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)

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)

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.

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)

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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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