Oral History collection: Ivor Watkins (born 29 June 1898) interviewed by C. J. C. Lewis about Formal Lecture on his youth in Sketty.

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 216 TH 69
  • Dates of Creation
      12 Oct. 1978
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 audio recording

Scope and Content

Track 1. [00:00:10] Community: Memories of Sketty at Sketty Baptist Club (talk to members by Ivor Watkins). [00:03:07] Community: Talk on his last years at school. [00:04:08] Community: Olchfa, a little hamlet a mile from Sketty Church. [00:05:00] Community: Description of area around Olchfa. [00:06:48] Community: Description of buildings in Olchfa - shops and the Pub. [00:08:10] Community: Description of lanes and roads around the farms in the area, Clyne and Hendrefoilan and Olchfa. [00:09:13] Community: First burial at Bethel Chapel. [00:11:20] Community: Listing people who lived in the area. [00:13:16] Community: Road passing through Olchfa was the main road to Gower. [00:13:45] Community: People used to walk miles on a Sunday to Bethel Chapel in Sketty. [00:14:50] Community: Naming men who lived in the area of Olchfa. [00:15:20] Community: Olchfa House, description of grounds, Blackberry picking. [00:17:19] Community: 1912 was his last year at school. [00:17:56] Community: Wanted to be a Carpenter. Mrs Morris from Olchfa House wanting him to work in Olchfa House, cleaning horses and cars. [00:18:30] Community: Description of work at Olchfa House. [00:20:49] Community: Description of long hedge on way to Olchfa - all wildlife was there. [00:24:00] Community: Long description of Area of Olchfa through the seasons. [00:33:32] Community: Continues on with a long description of wildlife in Olchfa and the changing seasons on nature. [00:39:25] Community: Still talking about the hedge.