Mr Moses Adams – Abertillery Contractor and Builder – Illuminated Address

Mr Moses Adams – Abertillery Contractor and Builder – Illuminated Address

Mr Moses Adams Illuminated Address.
This large illuminated address was presented to Mr Moses Adams upon the occasion of the family leaving Abertillery to reside at Waun Fawr House, Risca, Monmouthshire.

Size 31 1/2″ x 25 1/2″ inches.

Moses Adams Illuminated Address Presentation.
On Monday 8th May 1911 a presentation meeting and public tea was held at the Newall Street Primitive Methodist Church, Abertillery in connection with the presentation of an illuminated address to Mr Moses Adams, building contractor of Abertillery upon the occasion of the family leaving Abertillery to reside at Waun Fawr House, Risca. 

Mr J. Tarrant J.P., made the presentation of the illuminated address, Mrs Carter presented Mrs Adams with a pair of vases on behalf of the ladies.

The writing on the address is as follows –
Honour to Whom Honour is Due:

Newall Street P.M. Church Abertillery, Mon.

Presented to Mr Moses Adams.
Dear Brother:
Upon your removal from us to another circuit we feel that we cannot let you go without expressing our great indebtedness to you for all the help you and your family have been to us. We desire therefore that you accept this address as a small token of our appreciation and gratitude especially for the services you have rendered in the building, first of the Church and now the Sunday School: We owe it to you that the work has been carried out so well and at a considerably less cost because of both your supervision and gifts: We pray for you, Mrs Adams and family a long and happy and useful life on Earth and then after in the home of Heaven:

Signed on behalf of the Church, April 1911.
Rev T. Humphries and Rev G. R. Brake, Ministers.

Designed and illuminated by – Mr H. A. Hiley of 6 Barry Road, Cadoxton.

Mr Moses Adams.
Mr Moses Adams (Contractor and Builder of Abertillery) was born in 1868 at Tredegar, the second son of Moses and Mary Adams of Tredegar, South Wales.

Mr Moses Adams Senior.
Mr Moses Adams senior married Miss Mary Lewis on the 24th December 1864.

On the 1871 census the family lived at 89 High Street, Tredegar – Mr Moses Adams senior (Head) born in 1843 at Tredegar, Mrs Mary Adams nee Lewis born in 1847 at Beaufort, Ebbw Vale and children – Master’s Robert Adams, born in 1866, Moses Adams, born 1868 and Lewis Adams, born in 1870. In the late 1870’s the family moved to Mynydislwyn.

Mr Moses Adams Senior Leaving for the USA.
In October 1880 Moses Adams senior travelled to the USA and left his wife and family at home at Mynydislwyn.

On the 1881 census Mrs Mary Adams was (Head) of the household living at Highland Place, Mynydislwyn with her children – Master’s Robert Adams, Moses Adams, Lewis Adams with Edwin Adams, Arthur Adams and Albert Adams. At this time Moses Adams junior was working as a telegraph clerk.

In the early 1880’s Moses Adams senior came back from the USA and re-joined his family. It is reported that they moved to Abertillery in 1881.

The Forge Hammer Inn.
In 1884 Moses senior and Mary Adams and family moved into the Forge Hammer Inn, Abertillery and Mr Moses Adams senior was a colliery contractor and licensee, they lived at the inn with their children – Moses Adams junior, Lewis Adams, Edwin Adams and Bertie Adams.

Mr Moses Adams Junior.
In 1887 Moses Adams junior (as seen left) left the family home at the Forge Hammer Inn and married Miss Emma Turner of Cwmnantygroes, Six Bells, the daughter of Mrs Ann Turner.

The Turner family were green-grocers in the 1870’s at Market Street, Abertillery. Moses and Emma lived at 60 Tillery Road, Abertillery, Moses Adams worked as a pit banksman, more than probably at the Penybont Colliery, Abertillery.

In 1897 Mr Moses Adams junior became a councillor at Abertillery and later began work as a building contractor.

Mr Moses Adams Junior – Building Contractor.
On the 1901 census Moses and Emma Adams were living at 100 Tillery Street, Abertillery. They were living at the address with their children – Miss Mary Ann Adams, born in 1887, Master Robert Adams, born in 1889, Master Samuel Adams, born in 1891, Master Alfred Adams, born in 1893, Master William Adams, born in 1895, Miss Bertha Adams, born in 1897, Miss Thurza Adams, born in 1899 and Miss Florence May Adams, born in 1901. At this time Moses Adams junior was a colliery contractor for Messrs Powell’s Tillery Steam Coal Co at Penybont, Abertillery.

Mr Moses Adams junior became a very accomplished contractor and builder and was working constructing houses for the colliery company and also carrying out other major building contracts in the area in his own name.

Mr Moses Adams Senior.
On the 1901 census, after the closure of the Forge Hammer Inn Mr Moses Adams senior was living at 69 Castle Street, Abertillery.

The Death of Mr Moses Adams Senior.
On Saturday 28th September 1907 Mr Moses Adams senior passed away at 64 years of age. Mr Adams was living at 62 Tillery Street, Abertillery. His obituary stated his son Mr Edwin Adams was licensee of the Prince of Wales Inn, Abertillery.

Some of the Many Building Projects Completed by Mr Moses Adams Junior.
In 1903 Mr Moses Adams had built over twenty houses at Gelli Crug and his address at this time was 1 Gelli Crug Road, Abertillery.

Lecture Hall and Schoolrooms at the Ebenezer Chapel.
In 1904 he constructed the new Lecture Hall and Schoolrooms at the Ebenezer Chapel, Abertillery.

In 1904 he became a member at the Liberal and Labour Club, Abertillery later known as the Liberal Snooker Club. Mr Adams was member number 138 and held one-share in the club.

Aberbeeg Primitive Methodist Chapel.
In 1905 he constructed Aberbeeg Primitive Methodist Chapel.

Cwm Street Primitive Methodist Chapel.
In 1905 he built two cottages in the grounds of the Cwm Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Abertillery.

Newall Street Primitive Methodist Chapel.
In 1906 he built the Newall Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Abertillery.

In 1909 he applied to build seven more houses at Gelli Crug Road, it is believed that in recognition Adam Street was named in his honour. He later constructed and sold houses at Newtown, Crosskeys, Risca.

Renovations at the Ebenezer Chapel, Abertillery.
In 1909 he renovated the Ebenezer Chapel, Abertillery.

Newall Street Primitive Methodist Chapel.
In 1911 Moses Adams built a new schoolroom at the rear of the Newall Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Abertillery. The new additions were eight classrooms and a lecture hall.

Waun Fawr House – Risca.
In 1911 Mr Moses Adams and his family relocated to Waun Fawr House, Risca. Waun Fawr House was the former home of Capt. Lawrence Heyworth, the South Wales Colliery Company director and founder of the Rose Heyworth Colliery, Abertillery.

On the 1911 census Moses and Emma Adams were living at Waun Fawr House, Risca with their children – Mr Samuel Adams (Haulier), Mr Alfred Adams (Mason), Mr William Adams (Carpenter), Miss Bertha Adams, Miss Thurza Adams with Miss Florence May Adams. With Miss Doris Adams, born 1905 and Master Moses Adams, born in 1909.

Methodist Chapel at Ty Dan-y-Wal, Cwmtillery.
In 1913 Mr Moses Adams & Sons, now of Crosskeys were chosen to build the new Methodist Chapel at Ty Dan-y-Wal, Cwmtillery, the contract was completed by his son Mr Alfred Adams.

Cwm Street Primitive Methodist Chapel.
In 1914 Moses Adams and Sons were awarded the contract to build a new frontage, lecture room and classrooms at the Cwm Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Abertillery.

The Death of Mrs Emma Adams.
In 1946 Mrs Emma Adams passed away at 77 years of age.

The Death of Mr Moses Adams Junior.
In 1949 Mr Moses Adams junior passed away at 82 years of age. His death was registered at Chepstow.

The illuminated address was kindly donated by Mrs Jane Townsend-Emms, Mr Moses Adams great-granddaughter.

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