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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Memories & Memorabilia

Old School

The school gymnasium in 1922

from Roger Excell

Gymnasium in 1922

This photograph shows, on the left, the Sports Master Mr E. J. Excell, with a small class. By the 1960s there were also climbing bars along the two window walls, as well as those shown here on the back wall. The climbing ropes were also still there at that time. The photograph was taken from the entrance door to the gym, which led from a tiny room optimistically called the ‘changing room’ that had to cater for up to 32 boys. There were no washing facilities at the gym, which resulted in an easily identifiable odour that permeated the place.

The windows in the photograph faced the rear of the Trecynon school site, towards Carmel Chapel.