At the turn of the twentieth century Susan GILES  1852-
Susan always kept two pigs one for the family and one to sell. One day Edward put his sickle down on the roof of the sty. It slide off cutting the back of one of the squealers quite deeply. Susan calmly took up her sewing kit and stitched the wound then rubbed it liberally with Zambuk. Zambuck was a patent cure all cream but it stank strongly. Susan declared that this was the pig they would eventually sell least the meat be tainted and not so tasty.
In her book Lark Rise to Candle ford Flora Thompson tells of the same practice of keeping a pig in her Oxfordshire village telling how nothing of the animal was wasted and how its slaughter was treated as a village entertainment.
Frederick Thomas McMULLIN told us that his mother in law Jane DEMENT nee DAVIES  had also kept pigs while living at Fronwen Row in Ogmore Vale. She used the money prudently saved from this endeavour to have Oakfield Villa, Dunraven Terrace built.
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Emily JOHNSON nee MARSHALL  1891-
Emily was Susan Giles’ 10th child, grand daughter of Eliza Allen.
Emily aged 21 years pictured in 1912