Abergavenny, River Usk And Sugarloaf 1898

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Caption for Abergavenny, River Usk And Sugarloaf 1898: In this idyllic scene much loved by artists and photographers, the River Usk wends its way through wooded banks away from Abergavenny and flows on to join the Severn beyond Newport.

An extract from Around Alton Photographic Memories.

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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, River Usk And Sugarloaf 1898: In this idyllic scene much loved by artists and photographers, the River Usk wends its way through wooded banks away from Abergavenny and flows on to join the Severn beyond Newport.

An extract from Around Alton Photographic Memories.

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