photo was taken to record the 1951 Festival of Britain Carnival,
but it is equally of interest for the buildings in the background.
is making its way down Mill Street, the road merging from the
left is Backhall Street. All the white houses in the picture
have now been demolished and replaced by houses elevated and
set back from the road creating a wide pavement.
in the cart as Mayor and Mayoress of Caerleon are Tom Jones,
of Whitehall Farm on the Usk Road, and John Stamp.
part of Mill Street has changed!
had clear memories of the shops in this area:
From the Angel Hotel down the right hand side of the road:
Batemans Fish and Chip Shop, spotlessly clean, for two pennies
one would have a good many chips.
Next came Davies Universal Store, selling anything from toys
to household hardware.
Further down the road on the left hand side stood Miss Grey's
tiny front room shop selling sweets and homemade herb beer etc.
Opposite, and at the corner of Backhall Street stood Miss Jobbins'
sweet shop and tea room. The Miss Jobbinses were rather old
world, genteel, charming ladies. The shop was visited in the
evening by the "College Boys" from the teacher training
college. They were allowed out from six to half past seven to
allow them to post letters and perhaps enjoy a cop of tea.
On the opposite corner from Miss Jobbins' stood Edmunds' Grocers
Shop. While further down the street was Mrs Hutchings' tiny
front-room shop selling sweets and sundries.
Opposite the Red Lion stood Mr Williams' Dairy, whilst two doors
away from the Red Lion was Mr Tom Edwards' Bakery Shop where
he made his own bread. The ovens were at the rear of the shop.
Each Christmas he would set aside a day to bake cakes for locals
who took their own mixtures in. My mother always made six or
seven large yeast cakes at Christmas. They were mixed in an
earthenware pan, covered over with clean tea towels, and placed
in front of the fire for a couple of hours to allow the mixture
to rise. The mixture would then be put into bread tins, covered
over to keep them warm and taken by pony trap to the bake house.
We collected them a few hours later, they were delicious.
Opposite the London Pub stood Mr Brangham's sweet shop, next
came Mr Knorze's baker's shop also selling nice pastries, this
is now a bank. A short walk brought one to Mr Eddie Davies'
newsagent and sweet shop, which today is an antique shop.
After Mr Tom Edwards died, his son sold the premises and had
a new modern bakery shop and tea garden built next door to Mr
read more of Molly's recollections in Caerleon
to Norman Stevens
who 'unearthed' the photo which is likely to feature in his
forthcoming book (if not, then his fifthcoming book).