Alexandra Skating Rink – Six Bells

The Alexandra Buildings Skating Rink and Cinema. The Alexandra Buildings (as seen in the middle of the main featured image above) were constructed by Messrs Skidmore and McWhirter in the early 1900’s on the south side of Alexandra Road, between the road and the back lane at Six Bells.    Messrs Skidmore & McWhirter. Mr Edward Skidmore and Mr Peter ... Read More »

Cwmtillery West Side Social and Sports Club

Cwmtillery West Side Social and Sports Club. The Cwmtillery West Side Social and Sports Club (as seen circled on the map in the featured image above) was, I believe, a wooden structure built on West Bank between Doctors Lane and the Methodist Church, Cwmtillery,  located about 400′ feet north of Winifred Terrace on Ty-Dan-y-Wal. It was funded by the Social ... Read More »

An Early History of the Choirs and Choral Unions – Abertillery

An Early History of the Choirs and Choral Unions – Abertillery. From the mid 19th century, Abertillery, like many other towns has had organised choirs, mostly junior parties in connection with religious activities within the church and other small societies. Later various senior male voice choirs appeared and since there has been many singing parties based in and around Abertillery ... Read More »

New Market Hall – Brynmawr

Market Hall, Brynmawr – An Early History. A market house for Brynmawr was first mentioned in a meeting of the inhabitants of Brynmawr in September 1839 and was covered in a newspaper report (as seen left) featured in the Glamorgan, Monmouth and Brecon Gazette, published on the 28th September 1839. The Meeting. On Monday 16th September 1839 the said meeting ... Read More »

Abertillery Operatic Society – The Formation

Abertillery Operatic Society. The Abertillery Operatic Society was formed on Wednesday 6th December 1916 after a meeting held in the Church School, Abertillery. The meeting voted Dr Gordon Bennett the president along with a number of prominent ladies and gentlemen to be vice-presidents. Mr M. E. Thomas was chairman; Mr J. R. Powell as vice-chairman; Mr Edgar Hancock as treasurer; ... Read More »

The Kino Cinema

The Kino Cinema. The Kino Cinema at Six Bells, Abertillery, opened in 1913. It was located in the Alexandra Buildings down behind Alexandra Road in the old Alexandra Skating Rink building originally constructed by the contractors Messrs Skidmore and McWhirter of Six Bells. The Skating Rink closed in about 1911 and in 1912 the old skating rink building was planned ... Read More »

The Market Hall – The Metropole Theatre

The Market Hall – The Metropole Theatre. I don’t know when the original Market Hall was constructed though I have seen it listed as a venue as early as the early 1880’s. It was featured on old maps but I have never seen or heard of any images of the building. The Abertillery Market and Public Hall Co Ltd. In ... Read More »

Circus Entertainment in the Valley

Circus Entertainment in the Valley. In 1859 the Sangers Circus came to Brynmawr, the earliest known visit to the valley’s by a circus. Mr A. Frost. In May 1889 Mr A Frost, a circus acrobat announced that he would go 1,000 feet up in the air over Blaina hanging onto the tail of a balloon, then would attempt to fall ... Read More »

Portable Travelling Theatres at Abertillery

Portable Travelling Theatres at Abertillery. In the late 1880’s early 1890’s many towns were visited by portable travelling theatre companies. It must have been quite a site seeing these travelling companies rolling into town, the logistics of it all must have been something to be admired. The theatres were in a sort of kit-form, with timber and canvas walls, joists, ... Read More »

The Picture Palace

The Picture Palace. The Picture Palace Abertillery was situated at the junction of King Street and Carmel Street Abertillery. The Building and Equipment Corporation Ltd. In May 1911 a company called the Building and Equipment Corporation Ltd produced plans for a new picture palace which was to be built at Abertillery, the plans were presented to the council by Mr ... Read More »

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