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pierre
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Posted - 25/02/2018 :  18:41:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Photo taken by Keith Bufton from the bridge to Dukestown Cemetery.

Wonder what the year was ?



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milkman
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Posted - 25/02/2018 :  21:14:41 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The A465 on the Rock was opened in 1962 so this would be a few yers prior, possibly about 1958
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Keith Marshall
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Posted - 27/02/2018 :  19:29:17 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have often wondered what area looked like pre HOV and this shows how rural the place was. The road shown, is it a road, where did it go to? So nice to have a new old photo shared.
My parents often talked about their time in Trefil and Pen y bont of how clear the are was. When was the Rock road built down to Abergavenny? I have a vague recollection of mid 60s.
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nutandboltdarlo
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Posted - 28/02/2018 :  23:37:41 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi. Long-time reader of this excellent site; first-time contributor.

I think the 'road' in the black and white photo is the bed of the old railway line from Abergavenny to Nantybwch. If I've read the lie of the land correctly, I think the Nine Arches would be some little distance behind the photographer. Would the factory on the right be the Crown Cork or 3M works?

If my memory serves me right I think the Rassau -Tredegar section of the 3-lane HoV road (what a death trap that was!) opened around 1965-66. In my mind it connects to the opening of the original Severn Bridge in 1966.
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goodwitchsilverwitch
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Posted - 01/03/2018 :  00:27:19 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is one of the factories Doggett?.
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butch
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Posted - 01/03/2018 :  12:23:07 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's the crown cork factory, the 3ms was about 100yards to the front.
I believe doggets took over part of the crown cork factory.
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milkman
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Posted - 01/03/2018 :  14:22:47 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hadnt thought about it but that is right.
I worked at Crown Cork in 1952 and the railway was right next to us.
Thus the H of V road at that point took the line of the former railway.
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goodwitchsilverwitch
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Posted - 01/03/2018 :  17:38:56 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes milkman, I thought the Heads of the Valley was built close to the railway line and in some places on the railway line itself. It's strange how the memory forgets how everything looked before change.
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keanjo
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Posted - 01/03/2018 :  17:53:31 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you are short of coal in this cold spell there's a seam of coal on the sothside of the first cutting past the bridge.
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