Mr T. H. Prichard 1867-1935.
Mr Thomas Henry Prichard was the son of the Rev John Prichard, one of the best known Baptist Ministers in South Wales who had held pastorates at Noddfa, Abersychan and Tonyrefail.
Mr T. H. Prichard (as seen left) was born in Abersychan in 1867, he served his apprenticeship as a Pharmaceutical Chemist at Porth and was for some years at Bridgend, Brynmawr, Ebbw Vale and Manchester where he qualified as M.P.S.
He opened business on his own account at Abertillery in 1892 in the Medical Hall at Cwm Street, Abertillery.
Mr T. H. Prichard also had Chemist Shops in Ely, Cwmfelinfach, Merthyr, Blaina and Nantyglo and in December 1902 it was advertised he also had a branch in Church Street Abertillery. I’m unsure of the dates the later branches opened but it was reported that his Chemists at Abertillery soon developed into one of the largest businesses of its kind in Monmouthshire.
The advert (as seen right) is from the 25th of October 1895 and one of the earliest I could find.
Mr Thomas Prichard married Miss Elizabeth Edwards, daughter of the well known Rev Eliasaph Edwards of Ebbw Vale. Thomas and Elizabeth had five children, four sons – H. E. Prichard, Oswald Prichard, Emrys Prichard and Glyn Prichard and a daughter, (more information to come)
In about 1925 Mr Prichard took his son into the business and it was renamed Prichard & Son.
Mr Prichard died in November 1935 at his home Oakleigh, Oak Street, Abertillery. The Business of the Prichards Chemists, the Medical Hall and Church Street, Abertillery is still operating under the same family name, it is the oldest continuous business in Abertillery.