Newcastle Hill-Bridgend
Newcastle Hill and St. Illtyd`s Church
In his Will of 1877 William Lewis of Bridgend "gave and demised the tenement opposite the entrance to Newcastle Church Yard and used as School Rooms .. unto Catherine Elizabeth Leach .. the daughter of Dinah Leach". Trade Directories show that Catherine and her sister Jennie ran the "Young Ladies School, Ivy House, Newcastle Hill, Bridgend" until at least 1926. In her Will of 1942 (she died 24/2/1945) Catherine left the schoolrooms to her niece Constance Freda Leach. In 1946 Constance (of 35 West Road, Bridgend) sold the schoolrooms to the Apostolic Church
 When she made her Will in 1942 Catherine Leach was living at 37 Newcastle Hill. This is the white house shown here and is the next house down the hill from Ivy House School.
The house centre picture is number 44 Newcastle Hill; the sign indicates that it is now owned by a potter. In 1881 and 1891 Catherine Leach` mother Dinah and her family are living there.  
Newcastle Church - St. Illtyd`s
Dinah Leach (died 1891) is buried here but I have not found her grave. Her son Burleigh St. Leger Leach who died 4th August 1889 is buried in the area of the churchyard behind the church; buried with him are his niece Eleanor Dinah Kelsey and another probable niece Gwenllian Kennett Palmer - the gravestone describes her as " formerly China Island Missionary for many years and late Church sister at St. mary`s Longfleet Poole".

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