Blaenavon in old picture postcards

Blaenavon in old picture postcards

:   Roger Bowen
:   Torfaen
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-2269-6
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69. Blaenavon Rugby Team is pictured here during one of its better seasons - 1913-1914, just before the outbreak of the Great War. The team helped to found the great valley tradition which has produced international players such as Ken Jones, Alan Lewis, Fenton Coles, Colin Evans and Terry Cobner. The rugby balI here differs markedly from that used in the modern game.

70. The Glorious Twelfth of August - the first day of the grouse-shooting season - brought death to many red grouse on the Blaenavon moors. Among the rieh and famous who shot grouse at B1aenavon was Prinee Leopold of Battenberg (father of Lord Louis Mountbatten). Prinee Leopold was a guest of the Blaenavon Company's Kennard family in 1911. In the best season (1889-1890) 372 1/2 brace were bagged. And the mountains above Blaenavon have another claim to fame too. On the Blorenge is the grave of Foxhunter - the mount of Sir Harry Llewellyn, and a world-famous showjumper.

71. A jovial, informal group at the Royal Exchange public house in James Street, with Brewery Row and Ebenezer Chapel in the background. It has been said that Blaenavon once had a pub for every week of the year, and this was probably an understatement. It is a mark of the town's decline that only about a dozen remain (although even this figure depends on where you draw Blaenavon's boundaries).

72. The Cambrian Inn, Hill Street. This is one of the few public houses still remaining in Blaenavon today, Here we see a group of loeal people about to set off for an outing. The photograph was taken in 1907.

73. A works outing for some lady shop assistants from Woodleys (the butchers), just before the First World War. Note the modesty which comes out in the fashions of the period. It is intriguing to speculate on what particular garne could have been engaging their attention.

74. A group of people, most of them from Blaenavon, on holiday in Jersey. Of special interest is the horse-drawn carriage - a particularly pleasant and calm mode of transport which has now, sadly, fallen into disuse. Among the local personalities in the picture is Jim Watkins. Mr. Watkins was the town postman; he was a noted local wit, who liked to describe hirnself as 'a man of letters'.

75. One of the earliest group photographs to centre around a motor car in Blaenavon. This scene outside the A1ma public house is a !ittle reminiscent of the gangster era in Chicago.

76. The depression of the 1930s caused widespread unemployment, with attendant socia1 problems. South Wales suffered more than most areas, and there was large-se ale emigration to more favoured parts of Britain, as weil as to America, Canada, and other countries. King Edward VIII visited the Welsh valley towns in November 1936. Shocked by the scenes of poverty which he witnessed, he exclaimed: 'Something must be done.' Within weeks, however, he had abdicated - thus precipitating the greatest constitu tional crisis of the century. The photograph here is one of several taken during his visit to Blaenavon.

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