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Caption for Abertillery, General view c1955: This town was almost completely formed and defined by the production of coal. Like many of the towns in Wales that grew because of the extractive industries such as coal and slate, Abertillery expanded at an astonishing rate from 6,000 in 1881 to over 40,000 in 1921. This massive increase came from those seeking work in the town's coal mines, both from other parts of Wales, industrial and rural, and from the west of England, particularly Somerset and the Forest of Dean. The new housing built for the workers can be seen rising up the hill like a tide.

Memories of Abertillery

I used to visit my grandmother - who lived on the aptly named Hill Street - throughout my childhood. My Gran was Ruth Robbins (nee James) who lived all her life in Hill Street, two of her daughters and their families also lived in the street so my brother and I always had someone to play with. My dad was Archie (...Read full memory)

I'm searching for my cousin from Abertillery her name is Val Statham (nee Regan) originally from Tirphil, new Tredegar. Can anyone help? My maiden name was Frances Jenkins.

After moving from birmingham to abertillery to live with my grandparents in chapel street we lived over the fire station the front of the station being in the street below.My grandfather a miner would give me a penny on Friday on his way home from work I would go around to the street below and next door to the fire station was a (...Read full memory)

A close relative, Charles Passey, was in the police force in Abertillery. He married Doll Landon whose parents kept a shop there and I spent many a happy holiday with them in Abertillery in the mid 1930s.  The shop was fascinating to me, a small girl at the time.  Not only was it a tobacconist and (...Read full memory)

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