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Do you know anything about St James’ Field Pontypool?

September 11, 2016

Recently I’ve received a few emails from Leigh Priest. In the first one he says:

“I came across your fascinating blog a few days ago and wondered if you knew anything about the houses in St James Field, Pontypool.
We bought the house recently and it would be wonderful to hopefully discover some of its history.
It’s a three storey Victorian / Edwardian semi detached house with some beautiful original features.
We’ve been told ‘it’s a Hanbury house’….’it was a school’….’built for the railway managers’ etc but unless I can find out myself it will remain a mystery.”

I’ve made some brief enquiries of people who have lived in Pontypool for many years and none of them have ever heard of St James’ Field. When I attended West Mon, I know that St James’ Church was noted for its  youth club which was very large and very successful; that was in the days when teenagers actually went out to meet friends in person not online.  It was in the heyday of the youth club movement mostly in  churches.

I remember one day when I was in standard three at Town School we had a new boy who sat next to me. He was Geen Williams, the son of the new vicar of St James’ Church. He went to West Mon and became a member of the cricket team.

If any visitor can help Leigh with his enquiries about St James’ Field, please email me or make a comment.

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