Brynmawr, Semtex Factory c.1965

Brynmawr, Semtex Factory c.1965

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Memories of Brynmawr

'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

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


Brynmawr. Although I've lived away from here for nigh on 40 years, I still regard this place as home. I was, and although thankfully grown up now, always regarded as a bit of a black sheep. Lived originally on the new houses, 5 ...Read full memory

A memory of Brynmawr by Colin Bennett

My Hometown

Brynmawr is a quiet little town on the edge of the valley roads. These photos bring back memories of all the hills I climbed, picnics on the mountain, paddling in the pond across from our house in Warwick Road. Snow 6ft deep in ...Read full memory

A memory of Brynmawr by Jackie Haynes

This photo is available to buy in a range of sizes and styles, including framed and on canvas.


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