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stoob



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:25 am    Post subject: Abertillery 1920's Post Office  Reply with quote

Hi guys Pond House originally housed the Post Office on platform 1.
By 1880 it had moved to High Street and the map shows it behind The Globe, but have seen it referred to as Church Schools Post Office, feasible it was sandwiched between the two.
1914 Kelly directory puts it in Castle Street (Cottonwood) along with the council offices.
Graham George Bennett unfortunately not on this site otherwise he could put some maps up of early Abertillery.
Glad this has come up, stirred the membership.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The post office in Church street was demolished because it was not fit for purpose. The postmen were working on three different floors, the worst being the basement which had no windows and when it rained raw sewage used to flow through it.

The previous post office to the one in Church street was the old Cottonwood cafe.
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Anthony Earl-Williams



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:52 am    Post subject: post office Reply with quote

so was there no seperate postal sorting office at Abertillery, then?
There is a very big one at Ebbw Vale, off Holland Street.
For how many years did the postmen/sorters have to put up with raw sewage in the basement? Surely that could have been dealt with, rather than demolish an attractive building. If the arrangement wasn't big enough for the sorting, the Postal authorities should have found seperate premises. Not one Post Office I ever worked at in my youth (seven) had the sorting in same building. It's not practical!!
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jimn8



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all your help with regard to Abertillery Post Office which I have added to my website at http://britishpostofficearchitects.weebly.com/abertillery.html - I wonder if anyone has an image of the building which I could use to illustrate the page?

Julian
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martyn142



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Julian - if you check your message inbox I've suggested how you might find a few images of the Post office.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:31 am    Post subject: Abertillery 1920's Post Office Reply with quote

Only got The Cottonwood ones Martyn, but gave up on photobucket ages ago.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so was there no seperate postal sorting office at Abertillery, then?
There is a very big one at Ebbw Vale, off Holland Street.
For how many years did the postmen/sorters have to put up with raw sewage in the basement? Surely that could have been dealt with, rather than demolish an attractive building. If the arrangement wasn't big enough for the sorting, the Postal authorities should have found seperate premises. Not one Post Office I ever worked at in my youth (seven) had the sorting in same building. It's not practical!!
Anthony

For your information Anthony working in seven delivery offices doesn't make you an authority on Royal Mail. Tried for two or three years to solve problem of sewage even to the extent of purchasing toilets on Foundry Bridge and demolishing them.

When the problem couldn't be fixed the sorting office was moved to a factory unit on Cwmtillery Industrial Estate which is much more efficient and practical. The post office in church street was then closed because a four storey building with six people working in was not practical and  moved to smaller premises opposite side of Church street.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even to this day the vast majority of delivery offices and P/O counters are housed in the same building.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure there were some posted of Church St PO on the Aber P&P Facebook page stoob. I suggested to Julian he joined that group and asked/searched.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:57 am    Post subject: post office Reply with quote

Grumpy,
I have not claimed to be an authority on Royal Mail. It was seven post offices in which I worked - not delivery offices. In none of them was the sorting office on the premises.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know it's a bit late but the Post Office history in Abertillery is - Mr and Mrs E Jones Pond House Railway Platform were first Postmaster & Postmistress in 1848, later moved close to the National Schools, Mr Titus Phillips took over as Postmaster. In 1896 it moved to Mr Phillips Jnr shop in Commercial Street.

In 1902 it was decided to have a purpose built Post Office built, Mr William Phillips of Glanwern House, Castle Street, Abertillery constructed the new Post Office (now known as the Cottowood).

In June 1923 Mr W. H. Hiley sold to H.M. Office of Works two leasehold shops and premises in Church Street, the old buildings that were once occupied by the Roath Furnishing Company and Mr W. Newall a Cafe owner. The vendor for whom Mr A. H. Dolman acted for was Mr A. Jackson, Confectioner Church Street, Abertillery.

On Tuesday 1st December 1925 the new Post Office at Church Street, Abertillery was opened. It had been built and financed by the Crown. The new post office was posting 22,000 letters per week with 28,300 letters being delivered per week.

On the 25th February 1989 the Sorting Office moved from Church Street to a unit at the Cwmtillery Industrial Estate.

On the 22nd March 1991 the General Post Office at Church St closed as a Crown Office and went private.

On 14th September 1991 the General Post Office at Church Street closed for the last time. A new Post Office opened in the old Barrell's shop opposite. That closed and a new one opened in the Anvil Court building, Church Street. The Post Office facilities moved from Anvil Court in about 2015 and was taken into the convenience store at the old Liberal Club building on the Foundry Bridge.

The first Postmistress at Abertillery, Mrs Jane Jones nee Hughes, was originally from Six Bells/Aberbeeg, her brother's grandson born in the USA was Mr Charles Evan Hughes, he became a very successful politician, he defeated Mr William Randolph Hearst in 1906 to become the Governor of New York. He also ran for President in 1916 but was defeated by Mr Woodrow Wilson. More detailed information - https://outoftheblueartifacts.com/abertillery-post-offices/

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