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School from Gadlys Road

Looking towards the school from Gadlys Road. The school clock tower is obscured by the tree in the distance to the left. The picture was taken from a point opposite to where the Western Welsh bus depot used to be. Somewhere on the left of this road was a barber’s shop where we could get a hair cut of the sort that boys wanted in those days, not the sort that our parents wanted us to have! On the right, closer to the school was, and still is, a small shop where we could buy sweets (and also loose cigarettes in ones and twos I think!)

The building on the right with the elaborate facade was once a cinema, the Park Picture Palace, but this closed before we arrived at ABGS. Click here to see an equivalent picture from the RCT Libraries photo archive taken when the cinema was still open. Next to the cinema was Bracchi’s Café, shown in this more recent picture, by permission of the RCT Archive. It is now a takeaway but still has the Bracchi’s name carved in the stone over the window. Drew Haman has commented that in the late 50’s, when he was in school, a group of Hungarian refugees would hang out in this cafe, principally to meet the girls from the Gadlys School. At the time it was a bit of a disreputable place!

Gadlys Road

 
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