Welcome to my website



Welcome to my website where you will find details of my work. There are  links to pages about each of my local history volumes, which will open in a new window.

If you would like to  buy any of my  books then go to the How to Buy Page in the menu or click here and the page will open in a new window.

All my books have their own pages on this website  where you can discover more about them. You can order copies from me for immediate dispatch.  I will sign books or dedicate them, as you wish.

Please note – you can pay using either Paypal or credit and debit cards.

Click here to go straight to the How to Buy Page

Please note –  there is also a special offer on Stories in Welsh Stone. We have reduced the price to £9.00 (inc p&p)  Just go to the How To Buy Page.

These are links which will take you to the specific page for each of my titles. Each of them should open in a new window.
I have stock available for sale of all my books listed here.

In Knives We Trust 

Swansea in 50 Buildings

50 Gems of Mid Wales

50 Gems of South West Wales

Stores in Welsh Stone – The secrets beneath 15 Welsh Graves  

Swansea in the Fifties 

A-Z of Swansea   

You can order a copy of any of these titles directly from me on the How to Buy Page using Paypal. We have a 100% success rate on all deliveries, home and overseas.

A brief moment of relaxation in the packing department
A brief moment of relaxation in the packing department

There is a News section and The Blog  is where I reflect occasionally on my researches into the past and where I include odd or unusual stories.

There is a section called Shorter Tales, where there are complete stories which are generally too short for publication, based usually on interesting gravestones. Here you can find the stories of Hedd Wyn and Robert Everett, which have always proved to be popular pages.

If you want some entertaining information about graves and The Resurrectionists then click here. You will be taken to a page where you can also read a fine short story by the American writer Ambrose Bierce. The page will open in a new window.

There is also a page about my work on Dyspraxia.

You can contact me at any time . I am always pleased to hear from you.

If I have got anything wrong or you have additional information concerning any of the stories I have written about then please get in touch. It is important that we preserve these parts of our past before it is too late.

Click here to find a list of the graves I have written about in Welsh Country Magazine.

Ben Evans


  1. Hello Geoff

    Your book has interested us greatly regarding Henry Tremble and the murder of Judge John Johnes. I believe Henry left a suicide note – is this available for public viewing? If not do you know the wording of the note?

    Many thanks

      1. Hi Geoff. Have recently become aware of you and will seek out your books with interest. You first came to light via a Wales on Line article.
        Could you please explain the accompanying picture of a couple in period dress on a pony and trap “alongside Swansea High St Station’

  2. Geoff
    Jenny bought me a copy of your book and i think it is brilliant!!
    I cant put it down
    Well done you!!
    Looking forward to the next one

  3. Dear Geoff,
    Do you know much about Morfydd Owen & Ernest Jones – it looks suspicious to me!

    Best wishes,


    1. Thank you for your message Richard. I have not researched poor Morfydd’s death, though I know that she is buried in Oystermouth Cemetery. I think any investigation of her death would require someone with much more medical knowledge than I possess!
      Best wishes

  4. I don’t know if you can help but I’m looking for the name of the owner of the flannel mill at Llewitha,Garngoch. 1800 to 1900. My mother said he was my great grandfather. I keep hitting brick walls. After reading your book Bloody Welsh History. Swansea, you mentioned Llewitha in the book about the well. I was brought up in Fforestfach and spent a lot of time down Garngoch as one of my aunties lived there . I lived just up the road and the family were known as The Garngochs.First I’ve heard of the well to. Any help,would be appreciated. Im 75 now and diasabled,all the family are gone. My grandparents were Hannah and David John Williams. They had eleven children eight boys and three girls . My mother was the youngest. Thank you. Ann.

    1. In google type in Mr David Simons Llewitha 1900 and click on the obituary it’s the information you need

      1. Thank you for this. I have previously sent this reference to Ann Obrien. The Welsh newspaper archive is such a fascinating thing – and we are so lucky that it is freely available!
        Best wishes

    2. Hello Ann
      My mothers family owned the flannel mill in Llewitha my mother was Margaret Simons, she used to live in Carmarthen Road near The Star pub. Her father was Trevor Simons married to Myrtle. Her family had that mill and the son think he was about 3 drowned in the mill. Then they shut it down it was near to where that big bungalow is.
      I went to the archives in the county hall a few years ago and researched it, I found his death certificate was going to do a family tree.
      I did write a few names down but it got quite confusing as there’s a lot of David Simons they must have carried that name all the way through.
      There are two grave stones at the entrance to the church yard by crush the wedding shop near Tesco it mentions there about llewitha factory on the grave.
      Hope this is of some help.

  5. Geoff,
    I very much enjoyed your book Swansea in the 1950s. It was my decade, I was born in1951 although I didn’t really get to know the town until the ‘60s.
    Can I correct your statement (pp 32 and 34) that David Evans was built on the site of Ben Evans. It was built on the site of David Evans! I have a copy of the company’s commemorative booklet published to celebrate the opening of the new store.
    I understand from the excellent gowerhiddenhistory.blogspot. that Ben Evans had been on what is now Castle Gardens. I remember as being spread across two or three premises in Walter Road, interesting that David Evans rebuilt whilst Ben Evans, at one time ‘The Harrods of West Wales’ just petered out.
    I thought it was a great shame when David Evans was demolishes, it was one of post-war Swansea’s more distinguished buildings.

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