Aberdare, The Cenotaph 1937
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The Aberdare memorial to the First World War has an unusual cenotaph design similar to the one in London. The premises of Haydn W Morris, an optician, are on the left-hand side of the photograph. Leslie`s (right) was a popular store; it had a special toy fair each October, and a Father Christmas from November onwards.

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War Memorials

A special selection of photographs from our Archive of the War Memorials that connect us with those who fought and perished in the conflicts that have shaped the world we live in today. "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them."- Laurence Binyon, For The Fallen

A Selection of Memories from Aberdare

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Aberdare

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I used to love going to the indoor market there every weekend shopping for my mum.. I remember also pughs the lingerie shop I think it was . As had to go there to buy my mums underwear for her( I was always so embarrassed as I was only 11 at the time.). lol p.s does anyone remember a Carl Kenna on here from Penywaun.. would love to get in touch with old friends and schoolmates...
I used to stay in Aberdare back in the 1960's when I was driving long distance trucks.I'm pretty sure that the pub I used to stay in was called"The Eagle"? I remember that the sheep used to be in the High Street most nights after 9pm! I have some fond memories of Aberdare and being taught some Welsh language sentences
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 never again now for the highlight of the night into carpaninnis for home made pie and chips ...see more
going back too the late 50s too late 60 s aberdare was a thriving place to live there was no need to go to another town to buy anything we had it all here the demize of the town was when the old co.operative shut where whatever you needed you could get from a drawing pin to a tuxedo what ever you can think of they sold it now its can i get it in aberdare its my opinion that closure of the ...see more