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Around Alton Photographic Memories

Around Alton Photographic Memories

The photo 'Abergavenny, view from the Blorenge c1965' appears in this book.

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Caption for Abergavenny, view from the Blorenge c1965: The view from the 1833ft summit of the Blorenge is one of the most spectacular in Wales; but the road that crosses the mountain from Blaenavon to Govilon and Llanfoist is fairly narrow and steeply sided, so drivers cannot allow their attention to wander! Early maps have the name Bloreys or 'bare spot' for the mountain - this was a name given to high exposed places.

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)

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)

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.

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)

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