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. Trucks ... Read More »

Oak Street Cafés and Refreshment Rooms

Oak Street Cafés and Refreshment Rooms. In the latter part of the 19th century quite a few Coffee Houses and Refreshment Rooms were being established in Abertillery. The area of Oak Street (as seen to the left on the featured image above) close to the Railway Station was ideal for these establishments. Mr Jordan’s Coffee Tavern. In the 1880s Mr William ... Read More »

Cafés and Refreshment Rooms in Town

Cafés and Refreshment Rooms in Town. Mr Smith’s Coffee House. In 1891 Mr Thomas Smith had a Coffee House in Market Street, Abertillery. The Arcade Cafe. In the late 1890s the Italians come to the valley and Antonio and Louis Bracchi came to Abertillery and opened a Café/Ice Cream parlour in the new Arcade, No5 the Arcade, High St in ... Read More »

Church Street Cafés and Refreshment Rooms

Church Street Cafés and Refreshment Rooms. The Tillery Restaurant. In 1894 The Tillery Restaurant was opened by Mrs A. Challenger at No30 Church Street, Abertillery.   The Waverley Hotel. In 1910 The Waverley Hotel, was advertised as being in Church Street, Abertillery. The proprietors were Messrs J. F. Jones. Later ads stated the Waverley Hotel was situated at High Street and ... Read More »

Briggs Boot & Shoe Company – Somerset Street

Messrs Briggs & Co Boot and Shoe Manufacturers. Messrs Briggs & Co were Mr William Edwin Briggs and his son Mr Arthur Edwin Briggs, a family of Boot and Shoe Manufacturers from Leicester. They had stores in all major towns with many in South Wales including Brynmawr, Risca, Blackwood, Abercarn, Ebbw Vale and Newbridge. In the early 1900s the Messrs ... 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 »

The F. W. Woolworth Store 1931-2009

The F. W. Woolworth Store. The Woolworth empire was started by Mr Frank Winfield Woolworth aided by his brother Charles Sumner Woolworth in 1879. His first store at Utica New York was started but with limited success, he relocated to Lancaster, Pennsylvania and later at Harrisburg, Reading and Scranton. These stores were called the Five & Dime Store’s, the 5c ... Read More »

Mr Alfred Prosser Williams 1849-1932.

Mr Alfred Prosser Williams 1849-1932. Mr Alfred Prosser Williams – A. P. Williams born on 25th March 1849, was one of Abertillery’s most renowned building contractors. He constructed the new Market Hall building, The Globe Hotel, The Abertillery Vicarage in Church Street and also re-built St Michaels Church, he built the Co-operative in Church Street. He built many schools including ... Read More »

Mr Lewis Reynolds Rogers of Rogers Buildings – Abertillery

Mr Lewis Reynolds Rogers of Rogers Buildings, Abertillery 1857-1894. Mr L. R. Rogers was a tradesman and proprietor of the Abertillery Tea Exchange. Mr Rogers descended from the old respected family of that name and was the son of Mr William Rogers, the Engineer to the Cwmnantygroes Colliery Company. At an early age he was apprenticed to Mr George Hiley ... Read More »

The Arcade Abertillery

The Arcade Abertillery. The were buildings in and around what we now know as the Arcade area from the early build-up of the town. In 1856 Sir Thomas Phillips and Messrs T. P. & D. Price (Penybont Colliery owners) along with Mr John Conway (Abertillery Tin Works proprietor) set up the first Reading Rooms at Abertillery, the Reading Rooms were ... Read More »

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