Abercarn, The Distillery c.1955

Memories of Abercarn


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

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.

Walking along Sycamore Street, Persondy, even now in my mind, I passed, the Roberts' house next door, the Walkers, the Ryalls, can't remember the next house but she was German and very fiery, then the Williams, the Hughes'(Colin Hughes?) and then another Hughes family (Frances Hughes?), then the (...Read full memory)

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)

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