Abertillery History

Harmstons Music Stores – Hire Instalment Book

Harmstons Music Stores – Hire Instalment Book. This book was from the Pontypool branch of the Harmstons Music Stores Company. It was the hire instalment book belonging to a Mr Godfrey Griffiths of Garndiffaith, Pontypool. Book size is 6″ x 3″ inches. Dated 19th January 1920. This hire instalment book was kindly donated to the site courtesy of Mr Arthur ... Read More »

Coed Iorwg House – Abertillery

Messrs Williams. Coed Iorwg is the large double fronted house in its own grounds sited on High Street where the Abertillery multi-storey car park would later be built. The house can be seen (centre-right on the main featured image above). The premises was partly covered in creeping ivy and was used as the backdrop of many sports team photographs in ... Read More »

Powell’s Tillery Water Polo Team – The Early Years

Powell’s Tillery Steam Coal Company Water Polo Team – The Early Years. On Monday 5th September 1910 the Powell’s Tillery Institute Baths opened in an extension to their institute on Division Street, Abertillery. During the opening ceremony the Newport Swimming Club performed an aquatic display, swimming exhibitions and a water polo match. After the opening of the swimming pool the ... Read More »

Brynmawr Canine Society Medallion – 1927

Brynmawr Canine Society. On Wednesday 23rd March 1927 the first annual members dog show under the auspices of the Brynmawr and District Canine Society took place at the Market Hall Brynmawr. The number of entries totalled over 200 and it was stated that the quality was high. The Officials at the Show. The officials at the show were as follows ... Read More »

The Abertillery Miners Institute and the Story of the Women’s Support Group and Blaenau Gwent Food Fund- 1984-1985

The Abertillery Miners Institute – 1984-1985. The old Powell’s Tillery Institute built in 1898 sadly burned down on Monday 16th April 1951 and was later rebuilt, the opening ceremony of the newly re-built Abertillery Miners Institute took place on Saturday 27th August 1955. The Abertillery Miners Institute was the home of the Six Bells, Rose Heyworth and Cwmtillery Colliery Lodges ... Read More »

Mrs Pearl Williams – Abertillery Women’s Support Group

Mrs Pearl Williams – Abertillery Women’s Support Group. Mrs Pearl Williams was one of the founder members of the Abertillery Women’s Support Group, became heavily involved in the organising, distribution and provision of meals at the kitchen in the Abertillery Miners Institute and later turned her attention to political activities in connection with the miners during the strike. The Women’s ... Read More »

Abertillery Women’s Support Group

Abertillery Women’s Support Group. Some of the women of the Abertillery Support Group at the Abertillery Miners Institute.  The Abertillery Womens Support Group. In July 1984 a group of women from Abertillery, a varied group, some miners wives, others with miners in their families and some with no mining connections at all banded together to form the Abertillery Women’s Support ... Read More »

Abertillery Women’s Support Group

Abertillery Women’s Support Group. Some of the women of the Abertillery Support Group at the Abertillery Miners Institute. The Abertillery Womens Support Group. In July 1984 a group of women from Abertillery, a varied group, some miners wives, others with miners in their families and some with no mining connections at all banded together to form the Abertillery Women’s Support ... Read More »

The Blaenau Gwent & Rhymney Food Fund

The Blaenau Gwent & Rhymney Food Fund. A few months into the miners strike it seemed inevitable that it was going to be a long drawn out battle between the National Coal Board and the National Union of Mineworkers, many miners that were out of work were not getting paid, debts were piling up, the outlook for talks on resolving ... Read More »

The Cycle Ride – Reading to Rose Heyworth Colliery Pithead 1984

The Cycle Ride – Reading to Rose Heyworth Colliery Pithead 1984. In the summer of 1984 it was proposed to organise a sponsored bike-ride from Reading, Berkshire to Rose Heyworth Colliery Pithead to raise funds for the Blaenau Gwent Food Fund. Organised by Mick and Terri Bishop of Reading it featured their son Duane Bishop and another young volunteer who ... Read More »

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