Welsh Cottage

A semi detached character cottage dating back to at least the 18th Century close to the English/Welsh border.

This cottage has many interesting features, and the owner has the original deeds. I was asked to find out what I could about the history of the house.

Picture of the cottage

03 April 1881

Millbank was occupied by:
1.
Martha Maria Davies, widow, age 52, farmer of five acres, born in Llangedwin, Denbighshire
George Owen Davies, her son, not married, age 24, farm labourer, born in Llandrhaidr, Montgomeryshire

2.
George Jones, age 48, painter and paper hanger, born in Selattyn, Shropshire
Elizabeth Jones, his wife, age 39, born in Llangynog, Montgomeryshire
Rosamund Jones, his daughter, age 10, scholar, born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire
Gertrude Jones, his daughter, age 4, scholar, born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire
Emily Jones, his daughter, age 2, born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire
Norman Jones, his son, age 1 month, born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire.

Between the two dwellings named Mill Bank is Tydail which is unoccupied. Immediately prior to Mill Bank is Old Tollgate house and Three Tuns loft and Rock House follow it.

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05 April 1891

Millbank was occupied by:
1. Occupying 3 rooms.
Thomas Williams, age 43, shoe maker, employer, born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire. Welsh and English speaking.
Ann Williams, his wife, age 49, born in Aberdare. Welsh and English speaking.
Robert Williams, his son, age 16, shoe maker apprentice, employed, born in Aberdare. Welsh and English speaking.
Daniel R. Williams, his son, age 14, born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire. Welsh and English speaking.
Catherine Williams, his daughter, age 18, domestic servant, employed, born in Aberdare. Welsh and English speaking.

2. Occupying 4 rooms.
David Jones, age 43, joiner, neither employed nor employer. born in Llanrhaiadr, Denbighshire. Welsh speaking.
Ann Jones, his wife, age 42, born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire. Welsh speaking.
Annie Jane Jones, his daughter, age 11, scholar, born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire. Welsh speaking.
David Elis Jones, his son, age 7, scholar, born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire. Welsh speaking.
Christopher Jones, his son, age 4, born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire. Welsh speaking.
Herbert Jones, his son, age 5 months, born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire.

3. Occupying 2 rooms.
David Williams, widower, age 71, general labourer, employed. born in Fwyddelwern, Meriontheshire . Welsh speaking.

4. Occupying 3 rooms.
Henry Williams, widower, age 40, farm labourer, employed. born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire. Welsh speaking.
Margt Jane Williams, his daughter, age 12, scholar, born in Llanrhaiadr, Denbighshire. Welsh speaking.
Rose Maria Williams, his daughter, age 6, scholar, born in Llanrhaiadr, Denbighshire. Welsh speaking.

Two more properties named Mill Bank are unoccupied. Castle Buildings is enumerated after Mill Bank andPendentyn is the property before Mill Bank.

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07 May 1899

John Humphrey of Mill-bank Llanrhaiadr-yn-Mochant Montgomeryshire, retired innkeeper, died.

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11 Feb 1900

John Humphrey of Mill-bank Llanrhaiadr-yn-Mochant Montgomeryshire, carpenter, died.

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09 January 1901

Robert Henry Charles, draper, is the executor of the estate of John Humphreys, carpenter, who left effects to the value fo £1789 10s 4d.

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31 March 1901

Millbank was occupied by:
1. Occupying 3 rooms.
Jane Davies., widow, age 70, no occupation, born in Llanrhaiadr, Denbighshire. Welsh speaking.
William Davies, her son, single, age 23. A general labourer, born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire. Welsh speaking.

2. Occupying 4 rooms.
Elizabeth Davies., widow, age 44, no occupation, living on own means. born in Llanfihangel yr Arth, Carmarthenshire. Welsh and English speaking.
Mary H. Davies., daughter, age 10, born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire. Welsh and English speaking.
Thirza Davies., daughter, age 4, born in Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire. Welsh and English speaking.

Mill Bank 3 and 4 were unoccupied.

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24 April 1901

Robert Henry Charles, draper, is the executor of the estate of John Humphreys, retired innkeeper, who left effects to the value fo £1865 19s 5d.

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September Quarter 1904 (01 July - 30 September 1904)

Robert Lloyd, married Jane Jones at Llanfyllin Registry Office Montgomeryshire.

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02 April 1911

The property was occupied by:
Robert Lloyd, married, age 46, an engine driver at a granite stone quarry in Llangynog. He was born in Llanrhaiadr. He gave his nationality as Welsh, and spoke both Welsh and English.
Jane Lloyd, his wife, age 48. The couple had been married 7 years and had no children. She worked at home, and like her husband was born in Llanrhaiadr, gave her nationality as Welsh, and spoke both Welsh and English.

There were lead quarries and mines in Llangynog from 1692 and slate quarries from the early 18th century. Granite quarrying was important to Llangynog during the early part of the 20th century. The Tanat Valley Light Railway had opened in 1904 but Robert Lloyd probably worked on engines within the mine rather being a locomotive driver. The granite quarries can be seen above Llangynog to this day. Cyrniau granite quarry is visible in this 2013 image of Llangynog, above the New Inn (1751)
Llangynog, Powys

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29 September 1939

The property was occupied by:
Charlotte Richards, a widow, born 15 November 1892 who was doing unpaid domestic duties.
Jane Richards, who later became Roberts, born 17 April 1914 also doing unpaid dometic duties.
John T. Richards, born 31 March 1916, a "clerk at rate collector office and local government".
Glyn Roberts, born 29 August 1912, a school science teacher.
Two people who were born after January 1922.

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September Qtr 1940

Jane Richards and Glyn Roberts married

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[1]1939 Register, Wales. Llanfyllin, Montgomeryshire. RICHARDS, Charlotte. 29 September 1939. Schedule 26. RG101/7660I/003/29. National Archives (Great Britain), Kew, England. Collection: 1939 Register. www.findmypast.co.uk : accessed 15 February 2021.

[2]Marriages index (CR) England & Wales. RD Wrexham. 3rd Q., 1940. RICHARDS, Jane and ROBERTS, Glyn. Vol. 11b. p. 885. www.freebmd.org.uk : accessed 16 January 2022.

[3]Census records. Wales. Llanrhaiadr yn Mochnant South, Montgomeryshire. 02 April 1911. Mill Bank, Llanrhaiadr. Schedule 70. RG14 PN33890. National Archives (Great Britain), Kew, England. www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 27 June 2020.

[4]Marriages index (CR) England & Wales. RD Llanfyllin. 3rd Q., 1904. LLOYD, Robert. Vol. 11b. p. 312. www.freebmd.org.uk : accessed 12 February 2022.

[5]Guild of One Name Studies. Marriage Locator. www.marriage-locator.co.uk : accessed 12 February 2022.

[6]Hainsworth, John. History of Llangynog. www.llangynog.org/history.php : accessed 13 February 2022.

[7]Census records. Wales. Llanrhaiadr yn Mochnant South, Montgomeryshire. 31 March 1901. Mill Bank, Llanrhaiadr. Schedule 45. RG13 PN5206.p. 6. National Archives (Great Britain), Kew, England. www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 28 June 2020.

[8]Census records. Wales. Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire. 05 April 1891. Mill Bank, Llanrhaiadr. Schedule 45. RG12 PN4602. FL. 43. p. 5. National Archives (Great Britain), Kew, England. www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 28 June 2020.

[9]Census records. Wales. Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire. 03 April 1881. Mill Bank, Llanrhaiadr. Schedule 71. RG11 PN5499. FL. 56. p. 12. National Archives (Great Britain), Kew, England. www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 01 May 2022.

[10]Testamentary records. England. Llanrhaiadr, Montgomeryshire. 09 January 1901. HUMPRHEYS, John. Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the grants of probate. p. 247 https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/ : accessed 08 Feburary 2021.

This page was last updated on 31 July 2022.