A FAMILY OF BUTCHERS SPANNING FIVE GENERATIONS
Within the branches of the family tree, the Eynon’s can trace an association with butchery as far back as 1860. In those far distant days, it was the practice in rural areas for farmers or those with small holdings to also sell meat in their locality.
The first example of an Eynon’s retail shop in St.Clears evolved at the turn of the last century. It was a modest venture as the trading environment in a small Welsh market town dictated. James Decimus Eynon, the tenth child in his family, my great-great-grandfather, became the first shopkeeper in the family.
There simply was not enough work within his business for his children to assist him or to develop the business, during a time when the first Great War had a significant impact on the economy of the day. My great-grandfather Carl Eynon left the area and moved to one of the great Welsh mining valleys and began working for the Cooperative Society as a butcher.
During this time in the village called Blaengwynfi, my grandfather was born, Edward George Eynon on 1st February 1925. My grandfather attended the local primary school, and during the formative years of his life, experienced the harsh realities of life in a small mining community. These were very difficult times for the family and although they had a small home of their own, the lifestyle was basic and my grandfather’s first pair of shoes came by way of charitable donation. Humble beginnings indeed but the family involvement with the meat trade continued although in the employment of another company.
The growth of St.Clears during this time persuaded the family that a move back to St.Clears was realistic, and a small shop and property became available for rent in the village and my great-grandfather moved his family back to West Wales.