Heathfield was built c1850. On 10th January 1884 Henry Edgar Davies, son of Henry & Margaretta Davies, possibly of Heathfield, died aged 6 months. On 20th February 1887 John Ivor Davies, the son of Henry & Margaretta Davies, possibly of Heathfield, died aged 8 months. In 1891 the following persons lived here: Margaretta Davies, 33, wife; Henry James Davies, 6, son; and Mabel Letitia Davies, 2, daughter. In 1901 the following persons lived here: Margaretta Davies, 42, wife; Henry James Davies, 16, son, fitter’s apprentice; Mabel Davies, 12, daughter; John Sidney Davies, 9, son; Annie May Davies, 6, daughter; and David Alun Davies, 4, son. All were bilingual and born in the parish. On 20th April 1901 David Alun Davies, the son of Henry & Margaretta Davies of Heathfield, died aged 4 years and 8 months. On 27th March 1905 Mabel Cecilia Davies of Heathfield died aged 17. In 1911 the following persons lived here: Henry Davies, 62, marine engineer (b. Llanelli); Margaret Davies, 52, his wife (b. St. Dogmaels); and Annie Mary Davies, 16, their daughter (b. St. Dogmaels). The household was bilingual. On 31st March 1912 Henry Davies of Heathfield died aged 71. On 23rd July 1914 Margaretta Davies, wife of Henry Davies, died aged 56. On 3rd May 1917 John Sydney Davies, son of the late Henry & Margaret Davies, was killed in action in France, aged 25. On 30th March 1919 Henry Davies, retired marine engineer of Heathfield, died aged 70. On 10th April 1919 the property was sold. It then comprised a 3-bedroom house with garden. The ground floor had two front rooms, kitchen, pantry, culm-house, wash-house and outhouses.
In 1920 John and Joseph Griffith Davies lived here. In 1921-25 David Jenkin Davies lived here and in 1921 Simon Davies lived here. On 16th August 1921 Joseph Davies of Heathfield was out in a boat when it sank, and he had to be rescued by the crew of another vessel. On 27th December 1921 Emlyn Thomas Davies of Llangyfelach married Miss Mary Ellen Davies of Heathfield. In August 1927 and October 1929 Heathfield was offered for sale again, with 2 bedrooms and a box room.
On 26th November 1935 Rachel Anne Trail of Heathfield, widow, died. In 1938-39 Anthony Trail and Mrs. Dorothy Trail lived here. In 1938-44 Dorothy Trail lived here. In 1951-53 Mr. Donald A. Nightingale lived at Heathfield. On 21st June 1953 Donald Nightingale of Heathfield died aged 74. A former chemist, he had come to live in St. Dogmaels in 1935. In March 1964 Mr. A. L. Trail, J. P., of Heathfield died. It became a listed building in 1993. In 2010 the property was advertised for sale.
In 1993 the property was described by CADW:
“…Circa 1850 detached house in brown squared rubble stone banded in blue with imitation slate roof and banded stone end wall stacks. Two storeys, double fronted with plate glass sash windows and painted stone voussoirs. Painted slate sills. Centre 6-panel door with overlight and similar painted voussoirs. Slate plinth. Outshut rear…”
Census Returns 1891; 1901; 1911
Sale Poster – Heathfield 1919
Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser 1914; 1917; 1919-21; 1927; 1929; 1938; 1951; 1953
Blaenywaun Chapel Annual Report 1938; 1939; 1944
Buildings of Architectural or Historic Interest – St. Dogmaels, Julian Orbach, CADW 1993
Monumental Inscriptions, Blaenwaun Chapel cemetery.
© Glen K Johnson 21/06/2013