Posts Tagged ‘Pontypool Museum’

“Who Killed Dripping Lewis?” – the book is now published

November 13, 2012


My post “Murder Most Foul” on this blog has been read by 938 visitors which shows a considerable interest in the mystery of who killed Dripping Lewis, and why he was killed.

Monty Dart’s limited edition book “Who Killed Dripping Lewis?” is now out and on sale. The author is an archivist and researcher who works for HTV, BBC Wales and BBC radio on local subjects. She has written two other books.

William Alfred Lewis, a quiet unassuming bachelor aged 59 was found battered to death in his bed in May 1939. Scotland Yard police were sent to Pontypool, a small Welsh town in Monmouthshire, South Wales to help solve the mystery of Lewis’s murder. Nicknamed “Dripping Lewis” the victim was a wealthy local property owner, regular in his habits, everyone locally knew when he was on his rent rounds.

Was someone watching him, waiting to steal his money? Was it a robbery gone wrong or a dispute between himself and another man? Or was it, as rumour has persisted to this day, a female rival for his affections? This book draws exclusively from the Scotland Yard files and newspaper reports of the time

The well researched book is a 314 page paperback, with illustrations, published by Book Midden Publishing, 58 Sutton Road, Newport, NP19 7JF. They may be contacted on:

The book costs £10 plus postage but check with Book Midden for latest special offers on this and other books at:

It is also on sale at Pontypool Museum.

“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 request from Pontypool Museum

June 2, 2011

I recently received an email from Mary Mahabir who is working on the Community Project at the Pontypool Museum:

I was looking at your blog and wondered if it would be possible to post something on there for our Pontypool Townscape Community Project?

The project is all about saving the old photos, documents and artefacts relating to where people lived, worked and went to school in the Pontypool area. The PTCP will photograph or scan the documents, pictures and artefacts and store the images/information on a database for future generations to access – all items etc. are returned. We’re also creating a new archive in the museum for any items or papers that people wish to donate or loan to us. 

If any members of your blog could help with our project, I’d be very grateful.

 Best wishes

 Mary Mahabir

Pontypool Townscape Community Project

Many visitors to this blog have been very helpful in the past in sending me emails with useful information for my blog and also quite a lot of photographs. If anyone can help with the project I’m sure  the project officers will be very grateful.

I suggest that you contact the museum direct if you think you might have something of interest. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. Here are the contact details:

email for project:
telephone:  01495 752036
address:  Park Road Pontypool NP4 6JH

Here is some information about the project:


An exciting, two year project to collect, catalogue and digitise documents and photographs of Pontypool town and its surrounding settlement areas.

With a Heritage Lottery Grant and in conjunction with Torfaen County Borough Council, two part time project officers, a team of volunteers and the people of Pontypool, we have embarked on this two year community project to make up a detailed digital resource of the historic development of the Pontypool Townscape.

To research the historically important evidence of the Townscape of Pontypool, we are asking local people to bring in any interesting pictures, documents, deeds, leases and even rent books, whether for business, shops or housing in the area. The museum would like to copy and record this information for future generations to use. We also aim to gather all this historically significant evidence to create an exhibition to be held in the museum at the end in 2012.

For more information or to book a free talk about the Pontypool Townscape Community Project ring Mary or Peter on 01495 752036.