History around the area - North Cornelly
The History of New House Inn
The New House Inn had been in Mr David Edward's family for several generations until his retirement in October 2006. His grandmother previously inherited the pub and with no more Edwards' to take over inn, it changed hands to another family, albeit, to distant relatives as it would appear.
David and Rickey Edwards 1974 - 2006
Mr David Edwards and his wife Rickey (daughter of a pub landlord at the Corbett Arms in Nantymoel, Ogmore Valley) took over the running of the Inn in 1974, where David's mother, Mary Edwards, worked behind the bar almost until her death in March 2005.
Dave and Rickey have now retired and live in Sycamore Grange behind the New House itself - a grand house recently refurbished which was originally the family house of Glyn and Mary Edwards (Dave Edwards' parents).
The Inn itself was previously owned and run by Mr David Edward's parents, Glyn and Mary Edwards. Mary was from Cardiff and used to visit Cornelly for her holidays. It was during one of these holidays that she met Glyn Edwards living in the New House. They married in Cardiff before returning to the New House as landlord and landlady.
Prior to this Jack and Polly Edwards originally ran the establishment.
Originally the New House was bought by Mrs Polly Edward's grandfather and was leased to two licensees, Loveluck and Jenkins.
In it's early days the New House was a Malt House, brewing its own beer and at one time a butcher's shop operated from the corner section of the present day bar darts and television room.
The present day cellar alongside the Inn itself used to be a thatched cottage where Mr David Edward's grandmother used to live.
There used to be three pubs close to each other many years ago along this part of the old Cornelly road to Pyle - The Old House (now demolished on Broadlands Estate green), The Cornelly Arms and The New House Inn itself.
The New House Inn Website [ www.newhouseinn.co.uk ]
End of an Era - David Edwards Retirement
David Edwards, landlord of the New House Inn, North Cornelly retired from duties in October 2006. The end of an era has been reached as the New House Inn has been in David's family for several generations since his grandmother inherited the pub and with no more Edwards' to take over, the Inn changes hands to another family.
His grandmother, whose surname was Jones not an Edwards, brought her ten children with her to the New House Inn from Cefn Cribwr. One of those ten children was Glyn (David's father) who was the landlord prior to David for many years.
In the early days of the Inn, Glyn worked a night shift in some of the areas smaller collieries including Cribwr Fawr. There were three pubs in close proximity to each other in North Cornelly at this point in time, The Cornelly Arms, The Old House (Situated on opposite side of road to the Cornelly Arms where the crowds now gather for the Annual Gambo Race), and of course the New House Inn itself.
A Family Tradition
David's wife Rickey was also the daughter of a pub landlord at the Corbett Arms in Nantymoel, Ogmore Valley. David and Rickey met each other at a licenced victuallers' dinner at the Esplanade Hotel, Porthcawl. They took over the New House in 1974 where David's mother, Mary Edwards, worked behind the bar almost until her death in March 2005.
Mary Edwards was from Cardiff and used to visit Cornelly for her holidays. It was during one of these holidays that she met Glyn Edwards living in the New House. They married in Cardiff before returning to the New House as landlord and landlady.
David and Rickey have a son Mark and a daughter Kelly, neither of which are in the pub trade. Their retirement will be spent in the family house next door to the New House Inn, Sycamore Grange - a grand house recently refurbished which was originally the family house of Glyn and Mary Edwards. The end of an era for our community has been attained, we wish both David and Rickey well for the future.
Beginning of a New Era
The New House Inn is being taken over by two local people who have a passion for the community and we also wish them well in their new venture. Anthony and Emily Wilkinson will become the new landlord and landlady of the New House Inn. Emily, a schoolteacher is the daughter of Jane and Ken Hampton of Maudlam while her husband, Anthony has run his own local business for many years within the building trade.
It has lately come to light through a family tree research project that the new landlord of the New House Inn, Anthony Wilkinson is a distant cousin of David Edwards through the Jones family of Cefn Cribwr - Maybe this is fate or just pure coincidence, never the less, we wish both Anthony and Emily a long and prosperous journey with their new venture as landlord & landlady of the New House Inn.
The History of The New House Inn
The history of the New House Inn will appear here in the near future.
Personal Well Wishes - Webmaster
New House Inn viewed from lane that was once the main road from North Cornelly to Pyle
During the mid 1980's I had the opportunity to be employed as a part time bar person at the New House Inn where I worked for 3½ years. During this period of employment I was fortunate enough not only to learn people and communication skills together with that of the pub trade, but more so of a family who were then and have subsequently been regarded as second parents by myself in many more ways than one - this is in addition to being firm but fair and generous employers in the main. Since departing work at the pub I have continued to frequent the New House on a regular basis and hold some fantastic memories of a pub which is well respected and truely can be viewed as 'The Village Pub' not only due to its central position in North Cornelly, but more so due to its warmth and hospitality to locals and strangers alike.
I hold many cherished moments of the New House, far too many to list here, however, during my employment at the pub there is a special place for the 2 hours worked on a Sunday lunchtime (3 hours including clearing up afterwards) where the pub was literally electric with fun, entertainment and the usual banter associated with pub life. Sadly now gone forever with the introduction of new licencing laws as opposed to the 12 noon - 2pm opening times back in the 1980's. There were no Sunday lunches served at the New House then, as now, only the occational one brought in to the bar by a disgruntled wife who slammed the dinner plate onto the bar and exclaimed, 'Here's your dinner luv' to a huge cheer and round of applause by all who were present. Impromtu songs and entertainment using pieces of household furniture along with pub ornaments will last an eternity in my own personal life along with true pub characters, the list of which is again is far too long to mention.
Kenfig.org Local Community Group
David Edwards is the treasurer of Kenfig.org local community group and without his initial and ongoing support to this online project we may never have materialised in the first instance. Throughout the years of my acquaintance with David he has always been a confidant within the local community and where appropriate has always helped individuals and/or local groups within his capacity or at least pointed one in the right direction if he was unable to help personally. On this note, as Chair of Kenfig.org Local Community Group, it gives me enormous personal pleasure in wishing both a member of my team and a personal friend a very happy and enjoyable retirement.
Rob Bowen (Chair/Webmaster - Kenfig.org Local Community Group)