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Dave

Abertillery

Have this photo from a visit in the 60s is it still there ?  Dave  

Carolyn

Yep it is although it's been tarted up a bit since then

Dave

Thanks again Carolyn   Smile    Dave
Dave

This one taken around the same as the first one, in Abertillery I believe,   a bit quiet,    Dave

geraldjames

Hi Dave,
         I believe thats the hill leading to Llanhilleth
                                                             Cheers
Dave


 Thanks geraldjames,  as a long time ago, and only visiting family roots, is the area of pic still in Abertillery  ?   Dave  
geraldjames

Hi Dave,
          Just south of Aber aprox 2 miles
                                                           cheers
Dave

geraldjames Thanks  Dave
jools

Great picture of Llan.

Not a pothole in site...those were the days! Wink


The bill board is not there anymore - can't recall it at all and I am in my forties!
Laughing
Dave


  jools thanks  I believe that was in the 60s  Dave  
Carolyn

I would have said 60's or late 60' maybe early 70's I remember it well especially that particular add
Dave



 Carolyn thinking about it it might have been the early 70s  Dave
Carolyn

I would have so so since I trotted down that way daily to take my kids to sixbells nursery
Dave

In the last pic,  was there a Garage at the bottom of the hill on the left,   Dave
Mary Ann

Carolyn wrote:
I would have so so since I trotted down that way daily to take my kids to sixbells nursery


Carolyn, I think maybe you are having one of those senior moments.
You must have made quite a detour if you went  down that way to get to
Six Bells.  You are probably thinking  of the Bill Board which is still on the
end of the top house in Alexandra Road .
Carolyn

You are right that is the one I was thinking of senior moment there maybe that one was late 60's early 70's on my way to work. The adds were the same. I just remember that particular add and the many billboards that used to be around to catch your eye as you passed on the bus.  I have a photo somewhere of the ones where the library is now.  Wonder if bill poster ever got prosecuted  Laughing
Haydn

WOW! Its either the perspective or my memory but I would swear that looks so much like Alexandra Road in the direction of Six Bells. The stone wall on the left would have been at the bottom of a steep grassy bank with Richmond Road at the top. The railing on the right was the top fence of the derelict Vivian pit. Somewhere either before it or after it was Barrels Warehouse. The first few buildings on the right in the picture were a mixture of shops and houses. I remember the barber and a butcher who was the father of my best mates mum, best mate David Griffin from Marlborough Road.
Someone said there might be a garage down on the left? There was a garage set back from the road at the bottom of the Doctors steps.
What I cant make out is why it looks like the hill goes up at the far end? If it is Six Bells you should be able to see the Presbyterian Chapel half way down that road.
On the other hand it doesnt look like Llanhilleth either! Im sure the houses al the way down on the left have smaller walls and gates every 4 or 5 meters.
I will send the pic to Llanhilleth Girl for confirmation.
Dave

Thanks for the feed back,   I remember somewhere about a garage,  due to very low fuel in the Tank,  and with the hills we would come to a stop,       Dave    
martyn142

Definitely Llan hill and not Alexandra Road.
Carolyn

Definitly Llan despite my bo bo.  You can see St. Marks at the bottom of the hill on the left
Dave

This one L to R  Mom, Dad (Edward St) and a Auntie(Gaen St)    late 60s  up the Cock n Chick as the name I was told, is it still as that name ?  
have a few recent pics from the same area I believe   Dave

 
martyn142

Hi Dave - thanks for yet another great photo. I wouldn't stake my life on it but it looks more like Church Lane on the opposite side of the valley to me?
Dave

martyn142  myself only going by memory,  was a long time ago,  just glad not boring anyone  Smile   Dave
martyn142

I could well be wrong anyway - I don't recall any telegraph poles along Church Lane. Definitely not boring anyway!  Very Happy
Dave

This one on the same walk, I believe

         
Mary Ann

martyn142 wrote:
I could well be wrong anyway - I don't recall any telegraph poles along Church Lane. Definitely not boring anyway!  Very Happy

Martyn. I think Dave is  correct.  I remember  the road well,l having walked this way countless times on my way to the Grammar School from West Bank.
The fences are long gone.  Gwern Berthi Road is down over the bank on the right hand side.  The road leads on to Ty Dan y Wal, Rising Sun and
the old Cwmtillery (Cock and Chick) School.  I was also familiar with Church Lane and | would bet my bottom dollar that the picture was not taken there.  It is obvious that the second picture was taken from the
Cock and Chick Mountain looking down towards Abertillery.
martyn142

Yep. I think you are both right and the scond is obviously from Cock and Chick.
Dave

Mary Ann Thank you,   have a fairly recent one taken from the same area as the second old pic, will find it out and post it, might post the two together, to compare,  on a last visit with our Auntie, a few years ago, same Auntie as in the first pic up the Cock n Chick, we drove up there past Auntie`s old school, Auntie still remembered it,   school demolished later and houses there,    glad that the name Cock n Chick is true,  my Dad told us that as lads they would go up there to play cards,  Thanks  Dave      
Mary Ann

Yes Dave, I can remember when we were kids in tthe early 40's playing on the mountain above Top Rows ( part of the Cock and Chick mountain) and coming across groups of men playing cards in the quarry .  Perhaps your Dad was amongst them!!
Mary Ann

[IMG]http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt170/lilyofthevale/six

I thought Dave and Haydn would like to see what the former site of the Six Bells Colliery looks like now.  I took this picture yesterday whilst
out doggy walking.
Mary Ann

SORRY!  That didn't work.  I have never tried to send a picture before.
I need some serious instruction.  Can anyone help?
Dave


 Mary Ann  will find out tomorrow when the Family left Abertillery,
 Would like to see any photo`s of the area,   have matched  the old one on the Cock n Chick and on a May 2007 visit,  might post the May one separate also,   glad the name Cock n Chick is right,  was it a nickname or the correct name ?    Dave  


Dave


  Mary Ann    I use the IMG code on Photobucket, hope that helps  Smile     Dave
geraldjames

Hello Dave,
               I believe the photo of mam dad and aunt may be the lane that runs along the mountain behind attlee avenue,probably just after the trees were planted.The lane is now upgraded and the forest fully grown,at the end of the path is a large picnic area which is to the rear of Arail View.
Mary Ann

Dave wrote:

  Mary Ann    I use the IMG code on Photobucket, hope that helps  Smile     Dave


I have had another try.  If this doesn;t work then I shall give up. Thanks for trying to help.
Dave

Mary Ann thanks saved it as full screen  Smile   Dave
Dave


  Geraldjames this one passed the school, was only a track further on, long time ago   Dave


geraldjames

hello dave,
              the path i'm talking about is below the school and to the right where ossie bruten's farm was
                                             cheers
M.J.D.

A bit late but hear is Commercial Rd LLanilleth 2007

 
Carolyn

geraldjames wrote:
hello dave,
              the path i'm talking about is below the school and to the right where ossie bruten's farm was
                                             cheers


That is where I thought it to be as well we used to call it Ty Samis (Some said tree sammys)  I have a photo (A few) somewhere of the area taken before the Roseheyworth club was built and before the bungalows at the end of Attlee Avenue and Ty Bryn.  The road leading to and behind Cock and Chick during the 60's I believe to have been more than a dirt track
Bryn Trefil

Hi Dave I see you are a bit hit with the ladies. Cool  Mary Ann has been a member since last Dec and rarely participates in the forum, although she uses the pm service on a regular basis almost daily. Maybe your photos are the big draw.  Laughing  Laughing

Mary Ann, just copy the image link from photobucket, imageshack or Tiny pic and past it into the forum reply. The is no need to use the image code in the forum it'self
Dave


 Bryn Trefil  Just pleased my postings have been of interest for other members to respond,  I do like to return to the area, last time down there 1st March we looked at a house (abertillery) that our Great Grandmother was living in (1923) for the first time, only found the info recently,  any bit of info helps  Smile    Dave      
Dave



 M.J.D.  thanks for that pic,  saved will show Family    Smile    Dave
Dave

This one taken early 60s  I believe,   in the same area    

 
martyn142

That's the main road through Llanhilleth - Commercial Road, looking North. You can see Christchurch Aberbeeg, where the hospital was based in the distance.

Keep 'em coming Dave  Very Happy And don't give up Mary, it's practice which makes perfect after all!  Very Happy
Haydn

Crikey! that brought back some memories. If I remember correctly the structure after the bus stop on the left is the steps down to Aberbeeg? If so then that bus stop was a scheduled stop for the Red & White not a request stop. When my dad was an inspector he used to hide in the shelter and step out at the last minute to catch drivers who didnt stop because they were behind schedule! Lovely chap my dad!!
Any members who worked for the Red & White, Jones, Ralphs or Henley Id love to hear from you. Does anyone have a picture of the Cottonwood or the Bush Hotel?
M.J.D.

The Cottonwood and Bush Hotel


Dave


  Sorry martyn142   last one of the roads,  pity I did not take more, as pictures then are history today  Smile  Thanks for the info on the pics  Smile  and the roads where quiet  Smile

Haydn memorious thats life,  have a few of some pit area`s and up on top of the Cock n Chick  (I believe)  post some time  Dave
Bryn Trefil

Dave wrote:

 Bryn Trefil  Just pleased my postings have been of interest for other members to respond,  I do like to return to the area, last time down there 1st March we looked at a house (abertillery) that our Great Grandmother was living in (1923) for the first time, only found the info recently,  any bit of info helps  Smile    Dave      


I agree with you. Keep up the good work
Haydn

When I lived at my nans in Glan Ebbw Terrace I used to call in to the Cottonwood for a Steak and Kidney pie. The pie was heated in a special pan that fitted on the steam nozzle of the coffee machine. This made the pie hot but quite soggy....the chap who ran it then was foreign, maybe Italian.
Does anyone know of a Jane Morgan who owned the Bush Hotel at the turn of the last century?
martyn142

Haydn wrote:
When I lived at my nans in Glan Ebbw Terrace I used to call in to the Cottonwood for a Steak and Kidney pie. The pie was heated in a special pan that fitted on the steam nozzle of the coffee machine. This made the pie hot but quite soggy....the chap who ran it then was foreign, maybe Italian.
Does anyone know of a Jane Morgan who owned the Bush Hotel at the turn of the last century?


I remember 'steamed pies' too Haydn. Weren't we sophisticated?  Wink The chap who ran it was Mr Molina.
Dave


  just a few years ago,   the school that my auntie remembered on the way up to the Cock n Chick,    last time there houses on the site


Carolyn

Carolyn

Dave

Again from the late 60s early 70s, have a few similar ,  I believe up the Cock n Chick  

Dave

Up the Cock n Chick

Dave


  On top of the Cock n Chick  Question



martyn142

That's what we called the American Tipper Dave. No idea why it was named that though? Question
Dave


 Thanks martyn142    Dave
martyn142

In my younger days representatives of St Paul's Church carried a cross to the top of the tip at Easter. Must have been quite a haul since I remember scrabbling up the shail myself many times and it was hard enough work without lugging a big cross with you.
Dave

From the same area  I believe

    wonder what it is like now  
Dave


  ADRIAN  last time down there 10th Jan this year, only in the Rhiw Parc area for a quick visit,  those pics I took late 60s or early 70s  I can`t remember exactly where but in the Abertillery area, was that a locker at Big Pit belonging to Max Boyce I seen ?,
 Granddad born in Blaenavon,  Dad born in Abertillery  Smile

Dave,
 next Sat down to Aberfan        
Dave


  Big Pit   been down twice,  we expect family to have worked down there,     once a miner always a miner      

  Dave
Dave


  Max Boyce locker at Big Pit  


Haydn

I lived in Glan Ebbw Terrace with my nan, and grancha, Galdys and Nobby Ford, for about a year when my mum and dad split up. Im unsure of the year but I was sent to the British so I must have been about 8 or 9 yrs. At this time the tin works was still operational, the Gaiety was closed, the Palace was still a cinema, the Bush was still a proper hotel and trains still used the track behind nans house. I dont remember any other kids in Glan Ebbw. I spent most of my free time playing with my nans dog, Lady, on the pavement outside the house.
My dad was one of the people chasing kids out of the depot in Carlyle St before he took early retirement from the R&W buses.
Every xmas when I was little there was a big party held either in the Ralphs Club or once I think in the Remploy building up the park. One year I won the dancing competition, twisting to Chubby Checkers 'Lets twist again' Another year I remember going up to get a present from Santa and announcing to the room that Santa was my dad in disguise!
Dave

Carolyn would that be the American Tipper in the pic you posted on the Mon March 30th  Question ,

   This one in the same area of the American Tipper


Dave


 Always smile when i see this   Smile


Dave


  Up on top, a bit bleak back then  


Carolyn

Yes it was a photo of the American Tipper. I have a photo somewhere of them carrying the cross up on Easter and another with the cross in situ.  I know I have the neg but just unable to find the print right now
Dave

Carolyn Thanks  Smile
Dave

This might be the American Tipper up close

Dave

Any help with this photo,  handed down in the family,  only info that it was in  Abertillery

  Thanks  Dave
 
glen chappelle

Looks like Martyn's father John Thomas in the centre foreground. What do you think Martyn?
martyn142

Hi Glen

I just got off the phone to Sue  Very Happy  I'll make a point of popping down to see you over the next couple of weeks - I am sure Sue explained why I hadn't got back to you before now.

Anyway yes I am pretty certain the man in the light suit and glasses is my dad. I've no idea where it was taken though or what the event was. Presumably Dave one of your relatives is on there too - small world! Thanks very much for posting it Dave.
Dave

martyn142,   I believe the pic belonged to my Grand Dad, going to take the pic tomorrow to show it to my cousin,  also my Dad always spoke of Six Bells,  we will look closely at the gent second from the right,   just blown it up a bit on the comp, the ones in the front linking arms    Dave
geraldjames

Hello
      Top left of photo looks like cock and chick school so photo would depict gwern berthi rd lots of marches took this route up and around cwmtillery.
            Cheers
Dave


 Thanks for that  geraldjames Dave
Dave

Still reading the threads   Smile
 
 after seeing the pic of the the old School and the brickwork, reminded of this pic,  this pic handed down in the family with no info, but believe it`s Abertillery,   any help    Thanks Dave  

Dave

Remember my Auntie saying that Granddad used to take the youngster`s to Remembrance,   visited myself a few times.

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=78512
pent boy

Daves mam and dad on mountain path

Dave the exact location is directly above attlee avenue,which is at the bottom of the field to the right.Your parents would have come up past the entrance to attlee avenue, turned left 100 yards further up towards cock and chick school,passed Brutons farm on the left, the quarry on the right and are probably 600/800 yards towards Blaina,nearing what we used to call the ginny,whiich takes you down to thier left to the new houses, or even further on down to the park extension.The background is arriel mountain on the right, and six bells/ Brynhithell mountain in the background.I planted trees to the left 50 years ago with John Lewis and Albert Mason,and lived on attlee avenue in 50/60s.We also lived in Ashfield road, our back gate being on Edward street,but I cant put a name to your parents.I do remember the Pauls, Denise Enniss,Derrick Davies whose father was a builder, and Veals at the top.Hope this has finally sorted the mystery out for you,and I have to say I  Smile have great memories of this same area.
pent boy

Tyr Graig bus stop.

Haydn, you have got Aberbeeg bus stop mixed up with this one.The building just past the bus stop was a urinal,opposite the turning to Tyr Graig school and Brynhithel.The bus stop you are thinking of is the next one on the top of the hill down to Aberbeeg,opposite Babbettes ladies hairdressers.Iworked on Ralphs 62/67 and remember Jack very well,always very dapper with his little moustache.Sam Thorne was another inspector and Ivor Evans was in charge of the depot.He was always telling me off for not wearing a uniform cap
Dave

Pent Boy  Thanks  Edward St   going back to around 1915, Evans the name,   have some pics from last time down there, will have to find them     Dave
Dave

Dave wrote:
Remember my Auntie saying that Granddad used to take the youngster`s to Remembrance,   visited myself a few times.

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=78512



May 2007


Dave

Dave wrote:
Pent Boy  Thanks  Edward St   going back to around 1915, Evans the name,   have some pics from last time down there, will have to find them     Dave


Dad born at No 2



pent boy

Edward street

Hi Dave,photo looks like top house just below Oxford st.Remembered a couple more names from Edward st,Nicholls, and Jones just below your house with son Gareth, and daughter Glenys.Cheers.
Dave

Visited the area today,  
also looked at the progress of the Six Bells Miners Memorial,  still hope to there on the 28th June

KISSAKALENA7

INTERESTING IN THE AREA

THAT WHERE MY GRANDMOTHER BORN RAISED.. WHEN SHE MOVED FROM THAT AREA TO USA WHEN SHE WAS 20'S OR 30'S THAT DAY SHE IS IN BRITISH AIR FORCE BAND IF YOU KNOW HER NAME IS MARGARET PALMER ?? SMILE
Dave

Found this pic in a Museum at Wythall,  it shows Abertillery, hard going for the bus, which St ?





hardrock

hi there  
         this is Oxford st one of the widest streets in Aber opposite is Gelli Crug school
          cheers   Smile
Dave

hardrock wrote:
hi there  
         this is Oxford st one of the widest streets in Aber opposite is Gelli Crug school
          cheers   Smile


  Thanks  Smile
Carolyn

Same bus service, different location

pent boy

BUSES

Hi Caroline, another good photo of one of Henleys buses, this time at the bus stop between Attlee avenue and George Dagger avenue on the Roseheyworth estate. I must have got off the bus here hundreds of times in the 1950s, I recall the drivers names as Arthur Henley the owner, Don a dark headed chap, and Ray a tall chap with light coloured wavy hair. They also had conductresses but I cant bring any of their names to mind.
pent boy

buses

Just had another look at the photo trying to remember who lived in the houses. The semi at the top were Padgetts to the left and Rices to the right, the one on the bus stop was either Reg Morgan or Bernard Jones who played prop for Abertillery,not quite sure of that one.
bill

Henley's

The house on the corner is where an old friend of mine lived, mid to late 50's. Kerry Jones, sadly he just recently passed away. His fathers name was Chris Jones used to work at Cwmtillery pit. His sister Shirley still lives in Aber. Great photo Carolyn!
Anthony Earl-Williams

Abertillery

Does anyone remember Percy May, the Barber in town? Such a lovely man. I always liked going there as long as I lived in Abertillery, and even went to him sometimes when we'd moved to Ebbw Vale.
He always used a perfumed 'mist' when he'd finished the hair cut. Can't recall that in any other barbers!
I know he died and that his wife wrote a moving piece about him in the Gwent Gazette.
How many years ago is that now?
Anthony
martyn142

I was always taken to Percy May and he was great with children. I remember he used to have a booster seat with I was allowed to put onto the chair so that he could reach me. And, yes, I remember having the mist sprayed all over me  Very Happy

On a similar vein, it is probably common knowledge, but I didn't know until I was in my 20s, that Jack Nadal had fought in the Spanish Civil War. I was getting my hair cut there and it somehow came up in conversation. He fought for the Royalists against Franco's fascists.
bill

Barber's.

Didn't Old Jimmy Doolan cut hair for a while? I think I can remember going to him as kid up Blaenau Gwent, he also put a plank of wood on the chair for us nippers . But he cut hair the modern way, put a bowl around your head and cut around the edge. Came out looking like a Mushroom.    Bill.
martyn142

I also had my hair cut by Harry Thomas in Cwmtillery Pit ambulance room once.

I seemed to spend most of my childhood over there - I was never taken to hospital if I got hurt (which I did often as I was very accident prone). It was always the ambulance room.  Very Happy
ivorjbody


Have the names of all the nurses, sister, Doctors and Male nurse of the Abertillery District hospital photos shown. Pictures taken, I think 1940/50? My auntie is the Matron Grace Elizabeth Body. Does anyone know where the photo was taken. Looked on maps.google.com and there is a building to the left pathway with 2 garages which could be the one in the picture. Also someone might know the date. Thanks ivor
ivorjbody

Hi Does any one know the address of the Abertillery and District general hospital. Sent a letter Pendarren Road, Aberbeeg Abertillery NP13  2XA. Was returned "Address inaccessable" by Royal Mail.
Thanks ivor

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