NOW AND THEN: Market Street, Abergavenny

THEN: Market Street, Abergavenny

NOW: Market Street, Abergavenny

First published in Now and then

LAST week we visited Market Street, Abergavenny. Here are some of our replies:

Trevor Jones (Trevor the Milk), Tredegar:

“The picture shows Market Street, Abergavenny, with the market hall and the Borough Theatre on the right.

On the top of the theatre is a clock with four faces, three white and one, at the rear of the clockblack, apparently in remembrance of the late Queen Victoria’s husband, Albert.

“You can see a horse and cart in the picture. I delivered my milk from the back of a horse and cart years ago.”

George Evans, Pontypool:

“This week’s picture is of Market Street, Abergavenny, a lovely market town.

I have been going there since I was a boy many years ago. Bonnie Russell, Llanellen:

“What a lovely picture of Market Street, Abergavenny, showing the Town Hall to the right and shops to the left. In the background you can see Facey’s Brewery.

“Unfortunately the Now picture is from another town! Facey’s Brewery is no longer there!”

Keith Richards, Pontnewydd:

“This week’s Then photograph is taken at the junction of High Street and Market Street in Abergavenny, whereas the Now photograph is of High Street near its junction with Lion Street, with Burtons in the foreground.

“The buildings on the left of the Then photograph are an example of a 16th Century street with a raised pavement and ‘jellied’ [overhanging] first floors.

These formed covered walkways to keep pedestrians dry, similar to The Pantiles in Tonbridge Wells.

At that time the streets were unpaved and flowed with unwanted garbage. Today they house a bookstore, a butchers and a fish & chip shop.

“On the right is Abergavenny Town Hall and Clock Tower, built in 1851, which also houses the Borough Theatre.

On June 22, 1963, an audience of 600 waited there until 10.30pm for The Beatles to appear on stage –due to John Lennon appearing on Top of the Pops in London at 7pm. At the end of the show a helicopter whisked him to Abergavenny.

“The Beatles were paid the princely sum of £250, and their support group, The Fortunes a mere £18.15s.6d.

Between 1941-44, Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy, was detained under guard in Pen-y-val Hospital, originally a lunatic asylum. Until quite recently, some older inhabitants remembered Hess walking through the town’s street, escorted by armed soldiers.”

D Kenny, Newport:

“The photographs are Frogmore Street, Abergavenny, about 1900.

My family came from Abergavenny and I remember my Great Gran telling me about the time she sold homemade bread pudding from a trestle table in Frogmore Street and the little Chinese laundry run by a Mr Okee Chowe.

● Apologies to Thomas Fox of Pentwynmawr, who wrote in with an interesting piece about New Bethel Chapel, Mynyddislwyn. Mr Thomas assures me that the three brothers born in the 1940s remained alive and well and went on to benefit from the teachings at New Bethel.

● Last week’s image courtesy of Remember Abergavenny, Vol 1 by Louis Bannon

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