William Lewis Berryman
William Lewis was the son of Matthew
and Margaret Berryman, and was born in the hamlet of Cefn
Coed (Cefn-Coed-Y-Cymmer) in the parish of Vaynor near Merthyr
Tydfil, South Wales in about 1866. He had eight brothers and sisters; they
||1860, Cefn Coed
||About 1862, Cefn Coed
||Jun 1941, Golders Green, London
||11 May 1869, Cefn Coed
||16 Sep 1934, Perth, W. Australia
||30 Nov 1871, Cefn Coed
||14 Jan 1968
||1874, Cefn Coed
||About 1879, Cefn Coed
||2 Apr 1960, Victoria, B.C. Canada
||About 1879, Llandulio
- In the 1881 Census, William was described as: "Draper's assistant (14
yrs) for (and living with) David Thomas of "The Shop", Bute
- In the 1891 Census, it was: "194/195 High Street, Cefn Coed, Vaynor
(House & Shop)".
- In the 1901 and 1906 Kelly's Trade Directories: "Drapers: Berryman
W.L. High Street, Cefn-Coed, Merthyr Tydfil"
- Apparently, he later owned the Emblem Stores, 62 High Street, with carts
to carry goods for roadmakers on Brecon turnpyke road.
- Although a verger of the local church, he was not particularly religious.
He was described by his grandson, Neville ("Nick") Berryman in his
book "In the Nick of Time" as
"My Grandfather was a man of medium-to-short
build and, at the age of sixty, showed physical signs of always having
been well fed and watered; although watered
is probably the wrong word, unless he drank a lot of it together with
something he obviously preferred. He was known to enjoy his whisky, a
habit which my grandmother obviously abhorred, being teetotal and a
devout church-goer. Grandfather's ample stomach always supported a
waistcoat adorned with a large gold watch-chain. He, I think, was dogged
by a bit of bad luck, or it could have been judgement, in his business
life. Described on my father's Birth Certificate as a 'Draper', he ended
his days selling Axminster carpet. Quite a good business I suppose, as
most homes at the time were furnished with yards of cold shiny lino, and
grandma, who always had the best and was somewhat indulged by the whole
family, would not have liked too much lino.
Earlier in his days, grandpa had been in business for himself and at
one time had seven ponies and traps for travelling sales in Merthyr and
the surrounding villages
which, in the 1900s, were deeply rooted in coal mining. From what has
been said, his parting from this occupation was due to his over-trusting
nature, the main problem having been a relative of his believed to have
been a cousin. However, all was not lost, and before long he appears as
the owner of a shop in Merthyr High Street (a photograph of which is
still in existence) and another in the outlying 'Cefn' district of
Merthyr. The building was at 193 High Street, Cefn Vaynor, Brecon, and
was still there in 1989."
Here is a photo of William Lewis' shop in Cefn Coed High Street "then &
now"; it is now the Post Office. Click on it to see a larger version.
In 1890, William married Emily Kate Hand, the daughter of the local police
sergeant, Henry James Hand, who went on to become the Deputy Chief Constable of
Breconshire. Henry Hand and WL's father, Matthew had previously been neighbours
in Brecon. Having initially lived over the shop, they later moved to 10 Norman
Terrace, Merthyr Tydfil.
Here are two articles written after William Lewis' death. The
first is from the magazine of the United Kingdom Commercial Travellers’
Mr. W. L. BERRYMAN (Merthyr).
The Merthyr Branch has again suffered a serious loss, through the
death of Mr. W. L. Berryman, Hon. Treasurer of the Branch for the past
14 years, who passed away at the age of 68. Mr. Berryman was taken ill
on 12 December with cerebral thrombosis and mitral disease, and finally
succumbed on January 3rd. Ever since joining the Branch, in
1916, the deceased gentleman has been an example of loyalty and
enthusiasm for all that the Association stood for, so much for so that
he became Branch Chairman in 1919 and shortly afterwards was appointed
Branch Treasurer. His manner of safeguarding the finances of the Branch
has been distinguished by efficiency and reliability throughout, while
his yearly rendition of accounts was marked by the accuracy and care
with which they had been kept. Always a regular attendant at all Branch
meetings and functions, his was a life of whole-hearted service to his
fellow members, and his kindly and genial personality is one that will
be very sadly missed. He leaves a widow, three sons and three daughters,
From The Merthyr Express -12 January, 1935:
"LATE MR.W. L. BERRYMAN
The funeral of Mr. W. L Berryman, of 10, Norman-terrace, Merthyr, who
died on the 3rd inst., after a short illness, in his 68th year, took
place on Monday at Cefn Cemetery.
Mr. Berryman, who was a draper, was for 14 years treasurer of the
Merthyr branch of the United Kingdom Commercial Travellers' Association,
and was a staunch member of Cyfarthfa Church. A short service was held
at Christ Church, Cyfarthfa, after which the cortege proceeded to the
cemetery. The vicar of Cyfarthfa (Rev. E. H. Robinson-Hughes), the
Rector of Merthyr (Rev. J. Richards-Pugh), and the Curate of Cyfarthfa
The mourners were: Mr. R. Berryman (Barclays Bank, Chelsea), Mr. C.
Berryman (Inland Revenue, Pontypool) and Mr. W.M. Berryman (estate
agent), sons; Mr. E. Berryrnan, auctioneer (brother); Mr. H. French,
Bristol (son-in-law), Mr. John Berryman (grandson), and Mr. W. Betts
Others present included: Mr. T. Goldsworthy, Reading; Mr. Howard-
Davies, Cardiff ; Mr. Gaily, Gwaelodygarth, Mr. Bagley, Norman-terrace,
Messrs. T. D. Jones, Pentwyn Villas; Jarrett Williams (Morlais
Buildings); T. C. Price (chairman) and A. Roberts (sec., .K.C,T,A); Dan
Rees, Tudor-terrace; Harris Jones, Hanover-street; Samuel Davies,
Avenue; H M. Lloyd chemist; Besley, Norman-terrace; Benj. Jones,
Carmarthen; George Daniel, Dane Villas; E. J. Powell, Cefn; T. B. John,
Brunswick-street; F. Bevan, Ardwyn; J. John, grocer; L C. Lloyd, Cefn;
H. E. Fine, The Walk; Sidney Williams, Park-crescent; — Williams,
Barclays Bank; — Livesey, Abercynon; O. Riddle, Norman-terrace; T. W.
Lewis. solicitor; — Pembridge, Cefn; P. R. Williams, Meyrick Villas;
Harry Thomas, Meyrick Villas; and Ld. Thomas, Norman-terrace.
The bearers were Mr. A. Roberts, Mr. Bagley, Mr. T. C. Price and Mr.
L. C. Lloyd.
Wreaths were received from: His sorrowing wife; The Three Girls; Reg.
and family, Cyril and family; Willie and family; Eddie and Winnie;
Bertha and family, Neath; Minnie, Harry and Eunice, Warrington; Leah,
Willie and Bob, London; Gordon, Theo. and Herbert; Ethel and Robert,
Finchley; Eva and Harry, Hendon; Nanny, Phyllis and Sid, Neath; George
and Winnie, Neath; Kit and Ralph Livesey, Norfolk; Messrs. William
O'Neill, carpet manufacturers, London; Merthyr Branch U.K.C.T.A.; Staff
of Barclays Bank; Mr & Mrs T.D. Jones; Mrs E.M. Williams, Brecon; Mr
& Mrs Bagley and Son: Mr & Mrs Pembridge; Miss Bailey; Mr &
Mrs J. O. Thomas; Mr & Mrs W. Ll Thomas; Mr & Mrs J. E. Orpen;
Mr V. Harris Jones; Mr & Mrs Price and Nancy.
The undertaker was Mr. J.D. Jones, Brecon-road.
The bereaved widow and family very gratefully
acknowledge the beautiful floral tributes. "