Abergavenny, The Castle 1893

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Caption for Abergavenny, The Castle 1893: The most infamous event in the castle's history occurred in the hall, situated just behind this outer wall. At Christmas 1175 the Norman lord, William de Braose, invited Seisyll ap Dyfnwal and other Welsh nobles to a banquet. At this time there were hopes of a truce in the intermittent warfare between the Normans and the Welsh. Instead, William callously massacred his guests and provoked acts of revenge.

An extract from Around Alton Photographic Memories.

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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.

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)

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)

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, The Castle 1893: The most infamous event in the castle's history occurred in the hall, situated just behind this outer wall. At Christmas 1175 the Norman lord, William de Braose, invited Seisyll ap Dyfnwal and other Welsh nobles to a banquet. At this time there were hopes of a truce in the intermittent warfare between the Normans and the Welsh. Instead, William callously massacred his guests and provoked acts of revenge.

An extract from Around Alton Photographic Memories.

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