2 Railway View - Hollies
The census of The Hollies/Nyfthra , this being I think because on some of the census it is 1 railway view, others it is 2 railway view.
From the deeds of the property also Nyfthra was a Butchers with full butchers slab and slaughter pit (still there).
The other property I was hoping was not on 1871 census,the reason being is that Nyfthra/Hollies is built on the remains of an old cottage and hollies was built 1865. Our utility outside wall was part of the old cottage,also the old barn at Nyfthra is older than the house,or was the barn a dwelling house at some time.F
1958there until 1958.
3 rd April 1958 Ronald Howell Williams a seed merchant had the house
8 th April 1960 Edward Walter Evans and Edith Evans had the house
1 s t Nov 1968 Brymor Evans had the house
8 th Jul 1969 Evan John Jones leased the house from Brymor Evans
28 th Jul 1969 Frederick James Carpenter and May Carpenter appear on the deeds as living here
21 Jan 1974 Edward Sydney Wood & Sheila Joyce Wood purchased the freehold from the
Carpenters. Edward Wood died in 1995, Sheila died about 2015.
18 th Feb 2011 Robin & Susan purchased the freehold from Sheila Wood.
19337 Dec 1920 Evan Jones takes over the lease ,not known if he lived there.
20 th Oct 1923 Evan Walters a gardener takes over the lease,not known if he lived there.
29 th June 1933 Thomas Lewis (of Crwch) purchased the lease from Sarah Anne Price of the
Cammarch Hotel for £200. It appears that Sarah Anne was living at the Hotel which was in the
name of Miss Sydney Price her cousin. Sarah Anne’s parents were Rees Price a blacksmith and
coalmerchant, her mother was Sarah. In 1891 Sarah was living with her mother at Mayo Villa.It
also appears that Sydney held the lease before she died.
Thomas Lewis was baptised at Abergwesyn feb 16 th 1872, he married Mary A Jones at
Abergwesyn Dec 7th 1897 .He was a Shepherd. Mary A was baptised at Abergwesyn jul 21st 1872.
Mary A was buried apr 5th 1946 at Abergwesyn “of the Hollies”, Thomas was buried also there May
28th 1957 “of the Hollies”. The 1939 Register states that he was a retired Shepherd.
It looks as if Thomas had a housekeeper/maid after his wife died called Gwladys Jones. Gwladys
inherited the house “in lieu of wages not paid for 7 yrs” on April 20th 1953. It looks as if Gwladys
was there until 1958.
The 1911 census shows Robina Smith and Marjory Smith living at the house the occupation
shows that they were “Private Boarding House”. Robina born 1846,Marjory born 1848.
Robina Smith died in July of that year and was buried on 27th July 1911 at Llanllywynfel (Robina
Smith of the Hollies). Anna Marjory Smith died in 1934 at Hay, buried 31st Aug 1934 at
Llanllywynfel. They were both baptised at Llanllywynfel, daughters of Coll Smith a land Agent.
In the 1901 census it shows the two sisters living at Mayo House (by river) listed as “letting
The 1901 census shows William Jones still living at the house with;
Sarah A Evans sister in law,single aged 39 Cook domestic born Llanelwedd
Emely E Jones niece at school aged 10 born Chester.
Noted in 1911 William Jones was at Cwnbryn House, still a wool dealer,his wife Alice was a
Temperenll Hotel keeper.
2 nd Aug 1901 Evan Davies takes over the lease,he was born in Llangammarch in 1842, but never
appeared to live at the Hollies. He made a will on 13th Sep 1911 in which the lease was given to his
wife Anne, she came from Builth. Evan Davies was the registrar of Births deaths and marriages at
Builth. Anne Davies died 20th Feb 1920.
19th sep 1895 Samuel Williams takes over the lease.
The 1891 census shows the following living at Railway view,
William Jones head marr aged 40 Commercial wool dealer born Builth
Alice Jones wife marr aged 31 born Builth
The 1881 census shows the following were living at 2 Railway view;
Henry Robert Edlin head marr aged 54 Indian Army Pension born Kensington
Mary Louisa Edlin wife marr aged 51 born Carlisle
Gertrude Phillipine King Boarder unmarr 61, dividends born France (British Subject)
Margaret Davies servant unmarr aged 19 a general domestic servant born Cefnbran
On the 23rd Jan 1871 Thomas Davies died, the lease was then granted to Margaret Davies (dau) ,
then to John Thos Davies (son) and then to Thos Jno Davies (g-son).
The 1871 census shows ;
Margaret Davies head,unmarr, aged 40 occ Private Lodgings
Mary Davies step moth, wid, aged 61 a stocking knitter
Margaret Evans niece,unmarr, aged 12 at school
Andrew Powell lodger, unmarried, a Police officer
On 23rd July 1868 Thomas Davies bought a Lease from Clara Thomas and others for land that was
staked out measuring 37’ 6” by 110’ on a field called Caeowar ye heol. The lease was for 99yrs at
the rate of 12 shillings and 6 pence.
I think this was the date that the house was built known as 2 Railway View.
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