Memories of Abercarn


Remember The Ranks very well. Lots of my friends lived there. Tony Howells, Ian Davies(Pooky), Tony Randall, Spikey Iles, Jock Ilse and their sisters. I remember the Davey family and many others. Most vivid memory is running the streets of The Ranks on washing days. Every street had washing lines stretched between the houses and all were full on washing days.

Memories of walking to school, which was then West End Junior School, sited above the west end of Abercarn. Walking from Mount Pleasant, through Richard Thomas & Baldwin's Office yard, past Williams's stores, under the railway bridge, over the River Ebbw bridge and past the Fire Station brought me into the West (...Read full memory)

I used to spend my holidays with my grandfather who used to live in a area of Abercarn called 'The Ranks'

My grandfather was a miner in the South Celynen. He started off at the age of 13 and was made redundant when the mines closed! But what's more interesting about him was that he had two hobbies. 1. was the love for repairing old clocks and watches and 2. and the more interesting to me, was his love of walking. My mother would (...Read full memory)

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