NOW AND THEN: High Street, Blackwood

South Wales Argus: NOW AND THEN:  High Street, Blackwood NOW AND THEN: High Street, Blackwood

The photograph is of High Street, Blackwood, and the properties shown are the old London Hosiery building which I bought in the late 1960s-early 1970s.

There was one large shop and I converted it for a client into three units. One was occupied by Crown Wallpapers, another Victoria Wines and one by Jones’ Shoes.

They were opposite the Square Cafe which I used to use regularly. That was the first of some 23 property deals I did for shops in Blackwood High Street.

Blackwood was one of the favourite towns when I bought that building. I bought loads of other shops, including Bateman’s Welsh Grocery.

As this was my first deal in South Wales I remember it well.

Vincent Kenneally Llangiby

The Now and Then picture is of High Street, Blackwood. When I was young it felt like a city with a fabulous shopping area which included Vaughan’s florists, the Emporium, a beautiful ladies-wear store, the Foresters pub and even a roller-skating rink.

I particularly remember Hunt’s Saddlers, famous for its leather work. After the school summer holidays, all the children used to go to back to school with fantastic satchels. The Maxime cinema and The Square Cafe were favourite haunts as we were growing up and the local boys and girls used to ‘monkey-parade’, with boys on one side of the street and girls on the other. It was rare not to have a date for the cinema after this.

Buses and trains to Blackwood from Newport in one direction and Tredegar in the other were always very regular, and the town was always bustling. Very happy memories of growing up there.

Councillor Leon Gardiner

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3:20pm Tue 26 Nov 13

Realist UK says...

'Tis Blackwood High St. Nowadays bereft of quality shops, except one or two, but monitored by several CCTV cameras. Progress eh?
'Tis Blackwood High St. Nowadays bereft of quality shops, except one or two, but monitored by several CCTV cameras. Progress eh? Realist UK

1:18pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Billybong41 says...

I walked through Backwoods earlier , there's still signs of the rubbish from the Weekend's Christmas market on the pavements , any other council ( or if it was in Caerphilly Town ) and they would've probably had a cleaning team in as soon as the last stall left the town.
I walked through Backwoods earlier , there's still signs of the rubbish from the Weekend's Christmas market on the pavements , any other council ( or if it was in Caerphilly Town ) and they would've probably had a cleaning team in as soon as the last stall left the town. Billybong41

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