with fields belonging to Tyrgwl farm all fenced with wooden posts and wire. The farm house was a fine building with two large bay windows facing the sea, big trees around and fairly big out buildings it was kept by a man named Mr. Bates who kept a fine number of horses and done haulage contracts.

By the side of the quarry was a kind of road leading up to the top of the hill Kilvey a Mr. Goss had a small holding up there, he kept a donkey, and used to carry everything up the hill with two panniers one each side. There were also a few cottages up there, and they were all supplied with coal and heavy stuff by the donkey. Mr. Goss would catch hold of the girth and the donkey would pull him up, take stops whenever he liked, no hurry in those days.