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Sunny Bank Farm

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  I found listed as living at a place named “Sunny Banks” on the 1852-53, 1853-54 and 1855-56 Registers of Electors.

The Farm was unoccupied at the time of the 1861 census, and then occupied by Daniel and Mary Jones from the around 1871 to 1911 and probably beyond.

At some point between 1911 and 1922, the bountifully named Frederick and Isabella Large moved in. They were still there at the outbreak of WW2..

I don’t know a huge amount about the residents of Sunny Bank Farmhouse yet. Those who moved there tended to stay for the medium to long term, with the exception of John Jones (from the 1852-53 through to the 1855-56 Registers of Electors), who is little more than a name to me … there was a John Jones living at “Pare Tree Cottage”  on the 1861 census, which was in the same general area as “Sunny Banks” - this COULD be “Sunny Bank” although I don’t think it was since “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 on 19th May 1859 to Mary Jones (a rare marriage where the wife did not need to change her maiden name!). Mary had been born at Llangibby cir 1831.

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. Daniel and Mary only had one child, a son named Thomas to my knowledge. Sadly Thomas died in June 1881 and was buried on 16th June 1881 at Llanddewi Fach Churchyard.

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

Daniel re-married on 4th August 1896 at Usk Parish. 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 to 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. They were still there in 1939 according to the National Register taken at the outbreak of World War 2. The Register tells us Frederick was born on 23rd May 1872 and was a retired Railway Shunter. Isabella was born on the 8th April 1875 and was an “Unpaid domestic”.

Census records

186118711881189119011911, 1939.

Registers of Electors

1852-53, through to 1855-56 – John Jones.

1874 through to 1909 – Daniel Jones

1922 and 1929 – Frederick and Isabella Large.