Memories of Pontypool, Osborne Road c1965

My birth parents lived in number 51 Osborne Rd, glad I found a picture of the rd.

My mother was born here in Number 55 Osborne Road. Her surname was Bryant. My grandad was a watchmaker and owned the watchmaker's shop in Osbourne Road. I spent many a holiday as a child in the 1950s. Happy times.

My mother was from Pontypool and an uncle and aunt lived at 81 Osborne Road.  My great grandparents lived at 'Coynant' (by the old Griffin Press building) and my grandparents at nearby Gwynfa (now flats). Towards Pontnewynydd (opposite side), is Balmond Terrace, named after my great grandfather, John Balmond.

I was evacuated with my school to Pontypool on 1st September 1939. I was taken in with my friend Jim Baker, by a retired miner and his wife, and spent six weeks in what was alleged to be the smallest house in Pontypool. I can't remember the name of my hosts but their dog was called "Fly", my memory of this being (...Read full memory)

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