A Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis FrithA Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis Frith

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Nostalgic memories of Aberbargoed's local history

Share your own memories of Aberbargoed and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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I was born in William St, Fleur-de-Lys in 1950. My mother Mavis Mason and father Ivor Jones were both from Commercial Street Aberbargoed. Dad started work in Bargoed Colliery in 1936, after leaving Lewis school Pengam, where his father William Henry Jones and one of his bothers Emlyn (later group manager for NCB) had also worked. I had both sets of grandparents and two aunties, Muriel and Eunice all living in ...see more

My family moved in to their new prefab in 1946when i was 5. I lived in no 5 James Street there.In 1947 i remember the very bad winter when we saw roofs of some of the prefabs being blown off, aand the snow was so thick.The prefabs were so modern though, and had all mod cons compared with where we first lived in the front room of my Nan,s house in Phillipstown. I remember the coal buckets ...see more

i was born in aberbargoed 39 lewis street 26/12/1966 1 of seven i loved youth club gattis cafe i always remember tha old quarry on the markham road in the summe it wouid be packed with people swimming there were 2 ponds in there the warter looked green we all swam in there i wouid go home after and mam wouid know straight away weve been up there because our cloths wouid b bumpinig daps soakin wet u wouid hav to wear ...see more

I have fond memories of Haydn Williams having been brought up in Coedymoeth Road and my parents taking Co-op milk. A ride to the end of the road in his van was a treat. I left Aber in 1971 to work at Rolls-Royce in Filton near Bristol and regularly returned to see my mother. On one visit she asked me to "pop down the road and pay the papers". Haydn and I had a chat and then I asked for my mothers bill. It was ...see more

i went to aberbargoed secondary modern school with a few of the names mentioned by gareth williams i was in the same class as kieth davies ,tony gallent ,dai davies,lindon gingell,i remember going to school walking underneath the conveyer belt and the buckets that used to go over carrying the coal across the road.it was a tough school to attend but i think we all got on well together in our ...see more

My parents (Eirwen & Haydn Williams) moved to Aberbargoed from Gilfach to take over the newsagents in 1967 next to the New Duffryn pub when I was 11. Being a Bargoed lad I was very apprehensive about moving over to "the other side" and we lived above the shop for many years. When we moved in the September I was just moving from Primary to Secondery School and having failed my 11+ I was sent to ...see more

I also have wonderful childhood memories of Aberbargoed. My parents lived in Bristol, and I used to stay with my grandparents in Pant Street. My grandfather, Bob Roberts, was the caretaker of the Dug out in Pant Street, and I had a lot of lovely friends. Edna Williams, Gordon and Gwyneth and Jean Adams, whose grandparents lived in Pant Street. We walked on the Graig, went to Asserattis, for hot chocolate, and ...see more

My father's side of the family lived in Aberbargoed, my dad was actually born at number 34 Elm Street. There were my grandparents, Doris and Roland Dexter, and they had four sons; my father Douglas was the oldest, then David, Michael, and Ronald was the youngest. I recently researched my family tree and I traced my family back to 1879. On looking at the 1911 cencus I discovered that my great grandfather Rufus ...see more

I was born on Bedwellty Road, I went to the secondary modern school. My memories are of going whimberry picking on the Graig and walking on a Sunday to my gran's - she lived in Church St. I spent many happy evenings at the dance in the church hall, bopping the night away. The house I was born in is no longer there, it's sad because I was so happy there. My dad worked in Bargoed Colliery - I remembered going ...see more

Hi, my memory is from around 1953- 1956. My name is Edna Hardie (Williams) born 1941. I lived in Pant Street, had 3 sisters, Mary 1947, Pam 1944, Connie 1934. I remember the dug-out ( the youth club ) in my street. I remember the buckets of course. I remember the dances in Brithdir and Bargoed. I went to the secondary modern school near where the buckets went over. We listened to the juke box in the cafe, ...see more