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Pontygof maps

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

Pontygof photos

We have no photos of Pontygof, although we do have photos of these nearby places:

Ebbw Vale| Nantyglo| Brynmawr| Tredegar| Waunlwyd| Cwm| Rhymney| Clydach| Cwmtillery| Abertillery| Blaenavon| Llangattock| Markham| Six Bells| Gilwern| Aberbeeg| Glangrwyney| Llangynidr| Crickhowell| Aberbargoed| Govilon| Llanhilleth| Garndiffaith| Abersychan

Pontygof area books

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Memories of Pontygof

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My School Days at Pontygof Commenced 1950

Hey, it was the beginning of my learning on the journey of life, my gorgeous mum Rosie took me to Pontygof Infants in 1950, I remember looking over the wall as she walked away crying, I will never forget that, my dear mum. 7, Colliers Row boy born and bred. I remember Joe Richards, headmaster in  Pontygof Primary, mixed feeling about him, he was a genius with the cane but hey it hurt at times but done no harm. Mr Jones, maths teacher, he called me the wizard because I was quite good at maths, but hey at the time poverty curtailed my learning, but hey I ain't done too bad in life... Robert Wilson from family of 8, 6 boys and 2 girls, great upbringing even though POOR. love Rob

Gwent memories

My Home From 1947 - 1969

The Village c1960, Newtown
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I was born here in Newton Green and lived in the house just visible on the left - the last one. It was called Cotswold. The village shop was run by Mark Wilson and that could be him in the photograph, tinkering with the car - he did anything for anybody and was a much loved character until he died unexpectedly. Opposite the shop was the village green which was also the 9 hole golf course where we grew up and played. My friends and I used to ride our bikes in and out of the dotted lines on the road racing cars and causing mild mayhem. Myself and two other boys managed to set fire to the golf course one summer, burning a large proportion of the gorse bushes!
It was a normal event to be cut off by snow for a few days each year when all the village would be out on the green and the frozen ponds and on one memorable day even the vicar... Read more

My Home 1960-1971

The Village c1960, Newtown
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I was born in St Leonards Hospital, Sudbury and lived at 2, Assington Road, Newton Green which was then a council house with no sanitation until the mid 60's when a bath, flush toilet and an extension was put on. My Grandparents lived across the road at 10 Airey Houses (now demolished) and I went to Assington Primary School. I can remember the village shop as it was in the photo. In successive years the petrol pumps were removed and the shop continued until it was reverted into private housing in the 70's and the village shop became a room in a cottage in Church Road. Sadly there is no longer a shop in Newton although the Saracens Head is a thriving and welcome pub and I visit often.
I can remember years of pleasure playing over on the golf course with home made go karts, bikes and an old club and golf ball. At one time we did organize a village bonfire night on the 5th of November which... Read more

The Arch

The Old Arch c1960, Ebbw Vale
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I used to live just around the corner from where this photo was taken in a place called The Crescent. Next door lived Stan Bowen on one side and Billy Comer (the fruit shop owner) on the other. Tommy Lloyd and Mr Rosser (can't remember his first name) both butchers in Ebbw Vale also lived in the same street. My art teacher from secondary school did oil paintings of the Arch from both sides for Billy Comer. I stood on that corner shown in the photo and waved as the Queen drove past after visiting RTB's in the coronation year.

The Old Arch

The Old Arch c1960, Ebbw Vale
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I was brought up the other side of the arch from this picture in Wesleyan Row. (No8) My mother still lives there today. I remember when this was the main road from the Steelworks and all the heavy lorries used to struggle up the hill. It was a bit of a risky business cutting through the arch on foot, as you had to look for a gap in the traffic and dash through, hoping you didnt get hit! In the 1970s they built the foot tunnel which made things safer. Eventually the rail line was closed and turned into the road. Wesleyan Row then became quiet and a lot cleaner and safer as the traffic was not going past the house any more. I joined the RAF and moved away in 1980, living all over the place, eventually leaving the RAF in 2002. But I didn't move back to Ebbw, oh no - thats too easy ! I moved to California instead! I am still in the desert... Read more

Work Accident

The Old Arch c1960, Ebbw Vale
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The only memory I have is my father,Keith Lewis Lloyd was killed in work accident there round about 1962. It would be great if anyone remembers him. I didn't have the chance to get to know him as I was only 3 years of age and my sister 5 years of age. My mother remarried some ten years later and we now live in Perth, Australia. I am trying to find out a little bit more of him than I know.

Pontygof Boys School

My family lived in Post Office Row, Newtown, until 1939 then we left to travel to Derbyshire to find work. I was 14 years old. I started work at Langwith Colliery. Until the war started I was working on the surface, then ordered to work underground. When the war was on we had the first 1000 bombers forming up over our village,was it a sight. The sky was full up. During the Sheffield blitz we were on their bombing route over us. My last teacher at Pontygof was Mr Joe Richards. When my dad was at Pontygof school Mr Richards was sat next to my dad. Mr Richards told me that my dad was the best writer in the school. Best Regards. Idris Bowen

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