Abertillery Memories

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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.

I have a small metal box in the shape of a book, it was my grandfather's. On one side it reads JOHN DOWSET KEEPER TIVERTON DEVON 1907 and on the other side it reads A PRESENT FROM ABERTILLERY. Please can any one give any insight? Thank you.

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)

My Nan was Elsie Lavender and she lived in Glendwr Street. Elsie was born in 1921 to parents Ethel and Bill (William) Lavender. She had an older sister called Connie who passed away at the age of 21 years. She had a younger brother Hayden and a younger sister Maureen (Mary) and Sheila Lavender. Elsie lived in (...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)

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)

If Tony Landon/Passey or someone who knows him is interested he might like to know that he has a half brother and 2 half sisters who would like to hear of him. Please get in touch with noelle.southam@btinternet.com