Brynmawr, Semtex Factory c.1965

Brynmawr, Semtex Factory c.1965

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Memories of Brynmawr

A Deakin Sons

I'd love to hear anyone's memories of the Deakin fairground family based at Alma Street at Brynmawr. I am currently researching for a forthcoming book on the history of the family. Any information/memories/stories/photos would ...Read full memory

A memory of Brynmawr by Bill Treen

'Up The Baths'

I remember being 'taught to swim' here, by the teachers at the board school. We were stood at the poolside, only up to the black line, then summarily being to "Jump!". If that failed, we were helped in by the boot of 'Danny' ...Read full memory

A memory of Brynmawr by Michael Evans

Hometown

It's not an actual memory, but my grandad, Tom Gurney, used to fetch me from the nursery, put me on his shoulders and take back to the house up at Heol Isaf. I have many fond memories from home, I was a bit of a rat bag when younger, ...Read full memory

A memory of Brynmawr by Simon Johannis

Happy Days

My father (Howard Case) worked on the Vinyl section and was a union rep. His boss was Tom Bailey and the clerks were Betty Powell and Sue. I worked in the Post Room for approx 18 months with Maisie Jones and then transferred to the ...Read full memory

A memory of Brynmawr by Alison Case

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History

This rubber factory was built between 1947 and 1953; it was thought to be a visionary building, not least for its roof made up of nine rectangular domes with windows on each of their sides. It is a sad fact that the site became derelict after the factory shut in the early 1980s. Despite a campaign to preserve it, the last phase of its demolition began in 2001.

This is an excerpt from Around Alton Photographic Memories, by Tony Cross/Jane Hurst/Martin Morris

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