Abergavenny, Frogmore Street 1914

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Caption for Abergavenny, Frogmore Street 1914: The White Horse Hotel, right foreground, advertises its select bowling saloon. The horse of the sign seems to be emerging from White Horse Lane just beyond the hotel. The sign on Brown & Seymour's shop beyond reads 'smoke Musketeer tobacco'. At No 17 next door, David Mansfield Scott was a confectioner and mineral water manufacturer; his business operated beside that of Miss Kennington, 'Fancy Draper & Milliner'. The bicycles parked outside the bank on the left might well have been bought at the Cycle & Sports Depot farther down the street. Thoughts of war seem far away in this peaceful, unhurried scene.

An extract from Around Alton Photographic Memories.

Memories of Abergavenny


My parents Monica and Jack Garrett ran the Frogmore Cafe from 1954 until 1978 when it became a dry cleaners when  they then sold it to Sketchleys in 1980. I was their only son Richard.

My parents ran Ye Old Herefordshire (a pub) in 1963 for three months. It was a rough old place and the police would come in at closing time to make sure there was no trouble. Next door was the Kai Nam restaurant. I was at boarding school in Cardiff, and I remember being called 'chinky lover' because I would eat with (...Read full memory)

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)

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.

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Caption for Abergavenny, Frogmore Street 1914: The White Horse Hotel, right foreground, advertises its select bowling saloon. The horse of the sign seems to be emerging from White Horse Lane just beyond the hotel. The sign on Brown & Seymour's shop beyond reads 'smoke Musketeer tobacco'. At No 17 next door, David Mansfield Scott was a confectioner and mineral water manufacturer; his business operated beside that of Miss Kennington, 'Fancy Draper & Milliner'. The bicycles parked outside the bank on the left might well have been bought at the Cycle & Sports Depot farther down the street. Thoughts of war seem far away in this peaceful, unhurried scene.

An extract from Around Alton Photographic Memories.

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