The Grist

A monastery once stood here, hence 'Grist', or 'Christ', but only the cross remains and to this day coffins are carried three times around it on the way to the 'upstreet' graveyards, following the monks' tradition. John Welsey is said to have preached here and in the 1940s (see pic) the home guard was here. The town weighbridge was situated outside the present ice cream shop; Cafe Culture was once the Rose & Crown pub; the houses next to it were once 4 cocklers cottages; and Castle Gifts was J.E. & M.O. Jones' grocer's shop in the 1960s. The Grist water pump was the nearest to Dylan Thomas' home in Eros, and he would often be seen collecting water wearing a dressing gown and smoking a badly-rolled cigarette. Caitlin, his wife, could roll them single-handed on her thigh.

The Grist 1920s


The Grist 1940s



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