Oral History collection: Mrs Morgan (born 26 Apr. 1927, Pant-teg, but moved to Pontardawe and grew up there) interviewed by Interviewer unidentified. about her memories of Pontardawe, and of working in the Parazone Works.

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 216 D/D SCS 17/3
  • Dates of Creation
      20 Jan. 1988
  • Language of Material
      English
  • Physical Description
      1 audio recording on cassette; also digital copy in MP3 format

Scope and Content

Track 1. [00:01:38] Lifestyle: Families had get their water from outside the household. [00:03:30] Education: Llangiwg was an English and Welsh school. [00:03:55] Education: Children that spoke Welsh were not punished for doing so. [00:04:00] Education: There were Welsh and English classes. [00:06:18] Lifestyle: Sunday school allowed children from poor backgrounds a chance to go on trips. [00:07:52] Lifestyle: Some children were lucky enough to come from school and not be forced by their parents to do housework, especially if they were young. [00:15:30] Person of Interest: William Morris.

Track 2. [00:02:38] Leisure: Billiard hall cleaning & hours. [00:07:25] Benefits: No sickness pay until 10 years service. [00:10:50] Industry: Poor working conditions, bottle cleaning. [00:13:34] Wages: £2pw bottle washing in 1947. [00:14:13] Morality: Men away (National Service), loose morals. [00:16:16] Crime: Black Market. [00:22:20] Education: Most left school at 14, to work. [00:23:00] Industry: Neighbouring girl fell into acid vat at Gilbertsons.