Twyn Shinydd – 887 on the 1841 Tithe Map.
I remember Twyn Shinney, (there are several spellings of T.S.) a cottage tucked into the hillside on star pitch. The cottage was demolished and sadly there are no photos (I asked Carol if she had one.)
65 year old John Jenkins and his wife Susannah and son William were living there on the 1841 census and the owner on the tithe was T.E. Cooke (Thomas Eborall).
John Jenkins remains at Twyn Shinydd on the 1851 census, he is now 75 ,a labourer, born in Gloucester, Susannah is 59 and was born in Llangibby, William their son is 35, unmarried also a labourer born in Llangibby.
In 1854 John Jenkins died and was buried at St Peter’s on December 15th aged 80, Susannah his wife died shortly afterwards in 1855, she was buried at St Peter’s on December 15th aged 68.
William their son remained at Twyn Shinydd; in 1859 he signed the petition against the increases of taxes for the widening of Newport Bridge.
By 1851 William had left and on the census John Jenkins 38 and his wife Mary 47 with their children Eliza 9, and Cousin William born Llanfrechfa were living at Twyn Shinydd.
In 1866 Twyn Shinney was sold for £60 to Miss M. A. Cooke, it contained 1 rood and 21 perches.
By 1881 Abraham Williams 61, born in Glascoed, along with his family were living here. Ann his wife was 39, born in Monmouth, their children Martha 21, Arthur 13, Rebekah 12 and Ada 7 months were all born in Goytre.
James Scammel aged 86 from Wiltshire and Eliza 75, his wife were at Twyn Shinydd on the 1901 census.
On the 1910 parish assessment William Collins is the occupier and Albert A Williams of Llangibby is now the owner, the gross value is £3 15s and the rateable value is £3.
The 1911 census gives a little more information, William Collins is 34, he has been married to Eliza 28 for 10 years and they have 2 children, Fred 9 and Anne 7 both born in Thornbury and they are occupying 4 rooms.
A report in the Western Morning News:
27th December 1932
William John Harwood was found unconscious by his pedal cycle Xmas eve on the road between Pontypool and Abergavenny, he died later in hospital on the 24th December 1932. In his will dated January 1933 he left £556 13s 4d to his wife Martha Harwood widow. (He lived at Twyn Shinney from about 1925)
The following names are on the electoral register for Twyn Shinney over the following years;
1918 – 1920 George Herbert;
1921 – 1923 unoccupied
1924 – Thomas John Hickery
1925 – 1929 William John Harwood
1930 – Adelaide Ellaway
1931 – 1934 William Harwood
1935 – Martha, George and Doris Harwood
1936 – 1937 Frank and Frances Payne
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