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Shops in Abertillery in 1950'/60s

Can anyone remember the name of the large sweet shop in Church Street located on the same side as the church. We went every Saturday to choose our treat for the weekend, but when talking about this recently, none of us can recall  the name.   Would be grateful if someone can tell me. Thanks
stoob

Hi a guy called Edgar Smith owned a few sweet shops in Abertillery and I believe he sold one to Meeson's.
Can't recall it myself, but coming up from the church I remember The Argus Offices, Tom Evans jeweller and Rediffusion,
Sure to be somebody on here that can help though.
Mary Ann

Yes, your memory serves you right.  
I believe E J Smith owned three sweet shops in Abertillery, the
one in Church Street. another on the corner of Carmel Street opposite
the Midland Bank and one at the far end of Somerset Street. The first
two were taken over by Meesons. Then there was Howells shop where
The Bear is now and I believe they also had one near to where
Ralphs Club and the fish and chip shop were at the Bottom of Station Hill.
There was also another sweet shop at the bottom of Carlyle Street
opposite the Empress Cinema.
They all seemed to do a good trade, supported especially by the cinemagoers , but of course in the 50's  Abertillery had four cinemas. two
of which changed their programme midweek and all ran two houses each evening.
How times have changed.
stoob

Great nostalgia Mary Ann but for me "Dolls" was legendary, never missed it on the way to Abertillery Park.
Can you remember the park they used to have outdoor swimming, cycling events, the police athletic events and tennis for the locals.
Take care
Mary Ann

I know we are off topic now Bryan (I've sussed out who you are !) but you forgot to mention theAnnuial Horse Show - I used to love that.
stoob

Good picture of that Gymkhana on The Abertillery 2012 calendar.
Anthony Earl-Williams

Abertillery Shops

Can anyone remember Mr Flook at Six Bells?  Near the lane down to the station. Bit of an Alladin's cave, I thought as a boy. And Mrs Meek, of course, on Alexandra Road. Her front room was a sweet shop and a mega for us Six Bells children. I recall my father being partial to her toffee nut crunch when he gave up smoking in 1963! I think she made it herself.
And who remembers the quite large chemist in Somerset Street? On the corner. My mother was very friendly with the lady who owned it. She was a pharmacist as well. I always called her Aunty Marion. She had enormous shelves and she let the children hide behind them in a sort of corridor.
Mary Ann, you are sure to know the shop!
Anthony
stoob

Mary Ann

Not a particularly good picture of the top end taken July 69 with plenty of deceased shops.
In those days you had the choice of Jones or Olivers for shoes before popping next door for wallpaper for the boudoir.


Mary Ann

[quote="stoob:17797"]Mary Ann
Hello Stoobs
I think it's a very good picture .  Is that Prince Charles in the car on his tour of the Principality before his Investiture as Prince of Wales?
(Those ladies in the foreground of the picture seem to have dressed up for the occasion).
So many thriving shops and I can think of at least another four dedicated shoe shops in the town then.  Things have changed so much in the last
40 odd years, and not always  for the better.  If only we could turn back the clock.
stoob

Morning Mary Ann

The Lib, Hair Salon and Old Red and White Offices on this one.
Don't know if there were flats above but we'll assume the curtains were at the laundrette.
Take care and enjoy your day.


cowpat

Shops in ABERTILLERY in 1950/60

Good photo No 1  where is No 2 gone, All gone now maybe thanks to Labour.
Anthony Earl-Williams

shops

Cowpat,
      Even I cannot see how we can blame Labour for the vanished photo!!!
Anthony
Mary Ann

Re: Abertillery Shops

Hello Anthony

You asked about the Chemist's  shop at the corner of Somerset Street.
I presume the one that was next to Landons Newsagents
and opposite the Old Tylerians Club.
I know that the name of the lady who ran this shop was  Marian, and  believe that her surnamewas Alexander.
For some reason (I shall try to find out why) this shop was referred to as "Bunnies", but I always thought that it  belonged to T H Pritchard who also had other shops in Abertillery and Blaina
The shop has been empty for a long time now but was used as a
Ladies Clothes Shop for a good many years after the Chemist
shut down.
stoob

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Anthony Earl-Williams

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Thank you, Mary Ann,
          Yes, that is right - next to Landons and on the corner.
It might have belonged to Pritchards, and perhaps I am wrong that Aunty Marion, as I called her, owned it. She always kept a big bowl of hard-boiled sweets on the counter, I think to sell, but she often gave one to the children.
I can still picture her in her white chemist's coat. My mother was very fond of her, as was I.  I suppose she must now be dead, unless, like my mother, she is in her 90s.  Does anyone know?
Mother would say(if there was no school) "Now we'll go up to Mass at St. Mary's this morning, and then we'll pop in to see Aunty Marion".  I was too young to know more about her.
How many years since the shop closed?
My older half-brother, Derek, in Cardiff has lovely memories of both the Bon Marche and Pontlottyn stores.
All a shame - but even in Hampstead, with all its wealth, there are several boarded-up shops. Blame the supermarkets.
Mary Portas, so called "Queen of Shops" is trying to do something about High Street shops. Nice lady. I've met her. She ought to take a trip to Abertillery!
Did you know Edmund Rosser, the butcher? His wife(nee Hilda Handy) was dad's first cousin. Edmund cut his throat with his own butcher's cleaver; Aunty Hilda came back one day from the shops and found him lying dead on the bathroom floor in a pool of blood. She seemed to get over it quite well, we thought at the time!! No, I shouldn't say that. It was a good thing if she did do her best to "get over it".  Very sad. Money does not make for happiness.
Anthony
stoob

stoob

The sweet shop at the end of Carmel Street opposite the arcade was called Howells in the 60's and Hughes florist was next door advancing up Commercial Street.
Anthony Earl-Williams

shops

is Hughes florists still there?
A
stoob

.Hughes and Howells on Commercial Street, now The Bear.

Anthony Earl-Williams

shops

Hi, stoob,
                    Yes, I bought some flowers in Eileen Jenkins shop when last in Aber - to take to Christine Tidey's mother's grave in Cwmtillery.
Interesting about Ann Summers!
By the way, I gather Sommerfield became the Co-Op but that that has also closed. Can this be true?
And how many years is it since the Cottonwood cafe closed? I think Mary Ann told me that a lady from the Cwmtillery branch of the Cavaciutis used to own it.
Anthony
stoob

Anthony

Somerfield is now called The Original Factory Shop and right opposite is Raffles Amusements which has a lovely facade.
The Molina's are related to the Cavacuiti's and Jean currently lives there and Jacks returning from Italy this week apparently for good.
Use to go in there for a steam pie and a game on the pinball.
Take care
Anthony Earl-Williams

shops

Yes, I liked going into the Cottonwood. Used to love their steaming mugs of horlicks, sometimes when waiting for the Jones' Bus to Ebbw Vale in the winter. As long as the driver was also in there having a cuppa, you knew you wouldn't miss the bus!! Perhaps it closed because the bus stop to EV changed position so it had less customers?
Another shop I liked was Ash's in the Arcade. I still have a lovely Wade china tortoise which I bought there with pocket money about 50 years ago. It sits on a side table in my sitting room and reminds me of Abertillery every time I look at it.
Anthony
stoob

Anthony

50 years ago you say, didn't take it home by train did you.?????.
Anthony Earl-Williams

shops

No, Bryan!
Used to walk to town from Richmond Road. Sometimes as a treat I was allowed to go on the old Colliers Bus which used to run up and down Bryngwyn Road and over to Windsor Road. Stopped nearly outside our back gate which was on Bryngwyn Road. It was their old model with the pre-War "pointed" engine at the front. I can still remember the smell of the bus inside and the lovely high backed seats. I expect you can too.
A
stoob

Anthony Earl-Williams

shops

Grey buses = Williams, I think!
Red I don't know, other than Red & White.
Or were you thinking of a red & grey (combined) one!
We'd better get back to the shops, otherwise Martyn will accuse us of being "off topic"!
By the way, another one gone - the little post office at bottom of Cwm Cottage Road.  When did that one close? Another loss.
A
martyn142

Six Bells Post office on the corner of Princess St and Cwm Cottage Rd only closed fairly recently - within the last couple of years anyway.
Anthony Earl-Williams

shops

I think three years at least, Martyn, because I recall seeing it closed in 2009 when I wanted a couple of stamps for post cards.
But, surely, that wasn't Six Bells Post Office? That is down in Six Bells in the lower tier of shops, and isn't that one still open? I say the lower tier: it used to be next to Amy Gayley's haberdashery (Amy was Christine's aunt, a really lopvely lady). Then I think it moved up to where Mr Flook used to be - not his old shop, but near there. Correct me if I am wrong. And I assume Rosser's Six Bells butcher, just by the lane leading down to the station, has gone too. That was run by one of Uncle Edmund Rosser's three sons. I should remember his name as we are second cousins, but it escapes me! Oh, I know! Terence. His older brother was a doctor (GP) in London - retired now. I forget what the third Rosser boy did. They came to my father's funeral which was decent of them.
Must have been a bit of a local scandal for poor Terence when Uncle Edmund committed suicide. Very sad affair.
A
martyn142

The post office you are referring to is certainly still there and it is probably Six Bells Post Office. Not sure what the other one was called? I'm surprised it closed so long ago but I wouldn't like to argue the point  Smile
stoob

Anthony Earl-Williams

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Martyn, I am sure it was called Princess Street Post Office. In fact I remember my Aunt Betty, dad's sister, once showing me the cover of her Post Office Savings Book and it had "Princess Street Post Office" as the issuing office. She used to save her pennies there!
Bryan, what is this about the Grammar School mag? Are photocopied copies available? Maybe you should answer that on the Grammar School thread!
Anthony
stoob

Bollom


ANN BATH

The chemist shop next to Langdons was Ewins, Pritchard had shops in Somerset St and in Church st up by Post Office I till think it is still there as a Chemist shop.

Did Edgar Smith come from Cwmtillery. Did anyone Know him. I trying to find information for my cousin who's grandfather was Edgar Smith.
stoob

Shops in Abertillery in 1950's/60's.

Time to resuscitate this topic.


stoob

Shops in Abertillery in 1950's/60's.

Samuel Charles Holman


stoob

Shops in Abertillery in 1950's/60's.

High Street.


blind arsene

Does anyone remember the sweet shop that sold lots of sherbert and various old sweets in the lane around the back of the british school would it be roseberry st.
stoob

Shops in Abertillery in 1950's/60's.

What decade "Arsene", believe Roseberry was an off shoot of Oak Street.
stoob

Shops in Abertillery in 1950's/60's.

Teds


stoob

Shops in Abertillery in 1950's/60's.

Moxley's


blind arsene

shops in the 50s/60s

Hi Stoob sorry for the late reply the shop I was thinking about was on the lane /hill that ran at the rear of the British school and then led up to Gladstone st.
I went to the British school late 60s early 70s.
stoob

Shops in Abertillery in 1950's/60's.

Can picture the shop you mean, use to walk that way to the County early to mid 60's. Can remember the Baghurst family living around there, not sure they had a shop mind. I'll ask around.
stoob

Shops in Abertillery in 1950's/60's.

Church Street.


welshlizmiles

My Dad's oldest sister had her engagement ring and wedding ring from Tom Evans, apparently if you bought both you were given 6 Apostle teaspoons. My aunt was childless and I have her wedding ring and the teaspoons.
stoob

Shops in Abertillery in 1950's/60's.

Classic shop, one of Abertillery's finest.
pete

Shops in Abertillery in 1950'/60s

Wasn't there also a Jewelry  shop called Vincent's back then .
welshlizmiles

Yes but I can't remember where it was.
stoob

Shops in Abertillery in 1950's/60's.

Believe Vincent's was on High Street.
stoob

Shops in Abertillery in 1950's/60's.

Believe Gus Jones took over from Vincent's.


stoob

Shops in Abertillery in 1950's/60's.

Use to listen to vinyl in the booths upstairs on the right.



stoob

Shops in Abertillery 50's and 60's

gareth

Not from the 50's or 60's, but this is one of my great - grandfathers shops, he had I think 2 in Abertillery and 1 in Barry ( his younger brother was found dead, believed murdered in Barry dock in 1935 having had the shops takings stolen from him).
This one is (possibly) the shop in Carlyle street thats now boarded up...
maryann

r e emanuel

Hello Wherabouts was this shop - was it 14 Carlyle Street or 41?
I was wondering if there was a Winnie Hall in the family connections?
1911 Census the shop at 41 Carlyle Street was Harriet Hall's
Also was a Miss Emanuel a head teacher from this family.
gareth

I think this was the shop at no. 14, the Miss Emanuel was my great aunt, Marion Hughes Emanuel and she was the headteacher at ( i think) Aberbeeg infants school from the 1940's to the early 60's.
Her father Richard Edward Emanuel took over the running of the shops and I think bought out the owners in the late 1890's.
Sorry but the name Winnie or Harriet Hall doesnt ring any bells.


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KenPol683

Tom Evans Jewellers.

Bought my wife's wedding ring here in 1968. Real quality and still as good as new 47 years on.
stoob

Shops in Abertillery

Gladstone Street.


Haydn

When I was a kid we used to say " if Abertillery burned down what would be left?"
...............................WELL?

It would be Ashes, silly!
I would spend hours in there....never had the pennies to buy anything though Sad
Haydn

Oh....I forgot, does anyone remember the cafe in the arcade? Apparently an auntie of mine owned it but was someone I never met.
stoob

Shops in Abertillery in the 50's and 60's

Marenghi's





stoob

Shops in Abertillery in 1950's/60's

Woolworth's when on Somerset Street.


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