Karen - you wrote:
"My father says he can't remember there being a man in the house
(possibly during the war) and he can remember one son. He and this boy
used to run out of the cottage down the field behind the cottage to the
cliff, and from the cliff look down on the railway sidings.
Does anybody know what the address for this cottage could be?"
This place would be Harbour Village which was built by the Great Western
Railway for its employees. I think this more or less confirms that you
are related to the Venables who lived on the other side of the road from
Immediately behind the Venables house was the bracken covered cliff
slope which dropped at an angle of about 1 in 5 for about 400 yards to
the top of the shear cliff and there was a path which led down to the
harbour which was used by the employees. My grandfather actually
collapsed while climbing up this path from work and he died soon
afterwards (this was in 1939 before I was born).
I, too, spent part of WWII in Harbour Village with my mother and brother
whilst my father was in the Royal Air Force. I was too young to remember
much about it, but perhaps your father and my brother, who would have
been 8 or 9 in 1944 knew each other as the Venables and my grandmother
were very close friends. I remember going to the Venables house in the
late 1940s and early 1950s. I think there was also a daughter called
The view from Harbour Village over Fishguard Bay is really very
impressive. You can see Dinas Head and all the hills rising up behind
Fishguard. When regattas are being held in the bay it is one of the best
I will try to contact Joyce in Goodwick to find out whether she
remembers your father.