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 No37 Church Street, Abertillery (as seen to the left in the main featured image ... Read More »

Rose Heyworth Colliery – List of Fatalities

Rose Heyworth Colliery Deaths. This list of deaths at the Rose Heyworth Colliery, Abertillery covers most of those reported in National and Local Newspapers. This page will be updated as more information is received. 1882. Mr Daniel Hyde. Died 18th August 1882, aged 25. Mr Hyde tried to cross the pit while the carriage was in motion which crushed his ... Read More »

Rose Heyworth Colliery Headgear

Rose Heyworth Colliery Headgear.  In March 1875, during the sinking procedure at the Rose Heyworth Colliery, tenders (as seen left) were invited for the construction of the Pithead Framework the Headgear. A typical framework at this time was a Pitch Pine wooden headgear with flat winding rope (as seen in the main featured image above) and rope guides to guide ... Read More »


Side A record 1……. My World Turns All Around Her – Johnny Winter Side A record 2……. Under My Thumb – Wayne Gibson Side B record 3……. Fly Now – Brian Protheroe. Side B record 4……. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head – E.L.O. Label/No ……. Super Sound Stereo/SP-035. Pressed in ……. Thailand Notes ……. There is an error with ... Read More »


Photometer. A Colliery Lamproom Photometer. Manufactured by Oldham & Son Ltd, Lamps. Made from Wood, Metal and Leather. Size 15″ x 10″ x 10″ inches. Date unknown. These Photometers were used to measure the brightness of the Miners Cap Lamps. The inside of the Photometer is painted white with an internal diffuser and a light gauge. The activated Cap Lamp ... Read More »

The Drill Hall – Abertillery

The Original Drill Hall – Abertillery. During the late 1890’s the Drill Hall at Abertillery was in a room above and which was part of the Castle Inn, Castle Street, Abertillery (as seen left, centre of the image). The Castle Inn and the old Drill Hall was opposite where the entrance into Tesco is today. It was used by the ... Read More »

The Rose Heyworth Colliery Pithead Baths – Opening Ceremonial Plaque

The Rose Heyworth Colliery Pithead Baths – Opening Ceremonial Plaque. The original Opening Ceremonial Pithead Baths Plaque. Made from a Brass material. Size 18″ x 24″ inches.  The Contractors and Builders. The Baths were erected by Messrs W. Symonds & Sons, Contractors of Cardiff at a cost of £15,000. Plans were prepared by Mr J. H. Forshaw M.A., A.R.I.B.A., of the ... Read More »

Rose Heyworth Colliery Pithead Baths – Story

The Pithead Baths Proposal. In March 1929 a proposal was presented to the workers at the Rose Heyworth Colliery to have a Pithead Baths built for the benefit of the coal miners. In July 1929 a ballot was held to see if the workmen really wanted a Pithead Baths to be built in the first place and to put forward ... Read More »


ALBUM……. Eldorado. Label/No……. CBS ASF-2316. Pressed in……. South Africa. SIDE 1 Eldorado Overture. Cant Get It Out Of My Head. Boy Blue. Laredo Tornado. Poor Boy (The Greenwood). SIDE 2 Mister Kingdom. Nobody’s Child. Illusions In G Major. Eldorado. Eldorado Finale. Notes……. Read More »

Mr G. H. Handy – Tobacconist and Newsagent

Mr G. H. Handy – Tobacconist and Newsagent. In 1900 Mr G. H. Handy opened the Tobacconist and Newsagents and Fancy Dealer Shop at No25 & 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 »

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