Oral History collection: John S. Davies (born 2 Jan. 1898) interviewed by ? about Early days/growing up; Pontardulais tinplate industry -Richard Thomas and Baldwins.

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 216 TH 41
  • Dates of Creation
      15 Nov. 1976
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 audio recording

Scope and Content

Track 1. [00:00:00] General: Mr G. S. Davies, born in Hendy in 1898, recalls the visit of Edward VII to Swansea in 1904. [00:01:08] General: Mr Davies recalls the standard of living at home in 1904. [00:01:48] Education: Starting school and the 'Parents Strike' against the funding of Anglican education in 1902. [00:05:20] Education: Recalling the quality and standard of Teachers and Headmasters. [00:07:03] Education: Remembering lessons in English and Arithmetic, class size and 'the scholarship class'. [00:09:06] Education: The economic background of his family. [00:12:50] Education: Mr Davies recalls his schooldays as a happy time and remembers a colourful Teacher, Mr Isaac L Davies. [00:18:58] Education: Moving on to Gowerton County school, and the able Headmaster, Mr D. E. Williams. [00:20:27] Education: Recalling the discipline in Gowerton. [00:23:23] Education: Favourite subjects at Gowerton, including Classics and Latin, Welsh and French. [00:26:11] Education: Memories of other teachers at Gowerton, and 'league tables' for teachers. [00:28:31] Community: Leaving school and starting work in the Tinworks at 14 years of age in 1912. [00:31:32] Community: Final memories of childhood, including holidaying with relatives and playing cricket, tennis and Rugby. [00:35:40] Industry: Learning how to turn rolls in the Tinworks. [00:36:24] Industry: Explaining how a photographic record and book came to be made of the Swansea Tinworks. [00:42:13] Industry: Describing the duties and functions of workers in a Tinworks and the tin-making process. [00:55:23] Industry: Uses for the products made by the Tinworks, gasmeters and milkchurns, and the challenges posed by new technologies in tin manufacturing. [00:59:23] Industry: Training and wages for the skills required in the Tinworks. [01:60:25] Industry: Describing a typical career within the Tinworks. [01:03:10] Industry: Comparing wages to other industries. [01:03:43] Industry: Discussing clerical work in the Tinworks (recording ends).

Track 2. [00:00:00] Industry: Mr G. S. Davies continues discussing the clerical work in the Tinworks, including the importance of the Royal Mail in the beauracracy. [00:13:05] Industry: Industrial relations between management and workers in Claytons Tinworks. [00:13:49] Community: Recalling the chapels and churches that the workforce attended. [00:14:32] Community: Usage of Welsh in the Tinworks. [00:14:52] Industry: Moving on from the role of Office-boy. [00:16:49] Industry: Describing the importance of Tin in the Pontarddulais area. [00:18:20] General: (recording ends).