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SUNNY BANK FARM

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I don’t know a huge amount about the residents of Sunny Bank Farmhouse yet.


John Jones (from the 1853/54 and 1855/56 Registers of Electors) is little more than a name to me … there was a John Jones living at “Pare Tree Cottage”  which was in the same general area as “Sunny Banks” - this COULD be “Sunny Bank” although I don’t think it was. “Sunny Banks” was listed as uninhabited.


Daniel Jones was born on 30th October 1830 at Ynysgow, Panteg. He was living at Llanddewi Fach at the time of his marriage to Mary Jones (a rare marriage where the wife did not need to change her maiden name!). Mary had been born at Llangibby around 1830/32 and this is the parish they married at on 19th May 1859.


Daniel was a labourer at the time of his marriage and was the son of a Thomas and Elizabeth Jones (Thomas was also a labourer). Mary was also the son of a Thomas Jones - this one being a farmer (“Yeoman”) from Cwyrwen, Llangibby. They had one son, Thomas to my knowledge. Sadly Thomas died in June 1881 and was buried on 16th June 1881 at Llanhennock Parish Churchyard.


Mary was an invalid at the time of the 1891 census and died just a few months later. She was also buried at Llanhennock, with their son, Thomas.


Daniel re-married on 4th August 1896. His new wife, Emma Louisa Webb was over 30 years Daniel’s junior. She came to Glascoed with her two brothers. William Webb was a 27 year old certificated Schoolmaster at Glascoed Board School on the 1891 census and Emma was his “Housekeeper and teacher of sewing”, aged 27. Their younger brother, Andrew Charles Webb completed the staff as a pupil teacher. Emma had been born at Pembroke Dock in 1863, the daughter of William and Emma Webb, who both came from Gloucestershire. William was a Coastguard.


Daniel was a farmer throughout 1871-1911 from census records (although in 1901 he was described as “Living on own means”).


A new family appears on the 1922 Register of Electors at Sunny Bank Farm, Frederick and Isabella Large. I don’t know much about them, although they were still there on the 1929 Register.


Census records


1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911.

Sunny Bank Farm is in between Pergoed Lane and Glascoed Lane. Sunny Bank Cottage is on the farm lane leading to the Farmhouse.


John Jones was the first resident that I found as listed as living at a place actually named “Sunny Banks” on both the 1853 to 54 and 1855 to 56 Registers of Electors.


The Farm was unoccupied at the time of the 1861 census, and then occupied by Daniel and Mary Jones from the 1871 census all the way through to the 1911 census and presumably for a period beyond that.


We find on the 1889 and 1909 Registers of Electors that Daniel Jones was the owner occupier of “Sunnybanks”.


By 1922 (and again in 1929), the bountifully named Frederick and Isabella Large were the occupiers.