Myrtle Cottage

Myrtle Cottage – 427 on the 1841 Tithe Map.

In October 1879 Ann Jenkins, the widow of William (who was killed in an accident whilst working for Col. Byrde) was mentioned at this address in the school log book.

Ann was in residence on the census of 1881 she was a 52 year old annuitant, living with her is her 16 year old nephew Thomas Turner who is still a scholar,  Ann and Thomas were born in Pontypool.

Ann and Thomas remained at Myrtle Cottage, the census of 1891 says head of the household is now Thomas Turner, he is a 26 year old grocer’s assistant. Ann is now 62 and living on her own means.

On the 1901 census Ann Jenkins is residing at Myrtle Cottage on her own, she is now 73.

Lot 29 of the Goytre Estate in 1910 gives a lease to Miss Mathews for 99 years from March 25th. The freehold ground rent is £2 6s 8d. The property on that record is called Myrtle House.

By 1911 the resident of Myrtle Cottage is Sarah Mathews, she is an 86 year old retired farmer (late of White House Farm, Mamhilad.) Sarah was born in Llanbaddoc, living with her is  Lily, 40 and 16 year old apprentice carpenter Henry Guest.

Henry Guest joined the military and went to France in 1914, very sadly he was killed on the 11th December 1914, he was the son of Richard and Clara.

In 1915 Matilda Mathews is listed as the resident of Myrtle Cottage.

The electoral register in 1920 says Edward Morris was living at the property along with Miss Mathews, in 1925 Charles Ernest Cox is living here, this had changed by 1930 to Victor Albert Jones, it appears Miss Mathews was taking in a lodger.

By the 1939 register this had changed back to Matilda Mathews. The information given on this register says she was born on the 11th September 1862 and that she is incapacitated, she has a live-in domestic called Ellen Thomas.

Matilda remained at Myrtle cottage until her death in 1955.


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