Abergavenny, Sugarloaf From The River Usk 1898

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Caption for Abergavenny, Sugarloaf From The River 1898: Below the Sugar Loaf on the western outskirts of Abergavenny stands Nevill Court, previously named The Brooks. It was re-named by William Nevill, Marquess of Abergavenny, when he bought it in 1890. A previ- ous owner, the Blaenavon industrialist James Hill, had spent a lot of money on the house. Today it is part of the modern Nevill Hall Hospital, which was built in the 1960s.

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 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.

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, Sugarloaf From The River 1898: Below the Sugar Loaf on the western outskirts of Abergavenny stands Nevill Court, previously named The Brooks. It was re-named by William Nevill, Marquess of Abergavenny, when he bought it in 1890. A previ- ous owner, the Blaenavon industrialist James Hill, had spent a lot of money on the house. Today it is part of the modern Nevill Hall Hospital, which was built in the 1960s.

An extract from Around Alton Photographic Memories.

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