General History

Abertillery War Memorial

Abertillery War Memorial. After the Great War of 1914-1918 and prior to the erection of the War Memorial the people of Abertillery attended Remembrance Day Services every November 11th at various buildings in the town. The main procession was formed at the Drill Hall with a walk to the Parish Church where memorial services were held. The Salvation Army used ... Read More »

Mr John Monks – Contractor, Crumlin and Blaina

Mr John Monks – Contractor. Mr John Monks was born in Bath in 1852. After the death of his father in 1869 he came to Monmouthshire and entered into the employment of his uncle Mr J. Cox at Crosskeys. He moved to Newport and was employed by Messrs Firbank, Railway Contractors. It was reported he was with this firm during ... Read More »

The New Road – Abertillery to Crumlin

The New Road – Abertillery to Crumlin. A new road from Abertillery to Crumlin was first mentioned as early as 1878 but not officially stated as a priority. The featured image (above) shows the new road being constructed from Cwm Street, Abertillery down through the fields of Six Bells. This section was later called Alexandra Road. On Tuesday 2nd December ... Read More »

Old Penybont Road – Penybont Cwmtillery

Old Penybont Road – Penybont Cwmtillery. An image of Old Penybont Road taken from the New Bridge End Hotel, Cwmtillery. In very early reports on this area Old Penybont Road was known as Railway Terrace. The cottages have been renumbered over the years but the information below is from the latter half of the 1890s In the centre of the ... Read More »

The Band Stand – Abertillery

The Band Stand – Abertillery. On Tuesday 2nd July 1889 the need for a Band Stand at Abertillery was first proposed. At a meeting of the Abertillery Chamber of Trade held at the National School Room the following gentlemen were present – Mr Arthur Tilney (Chairman); Mr Joseph Wallace; Mr J. Williams; Mr William Jordan; Mr Joseph Price; Mr William ... Read More »

Brynmawr Library and Institute – Alma Street Brynmawr

Brynmawr Library and Institute – Alma Street Brynmawr. In March 1892 the need for a public Library and Park was first raised at a public meeting held at Pearson’s Auction Mart, on Market Square, Brynmawr. In September 1895 a meeting of the Librarian Association of Great Britain held in Cardiff read a letter in connection with the Brynmawr Council and ... Read More »

Mr David Francis Pritchard – Western Valley’s Brewery Crumlin

Mr David Francis Pritchard – Crumlin. Mr David Francis Pritchard, was born in Llangynidr, Brecknockshire in 1848, the son of Mr Edward and Sarah Pritchard of Llanfrynach, Brecon. In 1880 Mr David F. Pritchard married Mary Durrant Gibbins. Mary Durrant Gibbins was born in Devonshire on 26th July 1852. A short while after they moved to Buchan Terrace, Rhymney and ... Read More »

Oddfellows Hall – Abertillery

Oddfellows Hall. In the late 1850s early 1860s after losing their Abertillery headquarters the Oddfellows Arms, the Oddfellows Society planned to have a new Hall erected. In March 1862 a new Hall had been built somewhere in Abertillery, I don’t know where the New Hall was situated though there was a court case just after its construction involving non payment ... Read More »

The Limes – Abertillery

The Limes House, Abertillery House – Abertillery. The Limes House (as seen middle left on the featured images above surrounded by trees and just behind the railway lines) was originally called The Abertillery House. It was one of the oldest premises in the area. In Mr Edmund Jones first Book written in 1779 called “The History of Aberystruth” he mentions ... Read More »

The Gaen Brothers – Contractors

The Gaen Brothers, Building Contractors. The Gaen Brothers comprised Messrs Thomas Gaen born 1862; Charles Gaen born 1864 and Frederick Gaen born 1869. The family¬†were from Langton Matravers, Dorset, the sons of Mr John Thomas Gaen¬†and Ellen Gaen. Their father was a Stone Mason and all three sons entered the trade at an early age as Builders, Masons and Contractors. ... Read More »

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