General History

The Old Tyleryans Association

The Old Tyleryans Association. The Old Tyleryans Association was formed in February 1901. It began as an association to keep a bond of union amongst the old pupils of the Intermediate School, County School. Mr W. D. Lewis Evans (Headmaster) was the President, Miss Tongue of Blaina as Treasurer and Mr A. W. Box of Oak Street, Abertillery, was Honorary ... Read More »

Mr W. D. Lewis Evans – Headmaster of the Intermediate County School Abertillery

Mr W. D. Lewis Evans. Mr W. D. Lewis Evans was born in 1871 at Cardiganshire, the son of John and Martha Evans. He was educated at Conwil Cayo Elementary School, Llansawel Grammar School and Ardwyn Secondary School at Aberystwyth. Mr Lewis Evans then proceeded to University College of Aberystwyth. He had a distinguished University career, obtaining his B.A., (London), ... Read More »

Abertillery Intermediate School and Clyn Mawr

Abertillery Intermediate County School – Circa 1905. The image shows the area of Clyn Mawr with the original Abertillery Intermediate County School opened on Wednesday 19th January 1898, extended and reopened on Wednesday 20th December 1911.   Points of Interest – At the bottom are the newly built houses of Glandwr Street. Two blocks of the Wooden Houses (far left) ... Read More »

The Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company

Railway Story, a Brief History. From the late 18th century Coal and Iron was taken from the workings in the valleys by pack-mules to the various canals for transportation to the docks. By the early 19th century more collieries in the form of coal levels were opening out in the top end of the valleys and the use of trams and ... Read More »

King Edward VIII at Abertillery

King Edward VIII at Abertillery. In November 1936 King Edward VIII announced he would visit the district during a two-day official tour of South Wales. On Wednesday 18th, the first day’s tour, would begin at Llantwit Major and end at Penrhiwceiber with the route through Merthyr Tydfil. On Thursday 19th the tour would begin at Llantarnum, at Llanfrechfa the King ... Read More »

Oak Street Cottages – Abertillery

Oak Street Cottages – Abertillery. The main image (featured above) taken sometime between 1905 and 1920 shows the Station Hotel, rebuilt in 1902 by Mr Noel Bagley, Building Contractor of Oak Street, Abertillery and the 3 attached cottages which at the time this image was taken belonged to Mr D. W. Morgan, the South Wales Argus Offices of Newport and Messrs ... Read More »

Mr Samuel Mills

Mr Samuel Mills. Mr Samuel Mills was born in 1846 at Avening, Gloucestershire, England. He later married Elizabeth (no maiden name available) also from Avening, Gloucestershire and moved to the South Wales valley’s to work at the collieries. In January 1876 the first branch of the Independent Order of the Rechabite Association was established at Abertillery, the branch was called ... Read More »

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) was constructed by Messrs Skidmore and McWhirter in the early 1900s 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 »

Mr James McBean – Surveyor for the Abertillery Local Board and District Council

Mr James McBean. Mr James McBean was born in 1849 at Beauly, Invernesshire, Scotland, the son of Mr John McBean a Publican and Auctioneer. Mr James McBean was educated at Inverness and later apprenticed to Surveying at Wrexham. He joined the Royal Engineers and became a Surveyor in the Ordnance Survey Department. Moved to Haverfordwest with the Royal Engineers/Ordnance survey, ... Read More »

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