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

Nostalgic memories of Aberbeeg's local history

Share your own memories of Aberbeeg 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 lived on Commercial Road, Aberbeeg with my mam, dad, three brothers and sister a stones throw from Aberbeeg School which I attended when Mr Talbot was headmaster. My local chapel was in Glandawr and has been demolished. I belonged to a Christian group there called The Campainers. Our family never went out of Aberbeeg for holidays exept for the odd trip to Barry with the chapel. So every summer we went to the Dingle a ...see more

My gran was born in the Ivorites 1897. Her parents ran it (Bill & Margaret Moore) & later her sister Margaret who married Henry James. Bill Moore was a bare knuckle fighter on the mountain ... illegal! There were 7 children of which my gran was the youngest - her mum died following the birth. Her sister Mgt Ann was the oldest. 2 sisters died sadly. One died aged ?12 - playing in the garden she just dropped dead. ...see more

I am Canadian born, of Welsh parentage, and I became very excited when I saw the name of Pantduu Farm; which to my knowledge was owned by my great grandfather (with the surname James), but whose given name I do not know. At one time, he also owned an ale house called the Ivorites, which my grandfather William Henry James inherited upon his passing. I understand that the Ivorites was ...see more

My grandmother and grandfather, Francis and Issac Waters, lived and brought up their family at Woodmans Cottage, Aberbeeg, my grandfather was woodman there working for Pontypool Estates. I was told of many happy memories of life in Aberbeeg by my mother Thelma, now sadly died, she lived there with her brothers and sisters Jack, Phylis, Alice, Myrtle, Olive and Arthur Waters. My Aunt Olive also lived at Railway ...see more

My dad worked in the brewery and my mam worked in the Hanbry and also my father's family came from Aberbeeg and I have been looking for some things about the Parson family who lived in Abergeeg . My dad's name is Arthur Parsons and my mam is Brenda Parsons - was Miller,

I moved to Aberbeeg with my parents, Ron and Edith Burnett, in1957. We lived there for 5 years. We lived up on the hill across from the church in the Foresters House. Dr. Edwards was our next door neighbour. My years there were relatively happy except for the fact that my brother, Michael, was killed at Six Bells. He was 17 years old. That's the saddest thing that ever happened to me. One of my best friends was Janet Pyle. ...see more

I grew up in Aberbeeg as Pat Howells. Everyone knew the Howells as my dad, Doug, was one of 8 children. My uncle worked in the brewery for many years and I grew up in Woodland Terrace and had to pass the brewery at the end of the road every day to go to school. I also remember the old stables on the square for the brewery dram horses. Dr. Edwards had his surgery in the old hay lofts above. I have ...see more

I grew up in the farm in the picture. My parents were Ern and Megan Sheppard. Dad delivered milk for many years, initially from churns carried around in a horse and cart and later the milk was in glass bottles from a delivery van. They kept the farm looking so nice. They whitewashed the house every few years and Mum had a lovely flower garden. A gentleman drew a picture of her garden for his wife to ...see more

I lived in Brondeg from 1953 until 1965 when the house was demolished to make way for the by-pass. Daddy was the general manager of Webbs brewery and W. J. Jones was the managing director. They lived next door to us until Uncle Bill retired and Mr Snazell took over as M.D. At that point Mr L. Newman and his wife and family moved in next door to us and we were there until the house was demolished. I was at ...see more

My Grandfather was Harry Kibby the Stores, Aberbeeg Bakers & Grocers. I remember visiting as a child every Saturday and sweeping the yard, my reward was a bottle of Coca Cola, unknown in those days. I collected my Beano from Lou Poole's shop over the little bridge and got a haircut at Mr Jones the Barber where there was a lttle window to check who was waiting. My grandad was a great friend of Mr Collins the ...see more