National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
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Trebettyn - hens, dog and straw
The Iles family enjoy the good life at Trebettyn farm in Cowbridge, having moved out of the city – Cardiff – to pastures greener.
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Seeking the good life, the Iles family moved from Cardiff to a farm near Cowbridge just before Christmas 1948. At ‘Trebettyn’ the Iles girls can indulge their passion for ponies and, as seen here, there is plenty of space for the hens that were previously confined to the back garden at ‘Branksome’, 181 Heathwood Road. A collie dog is also in residence as well as, it appears, a straw man!
Reginald George Iles worked in the Bonus Department of Imperial Tobacco in Cardiff but outside of work filmed local shows for The South Wales and Monmouthire Agricultural and Horse Shows Association, of which he was a founder member. He would screen the films in Cardiff (e.g. at the Park Hotel) and elsewhere in the area during the winter months. His two daughters were keen horse-riders and both became horse breeders.