Aberdare, General View And St Elvan's Church c.1955

Memories of Aberdare


i remember when i was eighteen on a saturday night going out with a pound note beer was 1shilling and one pence a pint the pound would buy eighteen pints 2 pints was my max into the black and the boot [collar and tie] rum and black 2 shillings and 6 pence the rum made me ill last time i tasded rum was 58 years ago (...Read full memory)

What can I say about the Boot Hotel? This hotel and the Black Lion Hotel were the best hotels in the area. You would not be served in The Boot without a tie on. The one time I went there on a Saturday night I can remember the landlord there, quite a nice old chap, getting abuse from some yobs. I intervened and ended up on (...Read full memory)

I remember Aberdare Park. When our daughter was a baby my husband Ian and I use to walk round the park pushing the pram on a Sunday afternoon. In the 1950s that was the venue for walks with my parents, also on a Sunday afternoon. My father use to take me out on the boating lake. Fond memories. I left Gladstone (...Read full memory)

There used to red squirrels in the park. Stan, my husband, went to a children's home nearby, he went boating and they used to have motor bike racing there in August. He is now 68.

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