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Caption for Aberystwyth, The Castle Grounds 1921: During the English Civil War, Aberystwyth was held for the King until it was surrendered by Colonel Rice Powell in April 1646; this left Raglan and Harlech as the only castles in Wales held by the Royalists. During the war the castle had also served as a mint. Here, silver from nearby mines owned by the ardent Royalist Thomas Bushell was turned into much-needed coinage. On 3 March 1647, by order of the Commons, Aberystwyth and Abergavenny were both ordered to be disgarrisoned prior to demolition. In July 1649 Aberystwyth was ordered to be blown up; it became one of a number of fortresses to suffer severe slighting. Others included Nottingham, Montgomery and Bolingbroke.

Memories of Aberystwyth

As a student at Aber 1944-48 I used the Bing Kee (spelling as I remember it) laundry when I could afford it. Bing Kee and his wife seemed to be very old but there were two daughters (or possibly grand-daughters) of my generation. One was particularly attractive, but they were rarely on duty in the (...Read full memory)

Does anyone remember Binky's Chinese laundry in South Road? I remember watching them washing the sheets by the geulan (spelling?) just by the river at the back of the shop.

I have a bookmark with this exact same photo that my Welsh pen friend sent me c.1960. (I'm in America.) It has several other pics of Aberystwyth, and says "BOOKMARK BY FIRTHS" at the bottom.

As a student at Aber 1944-48 I used the Bing Kee (spelling as I remember it) laundry when I could afford it. Bing Kee and his wife seemed to be very old but there were two daughters (or possibly grand-daughters) of my generation. One was particularly attractive, but they were rarely on duty in the (...Read full memory)

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