Opening of Ind Mus HRH

Remembering Kidwelly Tinplate

Waiting in the Hot Rolls for Prince Charles

The photo above shows a number of the ex-tinplate workers meeting Prince Charles. This photo has been brought to the museum by the son of one of the gentleman sat on the bench.

Found on the internet about an individual and his connection to the tinplate:

Capt. Francis Randell: (1772-1839) He was christened in Clovelly on 29th Nov 1772, as son of Thomas Rendle, and married Rebecca Thomas on 17 January 1797, at Kidwelly. His fellow bondsman was a Robert Ashton, Mariner, of Clovelly, Devon.
“A lease agreement exists, dated 23 November 1802, between “John Vaughan of Golden Grove in the County of Carmarthen and Francis Randall of the Town of Kidwelly in the County of Carmarthen, Mariner” of a “dwelling house and garden in Cawsey St otherwise Bridge St in the said Town of Kidwelly “. During 1803-1808 Francis Randell was Master of MARY of Llanelly, a 53 tons brigantine, which was a Prize from the French. This ship was owned by Hazelwood, Hathaway and Perkins, proprietors of Kidwelly Tinplate Works. The vessel would have carried tinplate, pig iron, coal, bar iron, in the coastal trade.”

For more information about the Radalls and the and to find this http://homepages.cs.ncl.ac.uk/brian.randell/Genealogy/Carmarthen.html