A History of Halfway and Pemberton (2006)
by Historian, Author and Llanelli Community Heritage Advisory Panel member, Byron Davies
My family's association with the neighbouring communities of Halfway and Pemberton goes back to at least 1861, for in that year the census reveals that my great great-grandfather, Thomas Law, a miner, was living at Halfway with his wife, Jane, and their five children. He was born in the parish of Pembrey in 1819, a descendant of a Scottish mariner, so my grandmother, Margretta nee Law, often told me.
I am the only direct descendant of Thomas Law still living in the area and, as such, this research goes some way to satisfy my curiosity and interest in how the family and the community evolved. It has given me a deeper insight into people, places and events that were just part of folklore and conversation topics of my impressionable years.
The district lies nearby the village of Dafen, the subject of my previous study, which also holds a strong family connection, and therefore this current research has a natural geographical and demographic continuity with that village. This chronicle encompasses the districts of Halfway and Pemberton (Carnhywel) situated about a mile east of Llanelli on the old Swansea road. The boundaries of which I've taken as extending from Llygad yr Ych House near Havard Road to the Smith Arms on Gelli Road, and just beyond the White Lion public house on the Swansea road. The research traces the growth of the district from its rural beginnings in the mid-18th century up to an urban community of the 1960s.
Halfway and Pemberton by Byron Davies is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.