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Caption for Abergavenny, below the Sugar Loaf c1955: The symmetry of the ploughman's furrows consign the hills of Bryn Arw and the Sugar Loaf to a background role. The Pandy and Monnowside Ploughing and Agricultural Society, formed in 1867, continues to hold annual competitions in agrarian crafts like this. Seen in the centre of the photograph, but also marginalized, are the houses alongside the old Hereford Road and the steam of the Hereford to Abergavenny train.

An extract from Around Alton Photographic Memories.

Memories of Abergavenny

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)

Interesting to read about William Williams who was Mayor three times, lately in 1908. My great grandfather Samuel Deverall was Mayor in 1907 and owned a greengrocery in 44 Cross Street. He was married to Georgina and had two sons, Edmund and Albert. Sadly he was found hanged in 1910 at a farm in Pontypool. I have been told it wasn't suicide but don't really know.

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.

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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