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Messrs Ralph and Sons – Abertillery

Mr Samuel Ralph. Mr Samuel Ralph was born in 1865 at Cwmtillery, Abertillery. He was the son of Mr Henry and Eleanor Ralph of Chapel Row, Cwmtillery. Samuel was the eldest of four sons, with William, Thomas and Alfred and a daughter Sarah. In about 1884 Mr Samuel Ralph moved from the family home at Cwmtillery, married Agnes Alice nee ... Read More »

Six Bells Halt

Six Bells Halt. There were proposals for a Station at Six Bells for many years, as early as the start of the 20th century, though as Six Bells village was relatively small the G.W.R. refused to build one. Over the years as the village grew the need for a Station or a Halt for passengers from Six Bells to travel ... Read More »

Garages and Motor Repairs

Garages and Motor Cars. The first Garage and Motor Car dealer advertised in Abertillery was Mr H. J. Collier in April 1903. His premises were in Carmel Street though on the 26th June 1903 he had moved to No66 Cwm Street, Abertillery. Over the years Messrs Collier changed addresses, in 1908 they had moved to No’s52 and 54 Somerset Street ... Read More »

Abertillery Birth Control Clinics

Abertillery Birth Control Clinics. On Monday 15th June 1925 a “People’s Clinic” for Birth Control and Social Welfare was opened at the Abertillery and District Hospital, Aberbeeg. The advertisements stated that advice would be given free of charge to married women by a qualified Nurse between the hours of 10.00am and 12.30pm. For any information concerning the clinic, enquiries should ... Read More »

Abertillery Foot Clinic – Six Bells

Abertillery Foot Clinic – Six Bells. The Abertillery Foot Clinic was based at No76 Alexandra Road, Six Bells, Abertillery. The clinic was open in … with the Principal Mr W. Hunt, M.S.S.Ch., M.I.S.P (of London) Chiropodist and treatment in Chiropody etc.         Read More »

Abertillery Dental Surgeries – The Beginning

Abertillery Dental Surgeries. The earliest Dental Surgeries and Dental Surgeons I can find operating in the Abertillery area was in August 1892 when Messrs Weeks & Smart, Surgeon Dentists of the Barton House, Bristol were visiting Abertillery on the Tuesday 20th September between 9.00am and 11.00am. All information could be had from Mr Williams, No1 Carmel Street and Mr Price’s ... Read More »

The Western Valley’s Railless Traction Trolley Bus Scheme

The Western Valley’s Railless Traction Trolley Bus Scheme. The Railless Traction Trolley Bus Scheme was the introduction of a bus service with the vehicles powered by electricity through the means of overhead electric wires system. Other than the electric power the buses were normal transport buses with pneumatic rubber tyres and a overhead hanger/cradle to ensure a continuous contact with ... Read More »

Abertillery Railway Stations

Abertillery Railway Stations. The old Tram Road from Newport to Nantyglo passed through Abertillery in the 1830s-40s and when the Iron Works of Richard Walker was in production there must have been some sort of siding to transport the products. The First Station. The water colour (left) from 1857 (looking south) shows the back of the Bush Inn (left) with ... Read More »

Abertillery Fire Brigade – Formation

Abertillery Fire Brigade. On Tuesday 1st July 1890 a meeting of the Abertillery Chamber of Trade held at the National Schoolroom with the following members – Mr L. R. Rogers (Chairman); Mr D. Gulliford; Mr George Gregory; Mr J. Wright; Mr H. Cole; Mr Joseph Price; Mr J. Thomas; Mr D. Harris; Mr Jesse Carter; Mr J. E. Phillips; Mr ... Read More »

The Abertillery Rubbish Destructor

The Abertillery Rubbish Destructor. As the population of Abertillery was rapidly increasing in the late 1800s early 1900s the disposal of rubbish was becoming a problem. The established tips in the valley were overflowing, infested by rats and flies, catching fire and posing a health problem. The landowners were reluctant to sell land for the purpose of dumping and as ... Read More »

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