FROM the Archive this week features an extremely rare photograph of Mike and Mary's cottage, in Merthyr Dyfan, in Barry.

It was taken around 1905 with the parish church in the background.

This little thatched cottage was occupied by two old Irish folk, Michael and Mary Sullivan who were from Cork in Ireland.

Michael's occupation was a grave digger at Merthyr Dyfan church, in Barry.

Th two old Irish folk sometimes used this little cottage as an illegal drinking house.

Fragments of clay pipes have been found on the site of the cottage which was destroyed by fire in 1911.

The ruins were demolished in 1912 as was the low stone wall with a stile at one end which led to Merthyr Dyfan church and a cluster of thatched cottages at the Colcot, one of which was Old Dick the poachers cottage - now part of the Colcot Arms.

The Barry & District News would like to thank Gareth Tyley for the photograph and information.

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