Trade

H. Connop & Son Stores – Beaufort Street, Brynmawr

H. Connop & Son Stores – Brynmawr. During the 1870s Mr Henry Connop Snr was at Brynmawr with his wife Ann Connop nee Pickard. The store, H. Connop & Son situated at No54 Beaufort Street, Brynmawr (can be seen far left in the featured image above) Mr Henry Connop Snr. Mr Henry Connop Snr was born in 1818 at Coventry, Warwickshire, ... Read More »

Havard and Morgan – Aerated Mineral Water Manufacturers Nantyglo

Havard and Morgan – Aerated Mineral Water Manufacturers Nantyglo. Messrs Havard and Morgan consisted of the partnership of Mr William Griffiths Morgan and Mr Thomas Havard. Mr William Griffiths Morgan. Mr William Griffiths Morgan, born 1875 was the son of Mr Thomas Morgan and Martha Morgan nee Phillips. His father Thomas Morgan was a Wesleyan Minister originally from St Davids, ... 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 »

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 »

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