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Newbridge photos

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Newbridge maps

Historic maps of Newbridge and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Newbridge maps

Newbridge area books

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Memories of Newbridge

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Wonderful Memories

I do remember the Grand and the Memorial cinema's where we had so much fun growing up.Watching wonderful movies sitting in the back row of the Grand and dancing and jiving to Terry Allens full band on Saturday night at the Memo it was all so wonderful and I have never forgotten those wonderful times. My father was the colliery manager at Newbridge .My name was then Joy Thomas I went to Tynewydd School when I was small but then to Hengoed Grammar.If anyone remembers me I would love to hear from you my E mail address is am now 76 years young and struggling to get to grips being a silver surfer.x

Newbridge as A Boy

I recall another Newbridge cinema called the 'Grand' on the way to the Grammar School, down by the river. What a smashing place it was, but it burnt down after a short while - maybe it had something to do with that new blockbuster 'Quo Vadis'. I also, and my wife-to-be attended Greenfield Secondary Modern in the mid 50's, and recently bumped into some of our favourite teachers from those days - Terry Pike and his wife Maureen. What teachers we had then, looking back I think they did a brilliant job, except when it came to having 'the dap', what a deterant that was to misbehaving. I remember the Memo well, and the New Years day mattinee where we all had 3d on the way out off Harold Jones (the terror with the torch) who kept the peace in the Memo for many years. What would he think of it today? I wonder if anyone knows how long it took to build the Memo and whether the restoration will... Read more

Old Times

Does anyone remember going to the pictures in the “Memo” run by Mr Jones? He always stood in the foyer. After queuing outside, up the slope, through the glass doors and straight in front was the shop, 3d for some “woodies” (woodbine cigarettes). We always sat down stairs at the back for 9d. and two films. I can also remember Mr Salisbury’s hardware shop which smelt wonderful. Looking at the photographs it brings it all back even going to Greenfield Secondary Modern. Really good to see the old buildings.


I was born in 1941 and can remember hiding under the stairs when the Germans were trying to bomb Crumlin Viaduct, and after the war the thrill of the park at the top of our street filling with strange people, large tents being erected and the aroma of strange and wonderful happenings. Widsor Park was now an erotic theatre of faraway places and strange animals, all at the top of the avenue, what a thrill to see elephants, tigers, lions and various other species in reality. Can anyone else remember these times?Clive Walker, Micheal Cooke, Ossy Lewis, Hadyn Persie, we all tried to get in for free in one way or another but to no avail. Fun times when the sun shone throughout the holidays and when the circus eventually left we had the the fairground with dodgems and carousels. Fun times that left the war forgotten in the tumultuous excitement of pleasure for a short period.Those days are long gone and I wonder if you can remember the name... Read more

Gwent memories

Jones Family

My great grandfather, Moses Jenkin Jones was born in Pentwynmawr 29/9/1863 - he was a miner. His father was James Jones (b.1836), mother Mary Jenkins (b.12/7/1837 d.1867) - they had 2 children. Moses came to Australia I think in 1883 by 'New Guinea' aged 21 and disembarked in Queensland, Australia either at Brisbane or Maryborough. He married Catherine Rosser (b.1866) Pentre, Glamorganshire. She came to Queensland I think in 1883. They had 3 children; Lillian Mary, Glynwr Rosser and Geoffrey Cynddylan (my grandfather), all born between 1889 and 1892. Sometime after 1892 Moses went to South Africa where he was murdered after discovering diamonds or gold. Catherine then married John Philip James and moved to the coal fields in the Hunter Valley near Newcastle, New South Wales and they had 3 children. I fleetingly visited Pentwynmawr when in Britain in 2007. I hope that someone reading this may be able to give me information on any members of the Jones family still in Wales. I have a lot... Read more

100 Year Old Mum

My mother just turned 100 October 6th. Her name is Brenda Preece (Walters) and was born in Brynhyfrydd 29 Hillside, Crumlin. My Nana once owned the grocery store opposite and the house was next to the church. Her first cousin was Iris Collier who owned the boot shop further up the hill. My memories were coming to stay with my nana during the summer from London and being so impressed with the Colliers having a car and them taking me to Blackwood to the movies.l They always owned a pair of Scottish Terriers. I used to hop on a bus and go to my Aunty Gwen's farm in Newbridge and climb up the winding roads to her place. Today there are all homes built. Went to Crumlin three years ago, shop in a rubble as is the church, motorway running at the bottom of the hill. I remember my mother going back in 1986 and my sister... Read more

Sidney George Moon

I am trying to trace my family's history and wondered if anyone can help. My Grandfather, Sidney George Moon lived at 114 Lewis Street according to the 1911 census. He worked down the Crumlin pit. He went on to father 12 children and my father Kenneth C. Moon was the youngest born in 1920 in Crumlin but they may have moved into Rectory Road by then. According to the 1911 census Sidney and his wife Florence already had 7 children living at home including a Sidney jnr. Father always talked of "crossing the branch" to go to school. Was this reference to the viaduct? We visited Crumlin this weekend. Is Lewis Street still the same houses but renovated that existed in 1911? My mother (Ken's wife) has some photos which may mean something now that we have been to Crumlin. Any help would be much appreciated Joy Johnson (nee Moon) e-mail

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