Very old print of the Prince of Wales Colliery, with the four rows of The Ranks directly behind and St Luke's Church on the hill. Bridge Street runs centrally and to the left and looks much the same as today. The canal runs behind Bridge Street and between The Ranks and the Colliery   © TBA

 

Very early photograph of the Prince of Wales Colliery, taken from near the Tin Works and present-day Sorting Office site.
Machen Mountain can be seen in the distance.   © TBA

 


 

An artist's impression of the scene at the Prince of Wales' pithead, immediately after the disaster on 11th September, 1878

 

'Forester' - an engine based at RTB Abercarn (the tin works) could regularly be seen stopping the traffic when crossing the road at the level crossing on Bridge Street, near the Modplan factory.    © David Cooke


 




 

































Brilliant, aerial colour shot of the old Tin Works before most of it was demolished. This dates from the mid-1970's and clearly shows Central Hall (bottom right), the old Council yard on the other side of the railway (complete with gas-tanks and dust-carts) and Stately-Albion to the bottom left. Now Travis Perkins and the Sorting Office take up much of this space.












Two superb examples of 'Gwyddon Vale Mineral Water Co. Abercarn'  pop alley bottles. Bottles courtesy of John Cotton..... thanks John. Photograph by Dory Buck.













Photograph courtesy of Wynne Rees








Photograph courtesy of Wynne Rees







Photograph courtesy of Wynne Rees









































































Stately-Albion Sales Manager Arthur Phillips had always dreamed of owning his very own ceremonial silver shovel, so when the situation presented itself, he made a sudden grab for the one brought along by the local council's tree-planting dignitary.... it would have been the perfect crime if local Argus photographer Pendre Sims hadn't snapped this photograph of Arthur (on the left), caught in the act. It was a Spear & Jackson Taper Mouth No 2 too.... the connoisseur's shovel of choice.
















































The Statel
y-Albion mobile home factory on the Prince of Wales Industrial Estate, on the site where the pit once stood. Stately has been a major employer in the area since the 1960's. This photograph was taken from the forestry road above the Rhyswg, around 2003.





































































































Photograph courtesy of Gwenda Watson and Edwina Douglas.