Blaenavon in old picture postcards

Blaenavon in old picture postcards

Auteur
:   Roger Bowen
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:  
Provincie
:   Torfaen
Land
:   United Kingdom
ISBN13
:   978-90-288-2269-6
Pagina's
:   80
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:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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59. The Blaenavon Company's houses in North Street and Staffordshire Row illustrate the cernpany's innovative approach to house-building. A number of different house-types can be distinguished, These particular dwellings are on the double house plan, built on a slope. Staffordshire Row (so called because many of the people who settled in Blaenavon came from the EngJish Midlands) is actually constructed above the North Street houses. The North Street dwellings gave on to the road visible in the picture, while the Staffordshire Row entrances were to the rear, at the top of the bank. The Loek-Up was adjacent to these houses. One report claims that immigrants to the area sornetimes Jived eleven to a house. Worker segregation, however, was strict; people of different trades preferred the company of their fellows - Stabie Yard was for ostlers, Bunker's Row for colliers, Shepherd Square and North Street for fumacemen.

60. Above, left: Class of 1902. Park Street Wesleyan School was built in 1871, a year after the Forster Education Act was passed to provide elementary education for all children. The more formal basis which education acquired in the late 19th century contrasts with the situation which existed in the previous century, when much depended on charity. Already in 1816, Blaenavon had acquired a Church School with 120 pupils. This school was provided by the Hopkins family.

Below: Blaenavon Girls' School endowed by Sarah Hopkins in 1816. This unusual classroom scene of the mid 1920s illustrates the rather formal ordering of the furniture, with all children facing forwards.

Right: A fascinating childhood scene possibly captured at the workers' housing in North Street. Modern viewers will find the dress of the children and the unusual construction of the push-ehair of interest.

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61. A group photograph taken outside the surgery of Dr. Avarne. It is a very long time ago that alocal newspaper reported a man from a neighbouring town as having been 'bied to death by a quack doctor at Blaenavon' - but it is true that medicine remained primitive in the area until well into this century. Many operations were carried out without the benefit of anaesthetic. One victim of this form of practice was Philip Aston, the grandfather of one of the compilers of this book. Mr. Aston had his tonsils removed without anaesthetic, because it was judged that he would not survive the effects of anaesthesia!

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62. Above, left: Chapel Row was named after the Wesley Chapel which once formed part of it. This massive building shows the strength of the Methodist movement in 19th century South Wales. Eventually an adjacent ladle tip buried part of Chapel Row, and the Row was evacuated.

Below: St. Peter's Church, built in 1805, was endowed by the Hopkins family of iron-founders. Another example of this tamily's philanthropy is the Church School. Most appropriately for a valley iron town, St. Peter's has a font, window frames and tomb covers of iron.

Above, right: St. James's Church, near West View. Because it was made of corrugated iron, the building was known as 'the iron church'. The site of this church was eventually covered by an industrial slag tip, and a new St. James's was built near Bunker's Row. This replacement was made of stone stripped from the North Street furnaces.

63. An elegant group of Blaenavon ladies posing outside Penuel Calvinistic Chapel. They are dressed in some of the more expensive fashions of the day (around 1910). The lady at front left was the mother of the Rt. Hon. Roy Jenkins, now leader of Britain's Social Democratie Party and formerly head of the EEC Commission.

64. This well-known scene from Blaenavon history demonstrates the townspeople's sense ofhumour. Walter Davies (on the right of the picture) wagered that he would push his wife Louise in a pram from Blaenavon town to the Goose and Cuckoo - a public house situated several miles away. Part of the arrangement was that he should play a mouth organ while doing so! Mr. Davies won his bet.

65. 'The Hayrnakers' was the title of an amateur dramatic production by the Wesleyan Church Choir. This type of entertainment was very popular in the 1920s. Realism was added to this partienlar production by the inclusion in the cast of a live horse. Mrs. Doreen Bowen, mother of one of this book's compilers, is one of the many Iocal people who can be recognized by today's residents.

66. Many members of this, the 1911 Blaenavon Male Voice Choir, would be recognised by the townspeople of today. It was a forerunner of today's choir, which is considered by many to be among the best in Wales. One of the compilers of this book overheard one lady rem ark that she had thoroughly enjoyed a funeral at which the choir had sung!

67. The Blaenavon Pierrots - a local minstrel troupe - are a reminder of the days before television, when entertainment was self-made. Such groups were noted for their charity work; they raised a good deal of money through plays, concerts, and so on. One specially notabie performer was a MI. John Thomas. His fine tenor voice caused hirn to be known as Eos Brycheiniog ('The Breconshire Nightingale').

68. Blaenavon Band in 1913, shown here within the grounds of the park. These performers helped to found a fine musical tradition which continues to this day,

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