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cardiff



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:15 pm    Post subject: Shops in Abertillery in 1950'/60s  Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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Mary Ann



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:32 pm    Post subject: Abertillery Shops Reply with quote

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!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[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.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:27 pm    Post subject: Shops in ABERTILLERY in 1950/60 Reply with quote

Good photo No 1  where is No 2 gone, All gone now maybe thanks to Labour.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:33 pm    Post subject: shops Reply with quote

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



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Abertillery Shops Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:53 pm    Post subject: shops Reply with quote

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

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