My family were originally from Fife in Scotland. My parents (William Rhind and Caroline Carey) married in Edmonton 1926 and came to Laindon a few years later. We lived in ‘Betws-y-Coed’, Pound Lane, Laindon. I was born in 1934 and went to Laindon Park School when Miss Donaldson was the headmistress and then on to Laindon High Road School. The first photo is of my mum holding me at the gate behind St Nicholas Church.
This second photo was taken outside Betws-y-Coed in Pound Lane. I am in the cart with my grandparents, my brother Robert is at the front of the horse.
The third photo is of my mum and I with the land girls and two POWs who were working on a farm in the Barleylands area, it may have been French’s farm.
Below is an OS map from the 1949 survey showing the position of Betws-y-Coed which is plot No. 59. (Click on pictures to enlarge the images).