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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:21 pm    Post subject: Abertillery Park Reply with quote

Stoob,
many thanks for such lovely photos of the park - also the old swimming pool before the changing rooms and terrace was built. Do you know what year the pool opened? Its loss is really sad. Wasn't there subsidence? Surely that could have been rectified.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:34 pm    Post subject: Abertillery Park Reply with quote

Will check the date for you, unfortunately a few drowned in both the park and institute baths.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:02 pm    Post subject: Abertillery Park Reply with quote

Stoob,
I can't recall the Institute. Was that another outdoor pool?
Also a pity the old lido at Six Bells fell into deriliction. Specially after the miners' hard graft in building it. I always found the ruins of it very melancholy.
By the way, where was the gated entry to the park? I don't ever recall it.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:20 am    Post subject: Abertillery Park Reply with quote

It was a very large park best part of a century back with the entrance half way up Glandwr Street. Filing system leaves a lot to be desired at the minute with bits of paper all over the place, so I'll find some dates and pictures another time.
Aberillery had excellent swimming and water polo sides in the 1930's who were based at the Institute. There was a big fire there in 1951 and although they gave it a bit of a makeover it never got back to it's best.
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Talking of the 'stute' and a makeover. The scaffolding is up and an external makeover is underway  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:29 am    Post subject: Abertillery Park Reply with quote

It seems, Stoob, as if you and I were born too late to appreciate the park in its glory days!!
You say it was very large a century ago - was some of it redeveloped for some other purpose then? Where was the bandstand situated?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:39 pm    Post subject: Abertillery Park Reply with quote

Landscaping I believe "Mal"
Bandstand wasn't there long Anthony, bottom end of the Cricket pitch, believe they moved the bowling green a few times in the early years.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the "artists" impression..

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:02 am    Post subject: Abertillery Park Reply with quote

Bandstand, Vintage Cars and Railway Lines.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hiya Mal

Are you settled in Aber now? If so and you fancy a pub quiz, pop along to the Commercial about 9pm. We could do with someone brainy on our team Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hiya Martyn
All settled in thanks. Is it tonight at the Commercial?  I'm working lates for the next 3 weeks!!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah tonight Mal. Every Thursday. It would be good if you could make it some time - we've always got a regular core but others come and go as and when.

Glad to hear you're finally settled in  Very Happy

Apologies to stoob and Anthony for diverting the thread.


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