Abergavenny, The Sugar Loaf c.1950

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Caption for Abergavenny, the Sugar Loaf c1960: The Welsh name for the Sugar Loaf is Pen Y Fal, meaning 'top of the round hill'. Whilst this 1955ft-high mountain can be climbed from Abergavenny, many of the paths that lead from its summit descend to scat- tered villages in remote valleys like the Grwyne Fawr and Grwyne Fechan. Often you can walk for miles in its foothills without meeting another person.

An extract from Around Alton Photographic Memories.

Memories of Abergavenny


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)

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.

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)

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 Sugar Loaf c1960: The Welsh name for the Sugar Loaf is Pen Y Fal, meaning 'top of the round hill'. Whilst this 1955ft-high mountain can be climbed from Abergavenny, many of the paths that lead from its summit descend to scat- tered villages in remote valleys like the Grwyne Fawr and Grwyne Fechan. Often you can walk for miles in its foothills without meeting another person.

An extract from Around Alton Photographic Memories.

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