Trade

Messrs Twissell Hairdressers & General Dealer – Aberbeeg

Messrs Twissell Hairdressers & General Dealer. From the mid 1890’s Mr Edwin Twissell and his wife Mrs Emma Twissell carried on a business as general dealers at 4 Commercial Square, Aberbeeg, Monmouthshire. Mr Edwin Twissell. Mr Edwin Twissell was born in 1845 at Trevethin, Pontypool, the son of Mr John and Mrs Susan Twissell. Mr John Twissell was a butcher ... Read More »

Mr Joseph Simons – Bristol House Abertillery

Mr Joseph Simons. Mr Joseph Simons was born in 1864 at Galicia, Vienna, Austria The family came to Brynmawr in about 1881. In 1885 Mr Joseph Simons moved to Abertillery and married Miss Prescilla Lyons of Newport, Monmouthshire and opened a furniture business at Abertillery. On the various census records it stated that Mrs Prescilla Simons nee Lyons was born ... Read More »

Mr Tom Evans – Jeweller, Abertillery

Mr Tom Evans – Jeweller. Mr Frederick Thomas Evans known as Tom Evans, was born in 1887 at Abertillery, the son of Francis and Elizabeth Evans proprietors of the Royal Oak Inn, Abertillery. The Jewel Box. In 1907 Mr Tom Evans opened a jewellery shop at 37 Church Street, Abertillery (as seen to the left in the main featured image ... Read More »

Mr G. H. Handy – Tobacconist and Newsagent

Mr G. H. Handy – Tobacconist and Newsagent. In 1900 Mr G. H. Handy opened a tobacconist and newsagents and fancy dealer shop at 25 & 26 Church Street Abertillery, opposite where Pritchard’s Chemist is today. The early advertisements showed they were also stationers. Mr George H. Handy was a coal miner and Mrs Mary Ann Handy was the shop ... Read More »

Harmstons Music Warehouse

Harmstons Music Store. The Harmston Music Warehouse Company was established at No1 Nicholas Street, Pontypool in 1887 by Mr Albert Edward Harmston of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England. The company specialised in pianos and organs. In about 1890 the music store was taken over by Mr J. J. Harmston of Penygarn, Pontypool, Monmouthshire, the younger brother of Mr A. E. Harmston and ... 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, 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 »

Photographers – Abertillery and District

Photographers – Abertillery and District. It’s generally accepted that the photographic procedure was introduced in 1839, this date is seen as the birth of photography. There were not many early photographs taken in and around the Abertillery district. The earliest I have seen is a very old image of Cwmtillery Colliery showing the old wooden headgear and the S.W.C.Co. South ... Read More »

Marenghi’s Cafe The Arcade – A Brief History

Marenghi’s Cafe History. In 1891 the Italian Guiseppe Tidaldi came to England, he set up in a partnership with Antonio and Louis Bracchi, his wifes cousin’s from Italy, they purchased a cafe in Newport in 1896 under the name of Bracchi & Co. In 1897 Guiseppe Tedaldi opened a cafe in Blaina and Blaenavon as Bracchi & Co but their ... Read More »

Mr William Adams – Grocer of Somerset Street, Abertillery

Mr William Adams – Grocer. Mr William Adams (as seen in the main featured image above) was a native of Abertillery, born in 1870, son of Mr George Adams a coal miner from Blaina and Mrs Cecelia Adams of Llanhilleth. The family lived at the Co-operative Stores Building, Church Street, Abertillery. In 1880 Mr George Adams died at the age ... Read More »

Mr Harry Evans – Fruiterer, Poulterer and Grocer, Abertillery

Mr Harry Evans – Fruiterer, Poulterer & Grocer Abertillery. The business began in the mid 1880’s when Mr James Mundy, and his wife Martha and family, were living at Abertillery and set up a fish monger & grocery business at 10 Commercial Street, Abertillery, opposite what would become the Arcade. James and Martha had married in 1886 at the Congregational ... Read More »

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