Oral History collection: Rev. James (Jim) Webber (Birchgrove; grew up in Frederick Place, Llansamlet, Chapel minister) interviewed by Anne Rosser about Growing up in Llansamlet; memories of wartime.

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 216 D/D LHS 1d
  • Dates of Creation
      2014
  • Language of Material
      English
  • Physical Description
      1 audio recording in MP3 format

Scope and Content

[00:00:01] Personal Details: Rev James (Jim) Webber, b Birchgrove, lived Llansamlet. [00:00:10] Childhood: Toys. [00:00:49] Housing: No electric or water, or inside loo. [00:01:28] Personal Details: Only child. [00:01:59] Education: Lon Las School. [00:02:05] Family: Father a miner, piecework, in Clydach. [00:02:42] Mining: Bathing, facilities, lack of. [00:03:00] Farming: Rented field, pigs & chickens: fodder, faggots. [00:03:41] Housing: Neighbours & housing, close community. [00:04:53] Wartime Controls: Food regulations. [00:05:54] Education: Lon Las school, until 11+. [00:06:11] Religion: Ebenezer Chapel attendee. [00:06:29] Motorways: School, Chapel, Railway Inn all demolished for M4 construction. [00:06:38] Education: Excellent basic education at Lon Las, games. [00:07:42] Education: 11+: Swansea Grammar School bombed, temporary buildings. [00:08:25] War: Luftwaffe bomb Llandarcy Refinery, burns for a week. [00:08:44] War: Anderson Shelter in garden. [00:09:05] War: Frederick Place wrecked by bomb [00:see also DD LHS 1g, 6m 52s]. [00:09:24] Leisure: Youth club, run by (very moral) Tom Lloyd Jones, at Lon Las School. [00:10:00] Leisure: Wireless, cinema. [00:10:09] Society: Safe for children. [00:10:15] Transport: Bus, bike, foot: cars for Drs & businesspeople only. [00:10:23] Leisure: Cycle trip to Isle of Wight, youth hostels. [00:10:39] Religion: Sunday School, then evening services: Ebenezer Chapel bilingual, mainly English. [00:11:17] Civil Service: Passed exam, cash office work in Pembs. [00:11:25] RAF: National Service: invalided out, rheumatic fever. [00:12:05] Religion: March 1954 saw Billy Graham film, "completely changed". [00:12:22] Religion: Lon Las Gospel Mission, South Wales Bible College, Barry. [00:12:29] Religion: Minister, Baptist Church in Brynmawr. [00:12:35] Personal Details: Marriage, fatherhood. [00:12:43] Mining: Father killed in Brynlliw accident, 1963, aged 49. [00:13:00] Religion: 1965: Minister until 1988, Baptist Church, Newbridge. [00:13:10] Religion: 1988: Minister, Lon Las Gospel Mission.