Abergavenny, Cross Street c.1965

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Caption for Abergavenny, Cross Street c1965: The new W H Smith building, near left, had replaced the bank since 1926. On the other side of the road the Great George has its familiar and rather curious two-sided sign— it has George Bernard Shaw and George Washington on it. On the opposite corner of Monk Street the agricultural merchants has gone, to be replaced by the new South Wales Electricity Board building.

An extract from Around Alton Photographic Memories.

Memories of Abergavenny


The Deri, Rholben, Llanwenarth Breast, Big Skirrid, Little Skirrid etc. would be regarded as hills when compared to the mountains in Germany and Switzerland, but for us children they were real mountains, and we loved climbing them. This view of the Deri was practically the same as the one we had from our grandmother's garden in Albany Road, and in the foreground the cricket ground can be seen.

My family and I often walked to the River Usk, going down Pentre Road and crossing the Brecon Road. We used to have picnics on the side nearest St. Mary's church in Llanwenarth, and look in the water for tiny fish and insects. I particularly liked the flowers I found in the meadows nearby and picked large bunches to (...Read full memory)

I think this a picture of Abergavenny Town Hall, but am not sure. When we were staying in Abergavenny we lived outside, in Albany Road, on the way to the Rholben and the Deri, which we often climbed and as we didn't go into the town awfully much, only when my mother needed something, I have only vague memories of it. My (...Read full memory)

Annie Tranter was born in Abergavenny in 1884 at 2 Chapel Road. Her brother David had a flower shop in town. I have traced the Tranters back to 1750 in Abergavenny. I have been there to visit, great town.

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Caption for Abergavenny, Cross Street c1965: The new W H Smith building, near left, had replaced the bank since 1926. On the other side of the road the Great George has its familiar and rather curious two-sided sign— it has George Bernard Shaw and George Washington on it. On the opposite corner of Monk Street the agricultural merchants has gone, to be replaced by the new South Wales Electricity Board building.

An extract from Around Alton Photographic Memories.

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