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Bank House, Cardiff Street

This is the HSBC Bank in Cardiff Street, but we knew it as the Midland Bank. Next to it is the site of the National School which provided the school with large numbers of boys. This building now houses retail outlets and an Indian restaurant. What was The National School has been relocated to the buildings vacated by the old Mardy House secondary school.

Beyond the junction with Cross Street, but not in the picture, is a new Housing Association building that has completely replaced the Coop Food Hall.   In turn, the Coop Food Hall, built in 1961, was on the site of the Aberdare Cinema.   In the town centre, there were three cinemas at this time, The Aberdare Cinema, The Rex, and The Palladium. (These links are to the Rhondda-Cynon-Taf Photographic Archive.)

Bank House Cardiff Street

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