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This town developed around the ironworks, which were founded by Crawshay Bailey in 1846. The population of six thousand at the beginning of the 20th century had all the variety of shops necessary for a thriving independent community. Today there is an open space where once stood the impressive Public Hall and Institute (right).

Other Memories from Aberaman

I often used to go to the Miners Hall, to the pictures on a Friday. It was a family treat, we would watch a film, stop at Wynnens chip shop, and also pick a bottle of beer up for my grandfather Percy Honour. We all lived at Paklands Lodge. The beer used to come from The Swan, near Whyndham Terrace. Later on I was courting, and went to the Aberaman Hall, back row upstairs, but not to watch the film,b ut that's another story! Good old memories, sadly gone for ever.

I remember the line and playing fields, very well. Another of my haunts was Mike's field, Aberaman. My girlfriend and I spent many happy hours in these two places. We used to walk to Aberdare along the line and come out at the base of the Graig mountain. Also in Mike's field was the open air baths, where we spent a lot of our time in summer. I was born in the Oaklands Lodge at Cardiff Road - unfortunately not in existence any more. Good old days.

I read the memories of Aberaman and Miss Venables with great interest and a bit of a tear in my eye. My grandparents emigrated from Aberdare, New Tredegar area in 1912, two weeks after the Titanic went down. The fares were cheap. I grew up in the 1950's in Welland, Ontario Canada next door to my dear Granma, Alice Stallard Venables. My grandfather, Albert Venables, of Aberdare, died a few weeks after my birth ...see more

My Grandfather used to be a judge at the Aberaman flower show and others in the area. He also won many shows himself with vegatables and flowers. I have some photographs

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