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Caption for Pontypool, The Grotto C1955: The grotto in Pontypool park was believed to have been the home of an old hermit, and is considered by academics to be the most important example in Wales. Around 1830 Molly Hanbury, the wife of one of the most successful ironmasters in the country, commissioned the decoration of the grotto with shells, crystals and bones. Today this charming structure is known as the Shell Grotto, but in 1960 it was clearly awaiting restoration.

An extract from Monmouthshire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Pontypool

When i was a litttle girl my mother and i use to visit a lady with conections to the Clarence Hotel . I think i called her auntie Daisy she had two grandchildren Harry and Ann . Can anyone help?

I started out working life at the pontypool store ,Mr Galander manager ,in the stockroom with Gwen later on the floor 'then being moved to Newport! Those were the days when ponty Meant something!! The streets were full on Fridays and Saturdays' Woolworth's store was always crowed out . Sunday the monkey parade! It seems my (...Read full memory)

My mum's parents and her brother lived right next door to the Griffin Press no.74. I, my sister, Mum and Dad would travel down from Paddington on the steam train for Christmas and it would be open house for visitors, always so warm with the coal fire. How did we all fit into that small house, but I loved going up (...Read full memory)

My recollection is of my friends and me belonging to Penygarn Tabernacle Chapel for children's religious teachings. Every Sunday afternoon we all traipse across to the little house behind the chapel. There were only two rooms one downstairs for the younger children and one upstairs for the older children, in the cold (...Read full memory)

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