Garndiffaith, Bailey Street c.1955

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Caption for Garndiffaith, Bailey Street C1955: An excellent view of a working village. It is perhaps understandable that Monmouthshire is so well known for its castles, monastic buildings and churches, but there is another side to the county -its industrial heritage. Note the man on the scaffolding and the two men looking under the bonnet of the car on the left of the picture (doubtless the mechanic is, by tradition, sucking in his breath and shaking his head at this point), and the various other vehicles.

An extract from Monmouthshire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Garndiffaith


My name is Elaine Connors nee Pennington I was born in 1948 and I attended Garndiffaith Primary and Junior school and later Abersychan. I lived at Hillcrest, my aunty lived in one of the prefabs with her garden overlooking Varteg Hill. Living on the Garn was a real experience in the winter as all buses stopped at (...Read full memory)

I hope I have the right Garndiffaith? My brother, Walter (Wally) was 13, my sister June was 10, and I was 4. We were evacuated from Birmingham in 1940/41 after our home was destoyed in the blitz. Wally stayed with a Mrs Cooper who died shortly after we arrived, he then went to live with a Mrs Williams, and worked for the (...Read full memory)

My name is Bruce Griffiths, my sister's name is Paulette, we lived on High Street. Over the road was a grocery shop where we would buy pomegranites, cut in half then shared betweeen us both. There was another road opposite us leading to a church where people got married, people (...Read full memory)

Lived on the High Street at the Post Office. Then moved in 1955(?) to new Post Office on Stanley Road, almost opposite the old Garndiffaith Junior School (now Community Centre). Well recall getting a 'basin' haircut at Dai Gurney's. Also the Bar fish shop, my mom liked hake. Came back in 2008 for reunion of Junior School (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Garndiffaith, Bailey Street C1955: An excellent view of a working village. It is perhaps understandable that Monmouthshire is so well known for its castles, monastic buildings and churches, but there is another side to the county -its industrial heritage. Note the man on the scaffolding and the two men looking under the bonnet of the car on the left of the picture (doubtless the mechanic is, by tradition, sucking in his breath and shaking his head at this point), and the various other vehicles.

An extract from Monmouthshire Photographic Memories.

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