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

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I lived in 50 Cwmnyscoy with my grandparents at the early part of the war years. I went to Blaendare Road School with my sister, Pamela, who was three years older. We had come from Cardiff and as we lived near the aerodrome we had nightly air raids, so we went to live with our grandparents, James and Jane Ann Jones. I have such good memories of plum pudding field, long walks with my grandfather where we picked berries in the summer, mushrooms, watercress, and nuts in the autumn. The library was next door to their cottage, and I would sit on the bedroom wide windowledge and listen to the choir practicing. It was such a beautiful place to live, out of the fears of the air raids. The space where my grandparent's cottage was, which was one of three cottages, is now just a small parking area. We had no electricity, no running water and my sister and I would carry water from the spring at the back of... Read more

Pontypool Town Centre

I lived in Upper Bridge Street and remember a few of the shops in town, I think! On the corner of Upper Bridge Street and the Bell Pitch was Franketti's fish shop with an awesome Art Nouveau till and free chips if you took them newspapers for wrapping, and opposite was Cliff Powell's fruit & veg shop with Baggot's little corner shop further down. Walking down Lower Park Terrace from our house you passed the Working Men's Club where my dad was Sports & Social Secretary for many years, with Crane Street Station and the Wrington Arms opposite, later Jakey's ice-cream factory. Mr Lucas's coal yard on the High Street and just before the railway bridge a tiny dark stationer's shop. Top of Crane Street was the Three Cranes Hotel with the Globe Hotel opposite. Johnny Gould, a local successful ballroom dancer, had a tiny shop next door, and there was a menswear shop on the corner opposite top Fowlers - where money sailed overhead in little canisters on zip... Read more

Long Lost Bus Stop

Clarence Square c1955, Pontypool
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The bus is parked outside the Pontypool office of the "Red & White" bus company. Their head office was in Chepstow and they ran services across the whole of Monmouthshire as Gwent was then known. Buses for Newport, Usk, Chepstow, Abergavenny and Blackwood went from the Clarence. A glass canopy ran across the whole of the front of the building which included the Carlton cafe and the Free Press newspaper office. The large building behind the bus is the Clarence Hotel - the best hotel in Pontypool at that time. In the 60s and 70s it fell into disrepair but has recently been renovated as residential accommodation. On the left behind the tree was the home of Dr Siddons.

The Bottleneck

George Street c1960, Pontypool
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This view of Goerge Street was taken before the "bottleneck" was re-developed. The store in the right in the foreground was demolished and a new Tesco was built there in the early 1960s. The "bottleneck" was not wide enough for 2 vehicles to pass but was always thronged with shoppers on a Saturday when Pontypool was the major shopping centre in the area and had a first class rugby team. Ray Prosser, Malcolm Price and Benny Jones were local heroes. In George Street was an Italian cafe called Savinis (Jakes) that sold wonderful italian ice-cream. Further up the street on the right was "Sharpies", - Cyril Sharps. A tiny shop that sold all the things any young lad (and those not so young) could wish for - Rugby kit, Fishing rods, footballs, Air pistols, darts - oh everything. I believe that Cyril was actually a cobbler as he also sold leather.   

Penygarn 1954-1960

Clarence Square c1955, Pontypool
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My recollection is of my friends and me belonging to Penygarn Tabernacle Chapel for children's religious teachings. Every Sunday afternoon we all traipse across to the little house behind the chapel. There were only two rooms one downstairs for the younger children and one upstairs for the older children, in the cold weather there was always a roaring fire in the old blacken grates.

All the services in the big chapel was conducted by the Reverent Mr James, whom we all adored for at Christmas time, we all had to practise in the big chapel in front on the stage singing, Mr James a well built parson who gave is all, with perspiration dripping of his face and his shirt clammy with sweat, he was inspiring to watch him singing with such enthusiasm and encourage us all to raise our voices to the glory of god.

Christmas was a great event in Penygarn Tabernacle Chapel and so was the Easter Parade, where all the children... Read more

Its A Girl!

George Street c1960, Pontypool
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During the construction of Finefare my dad was general foreman. After 4 sons there was great excitement when he finally got a daughter. A banner was put up on the scaffolding saying, 'Its a Girl!' That baby girl was me, Kathryn Stundon.
Finefare is now the vacant Kwiksave store.

Gosh, My Birth Parents' House

Osborne Road c1965, Pontypool
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My birth parents lived in number 51 Osborne Rd, glad I found a picture of the rd.

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