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Caption for Pontypool, The Square C1960: Pontypool was a focus for the Chartist cause in 1829 when the local leader, William Jones, marched from here to Newport to take part in the assault on the Westgate Hotel. He was transported for his part in the uprising.

An extract from South Wales 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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