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.
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.
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.