Abergavenny, The Little Skiridd And River Usk 1893

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Caption for Abergavenny, The Little Skiridd And River Usk 1893: To the Romans the river was Isca, 'a river renowned for its fish'. Certainly it is much loved by fishermen. The river has also been a popular play area for local children, as this late Victorian scene shows. Beyond the town, in the background, is the Little Skirrid mountain, the top of which is not quite as wooded as it is today.

An extract from Around Alton Photographic Memories.

Memories of Abergavenny


As far as I can remember, my brother and I were taken to this market only once, in August 1949, and we were most interested in the cattle. I have lovely photo of us stroking a calf there.

This picture reminds me of a photo my father took from the top of the Blorenge when we climbed it in August 1949. To start, we had to take the railway (closed in the 50's) to Gilwern or Govilon (I can't remember which!) and then begin our climb from there.  When they reached the top, my father and brother (...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)

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.

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Caption for Abergavenny, The Little Skiridd And River Usk 1893: To the Romans the river was Isca, 'a river renowned for its fish'. Certainly it is much loved by fishermen. The river has also been a popular play area for local children, as this late Victorian scene shows. Beyond the town, in the background, is the Little Skirrid mountain, the top of which is not quite as wooded as it is today.

An extract from Around Alton Photographic Memories.

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