Watkin William Price

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Watkin William Price, usually referred to as W. W. Price (4 September 1873 31 December 1967) was a notable local historian, schoolmaster and political activist at Aberdare, South Wales. [1]

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Early life

Price was born on 4 September 1873 at 261 Cardiff Road, Aberaman, the son of Watkin and Sarah Price. [1] His Welsh-speaking parents had moved to the area from Breconshire. [1] He attended Blaengwawr Elementary School and after leaving formal education found work at the offices of Tarian y Gweithiwr, the Welsh language weekly newspaper published at Aberdare. He became a pupil teacher at local schools before enrolling as a student at University College Cardiff in 1895. [1]

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Teaching career

After three years teaching in Cardiff, he returned to the Aberdare area. He was successively appointed as headmaster of Llwydcoed (1912), Cap Coch (1921) and Blaengwawr (1924) schools; he retired from teaching in 1933. [1]

Local historian

Price spent many years researching local history, an interest that began with preparing an essay for the national eisteddfod in 1920. [1] His work remains of value to historians today and his manuscripts are kept at the National Library of Wales.

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Personal life

He married Margaret Williams in 1901 and they had four sons and one daughter. [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Davies, David Leslie. "Watkin William Price". Dictionary of Welsh Biography. Retrieved 11 June 2016.