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Nelson Square 1955,Dai ‘Snowball’ Williams is sitting second from the left on the bench. He lived in lived in 45 Commercial Street in one of the cottages next to the Cosy Cinema, which were demolished to build the new library.(Photo courtesy of Bob Evans formerly of the prefabs)

Contents of the Nelson Photos’ page

  • Area around Flower garden
  • The old cottages at the Handball court 
  • Shops from all eras in Nelson
  • Nelson By pass Heol Fawr1991 road opened 1992
  • Area around the The bus stops
  • Views of Various Nelson Streets and landmarks
  • The Hunt in Nelson
  • Nelson in the Snow 1982 by Joyce Bolton and other Snow pictures through out the years
  • Miscellaneous Nelson photographs
  • A  collection of photographs of Nelson kindly taken for this site by Roger Vowles of Treharris. March 17th 2010
  • A selection of photos from various parts of Nelson
  • Bryncelyn and the Prefabs
  • the Cozy Cinema
  • Lanfabon area

Before the centre of the village was altered in 2005,my good friend  Robert Amos (R.I.P) of High Close, Nelson,took some photographs of the area we knew as the flower gardens. He also captured the old bus station. Here are his photographs.

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Early days for the Gardens

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Some by Leticia Bethel

Some photos below of gardens area J Swattridge

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Photo below thanks to Chris Hoskins

Some photos thanks to Liz and Wayne Thomas

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The old cottages at the Handball court

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Photo Below thanks to Chris Hoskins

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Photos thanks to Ann Hill Nelson

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For some reason a boat has appeared at the cottages

The old cottages looking sad and ready for demolision

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Shops from all eras in Nelson

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Nelson Newsagent

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Another era below and some of the lovely staff who worked there

Below we see a photograph from the Jones’ family who owned the shop for a number of years

Old photograph of Nelson Post office courtesy of Jeremy Swattridge

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Two on same junction of High Street/Commercial Street

Pearce the cleaners on the right and Edith bell’s clothes shop on the left hand corner a photo from the 1980’s thanks to Chris Hoskins

  Nelson Commercial street vista

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An early Cooperative photo below

Elijah Jones Fruiterer 27 Commercial street ( photo care of his grand son Gordon W Jones)

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Wellington Stores

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Some High street photographs thanks to Chris Hoskins

Nelson Fish bar

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Webbers 2020 and lock down social distance shopping

Corner fish bar below

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Tambinis cafe 1980’s ( thanks to Chris Hoskins)

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Darlingtons Optician

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Elaines Hairdresser

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Mike Dicks at Pedros Butchers

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Below in 2019 and Pedros butcher no longer there

Tom Davies ironmongers in this view of Comercial Street

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Jeremy Swattridge found this one from even earlier

Bobs Fruit and Veg

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Below we see a 1984 photo thanks to Chris Hoskins . EV Jones & Son is still the trading name of The Cottage Garden Florist and the telephone number still in use in 2020

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1950 view with Howard Lewis featuring

2020 below

WH Hopkins commercial Street

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Two very old photos of former shops once in Nelson

Cardiff Road

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Morris Butchers Commercial Street

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Shingrig road Motor spares

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Another shop on Shingrig road closed in the 1990’s (Chris Hoskins)

Village  Stores

Barclays and sports shop now closed

Bank 1990’s Chris Hoskins photograph

Below we see a collection of Nelson Barclay bank photos from their website

1970’s below

Managers office

Before the big garages Number 2 Dynevor Terrace and Johnny Bowen were at hand fantastic photograph thanks to Lita Carter

another garage this time 1950’s opposite Dynevor Terrace

Another old garage Brooklands where the Star club is next to thesedays

Some bigger businesses no longer in Nelson

Texaco Garage Dynevor Terrace 2005

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Another couple of great 1980’s photos thanks to Chris Hoskins

Two from November 2008 below

Demolished below

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Two more thanks to Chris Hoskins

Nelson By pass Heol Fawr1991 road opened 1992 ( thanks to Chris Maidment)

Two photos I took in Spring 2020 

Looking towards Mabon Road and Fiddlers Elbow

Looking up in the direction of the Rowan Tree and Ystrad Mynach

Area around the the bus station

Below approx 1983 thanks to Chris Hoskins

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1950’s below

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Views of Various Nelson Streets and landmarks

Nelson Police station and Sergeants; Restaurant (now closed)

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Even the new police station is now shut

Milestone in High Street Nelson

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Caerphilly road 2011

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Caerphilly road thanks to Lisa and Wayne Thomas

Below a photograph dated 1975

Robert Amos took this shot looking towards Long Row 1999

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Another view up Long Row

Looking down towards Commercial street thanks to Lisa and Wayne Thomas

Facing the school 

Bryncelyn/high street Junction

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Chris Hoskins contributed this one from the top of the church possibly 1990

The housing estate

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Looking down towards Nelson

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Opposite side of the road facing the Royal Oak

The old Toilets next to Hand ball court

High Street thanks to Lisa and Wayne Thomas

Below we see the old entrance to the school on the High Street, its now the entrance to High Close.

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High Street cottages happier times (Lisa and Wayne Thomas)

Sadder times

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High street houses during demolision

High Street houses demolished

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Rare photo from behind the High Street thanks Chris Hoskins

same High Street 2012 below

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The Hunt in Nelson

The Hunt is not my cup of tea but is part of the history of Nelson and here are some old photos in the village

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Hunt on the High Street

Outside Dynevor Arms

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The Hunt 2004

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The Hunt 2006

Nelson in the Snow 1982 by Joyce Bolton and more Snowy Photos throughout the years

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Towards Heol Fawr Long Row

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Llancaiach School

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Garage Dynevor Terrace 1982

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Snow covered Nelson over the years

We don’t get heavy snow every year but when we do the photographers capture it and here are a few of their pictures, unsure of the years.

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Handball court

Station Terrace

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Towards the church on High Street

Trafalgar Park entrance

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Garage when Kwiksave was in Nelson

Three great photos taken by Robert Walters of the Beast from the East 2018

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Monument and Flower gardens

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Bryncelyn and the Laing estate

 

Miscellaneous Nelson photographs

Looking at the old station black bridge from Llancaiach Fawr (Stephen Jones)

Before and after entry to Nelson on Caerphilly road

Still Caerphilly road before the Skate park

Car smashes into home on the Laing estate January 2013

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Nelson looking Towards the  new houses and to the left Penallta pit

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The former Nelson Welfare ground…opposite Trafalgar Park (R Amos)

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The Former Portlock fruit and Vegetable cabin near the Balfour

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The Portlock storage behind the Balfour club.

Rear of the Portlock store 2004

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Bwl Road area below

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East Glam Motors Shingrig road

Nelson 1976 with a red and white Bedlinog bus

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Bwl road 1920 and 2008 below

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Another by Stephen Jones possibly 1960’s or earlier

A  relatively new collection of photographs of Nelson kindly taken for this site by Roger Vowles of Treharris. March 17th 2010

some views of Bryncelyn and the new housing estate next to it taken from the road between the Greyhound and the Tylers arms(mountain road.)

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Three images below looking towards Greenacres and the street above the Tylers arms.

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Green Acres from Nelson RFC Autumn 2015

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A selection of  old photos from various parts of Nelson

Building Tawel Fan 1963 ( Rosalind Comer photograths)

 

Two below from Chris Hoskins of Trafalgar Park , the strating of the build

Llancaiach cottages about 1900

This is the bottom of Heol Fawr, opposite the Chinese (Kung fu)

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Taken in the early 1970’s these photos of houses opposite the library…they are being prepared for demolition

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Springfield Terrace Nelson with a Foden Steam Wagon transporting
beer barrels.(photo John Griffiths)

Ashgrove Villas, Nelson.

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The picture below is taken in 1957, it shows the old railway track filled in with earth, the big building in the background is the Balfour club.

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Below is an earlier one when the bridge was still in use

Tai Machine house, now demolished, it was once opposite Co-op supermarket on Maben road( where the Tyre and Exhaust company are now)

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Wellington Inn at the bottom of the High Street…now Wellington Stores.

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Wellington stores below 1990 (Chris Hoskins)

 Commercial Street

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Shingrig Road

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The picture above is a picture of the Penallta sidings on the main line between Nelson and Ystrad Mynach…know as Nelson Bog to many locals…

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The Pre fabs and Bryncelyn area

The Pre fabs…build in the 1940’s as temporary homes, they lasted for over 20 years…some of the street names that people will remember include…Heol Bryn Fab, Heol Pant y Celyn, Heol Mabon, Heol Tasker and Heol Islwyn…number one Heol Islwyn is pictured below, the lady in the photograph is Mrs Tovey (pic Michael Tovey)

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The old Prefabs, behind Bryncelyn (R Amos)

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Some good old photos of the prefabs thanks to Janine Sommers

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Below we see Howard Gibbs outside his Prefab thanks to his daughter Gaynor Lewis

A gathering outside the prefabs 1952 thanks to Kath Meredith

Once the Prefabs had been demolished

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Views of Bryncelyn once the Prefabs had gone

 

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Electric Cinema

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The Cinema became the Queen of Hearts night club seen blelow up for sale bfore it eventually burnt down and was demolished photo thanks to Chris Hoskins

Llanfabon Area

Below is a Robert Walters photograth of Llanfabon Inn and church from the mountain

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Former pub called the Farmers Arms Llanfabon

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Church at Llanfabon

Llanfabon Church and Inn by Robert Walters

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The Three arches in 1909

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The Three Arches approx.1960

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Same spot 2018

Below we see some photographs of the area near the Railway Inn on Mabon Road, They were taken in 1969 when the old railway was removed to improve the road and take out the bend.Thanks to Dino Spinetti for the photographs

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approaching the Railway pub

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Paul Jones recalls “This is the explosives bunker at the quarry on on the old railway line, not the white woods.” (Photo Robert Walters)

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Another view near the Railway pub, the old arches

The Same area below 2012

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Photos by Robert Walters of the area near the Railway

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Arnolds Garage was a little further out, now JB carpets

Llanfabon power Station 1960’s and 2012

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