Postcards from Tongwynlais

Old black and white postcard featuring photo of Castell Coch Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 12 - We’re returning to Castell Coch for this instalment of “Postcards from Tongwynlais“. This card has a stamp commemorating King George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935. The postmark is unclear but it looks like it’s dated 1935. You can see in the comparison below that very little has changed in the last 85 years. The safety ... more...
Photo of St Michael's Church on an old postcard Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 11 - For this instalment of “Postcards from Tongwynlais”, I’ve selected a classic shot of St Michael’s Church with Castell Coch in the distance. If you’re a regular reader, you may have seen this image before but I thought it would be interesting to try and work out when it was taken. It looks like whoever bought ... more...
Postcard of cottages in front of Castell Coch, Tongwynlais Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 10 - Welcome to the latest chapter in my series featuring postcards from Tongwynlais. This instalment features a view of the “Castell Coch Cottages”, which used to sit on the hillside beneath the castle and overlook the River Taff. These cottages can be found on the 1885 Ordnance Survey map of Glamorganshire. They were demolished in 1969 ... more...
Castell Coch postcard front Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 9 - I’m going to finish 2019 with another postcard from the collection. This is a favourite image of mine and I have several cards featuring it. This particular example was posted on August 3rd 1906. The date isn’t clear but the stamp features Edward VII, who was king from 1901 to 1910. This is one of ... more...
Old postcard featuring drawing of Castell Coch Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 8 - We’ve got a bumper collection of postcards for you this month. They all feature beautiful pencil sketches of Castell Coch by Joyce Capon. Dating the cards is tricky because they haven’t been posted. They were printed by “William Lewis (Printers) Ltd., 43, Penarth Road, Cardiff.” Some quick research tells me that William Lewis died in ... more...
Old postcard showing aerial photo of Tongwynlais Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 7 - Today’s postcard is an aerial shot of the village and surrounding valley. The postcard was produced by Photochrom Co. Ltd. They are based in London and Tunbridge Wells and were established in 1896. There’s no date or stamp to tell us when it was produced but the existence of the Walnut Tree Viaduct tells us ... more...
Old postcard of Castell Coch and The Ynys Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 6 - I have a few postcards produced by Ernest T Bush but don’t know much about the man or his collection. After purchasing some postcards at a local sale, the dealer mentioned that the gentleman opposite was a keen collector of Bush postcards and that he’d produced a series of books. I introduced myself to Derek ... more...
Old postcard of Castell Coch Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 5 - The latest postcard in my series features a unique image of Castell Coch from – what is now – the golf course. This photo was produced by Bamforth & Co Ltd, who were famous for their saucy seaside postcards. I can’t find much information about their traditional postcard production. The company was founded in 1870 ... more...
Postcard featuring Castell Coch Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 4 - This instalment of “Postcards from Tongwynlais” features a photo of Castell Coch from renowned publisher Valentine & Sons Ltd. Valentine’s was established in 1851 by Mr James Valentine (1814 – 1879). After James’ death his two sons, George Dobson and William Dobson took over the company. They made lots of products but in the late ... more...
Castell Coch postcard girl playing piano Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 3 - For this third instalment of “Postcards from Tongwynlais“, I present another favourite of mine. The photo on the postcard shows a young girl playing the piano in the kitchen of Castell Coch. This was one of my first postcard purchases and – just like the photo in the first article – I was confused why ... more...