Brislington Community Museum

Harry Jones

The only known postcard of Brislington by Harry Jones cites his address as 8 Windsor Road, Neath, which is northeast of Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales.

He was born in or around 1866 at Pontardawe, north of Swansea, the son of Evan. The 1891 census shows him living in Gold Street, Neath, with his wife Sarah (aged 22, from Pontrhydyfen, east of Neath). At this time Harry was known as Henry and, like his father, was a self-employed weaver. Evan (aged 56) was head of the household.

The 1901 census shows Harry and Sarah with their two children living in the same street as before. Harry was employed as a postman, and Evan, who was self-employed as a woollen weaver, lived with them.

In 1911 the census shows Harry and Sarah at 8 Windsor Road, Neath, with four children - who were all born in Neath - and a domestic servant. Harry worked from home as a self-employed photographer, amd Hannah, the oldest of the children (19), worked as his assistant.

On 12 May 1917 the Herald of Wales and Monmouthshire Recorder carried an advertisement with the headline: "Harry Jones, Photographer, 8, Windsor Road, Neath." It continued: "We beg to announce that the Business of the late Mr. Harry Jones is now being carried on as usual. We earnestly solicit the continuation of your kind support. Photographs taken at your Residence by Appointment. Children's Portraits a Speciality. Mrs. Harry Jones, Proprietress." (Page 4, column 1.)

Brislington postcard


Some notes

The photograph of the exterior of St Cuthbert's Mission Church (the precursor to the red brick church at the top of Sandy Park Road), shows the building that stood between Wick Crescent and what is now Allison Road. The version depicted is the earlier incarnation of the building that some refer to as a tin tabernacle, before it was enlarged.

Ken Taylor

We can't exhibit this postcard yet - we don't know anyone who owns a copy.