Archive for September, 2012

Annie From Penygarn

September 30, 2012

Today I had another email from Steve Parry about “Annie From Penygarn”. It’s a most interesting blog which I thoroughly enjoyed. As I am now getting over 1,400 hits on this blog every week from all over the world, it seems that there is a lot of interest in what was happening in the Pontypool area in the first half of the twentieth century; therefore I am publishing below the email I received from Steve.

By clicking on the live blue underlined link below you will be taken straight to the blog. Also, the good news is – for those who are not online – the blog has now been published in book format. You will see details about ordering the book. This is what I did with my own blog and the book proved to be very popular. All copies are now sold and the book is out of print.

Here is the copy of Steve’s email:

“Hi David,

Hoping you are well – I keep revisiting the blog – wonderful.

There have been developments regarding the Annie from Peny

garn Blog.

 There is now a physical book edition – that can be ordered at the bottom of the on-line blog page.

Exciting times.

Keep up the great work David

Kind regards


“Pontypool Memories” book sold out

September 16, 2012

“PONTYPOOL MEMORIES” now out of print 
and all my own stock sold out


Two years after publication, all my copies of “Pontypool Memories” are sold so they are out of print and there won’t be any more. There are now only three places where you might be able to purchase a copy:

1. Glimpses of Gwent Books.   This is a new website being set up by Dr Gareth John. There will be a small number for sale on this site. To go to the site click here:

2. Pontypool Museum.   There are a few copies still available at the museum bookshop.  Email:   Telephone:  01495 752036

3. Newport Museum Bookshop, located in the ground floor foyer, had just one copy available last month; it might still be on sale.   Email:  Telephone:  01633 656656

A photograph of the Robin Hood Inn Pontypool

September 2, 2012


The Robin Hood Inn

For some time past there has been a lot of interest shown in the Robin Hood Inn. Some viewers have visited it and even lived there. Others have had relatives who were the landlords at one time.

I have recently received a photograph of the Robin Hood from Brian Walker. He tells me that it was taken possibly in the late sixties from the bridge  where the old Talywain line crossed the Cwmnantddu line.

It’s rather a distant view but, at least, it’s still standing and presumably in use. If anyone has any more photographs of the Robin Hood when it was still in use please email them to me as enclosures and I’ll put them in a future blog post.