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Memories of Gwent
My grandfather was a miner in the South Celynen. He started off at the age of 13 and was made redundant when the mines closed! But what's more interesting about him was that he had two hobbies. 1. was the love for repairing old clocks and watches and 2. and the more interesting to me, was his love of walking. My mother would take me & brother down to visit every other Saturday where we would go walking what ever the weather & today we still walk some of the paths he use to take us. But it wasn't until he passed away that we discovered a local councillor would pay him 1/2 crown to keep the paths open. I remember him removing the overgrowth as we walked and even moving fences when the farmer had blocked a path! As far as I am aware my great grandparents were born in the valley (Cwmcarn) so were my grandparents; so were my parents and so was I. I remember quite a... Read more
Growing up in Abercarn
Memories of walking to school, which was then West End Junior School, sited above the west end of Abercarn. Walking from Mount Pleasant, through Richard Thomas & Baldwin's Office yard, past Williams's stores, under the railway bridge, over the River Ebbw bridge and past the Fire Station brought me into the West End.
There I passed The Crown Hotel, The Railway Station and into the shopping area.
The shops consisted of two butchers, three general stores, hardware shop and a milleners. Also in the West End were the Nant Pennar Club and two very productive bakeries. What a busy community this must have been!
I can remember the early morning noise and smells coming from one of the bakeries, sited behind No 18 Llanover Street, my garndparent's home for many years.
I can remember playing at the Top Tinworks and "helping" my great uncle carry out his patrol duties as night watchman for the tin works. His torch was "the best I've ever seen!" and I was the envy of... Read more
My grandparents lived in Llanover Street and I spent nearly all my holidays with them in Abercarn. Reading peoples' own recollections certainly brings back many vivid memories, which I can clearly picture 30+ years later. There are certainly big empty spaces where the Top Works and Celynen South once stood.
I used to spend my holidays with my grandfather who used to live in a area of Abercarn called 'The Ranks'
Remember The Ranks very well. Lots of my friends lived there. Tony Howells, Ian Davies(Pooky), Tony Randall, Spikey Iles, Jock Ilse and their sisters. I remember the Davey family and many others. Most vivid memory is running the streets of The Ranks on washing days. Every street had washing lines stretched between the houses and all were full on washing days.
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