Crumlin Viaduct old Guestbook

Very much enjoyed the site. I myself lived in Treowen 1950-1968 Walked daily to Crumlin High Level junior school 1958-1961 via the station & the Bridge End Inn. Anyone remember Tom's corner shop. Frequently watched the exchange of key and token at box at the station placed halfpennies on the line to flatten them into pennies! Was never daring enough, although some were, to walk across evading railway staff as Dad would have murdered me. When trapped they would escape by jumping down onto the hill in the centre of the two spans. My most exciting memory was watching workmen painting the structure. Nets would be slung beneath and tested by throwing sacks into them then followed by a volunteer! Gory stories abounded amongst schoolboys as to the state of "jumpers" when they hit the ground I was even given to believe that Kennard himself jumped from the bridge. Out of macabre interest does anyone know the exact numbers and names of jumpers? My Dad & Grandfather worked in the Navigation colliery underneath the bridge. On the quiet afternoon shift after school I would walk underneath the bridge to the colliery winding house were I would have my hair cut by side of the winding engine, hoping that the banksman would call to raise the cage so that I could experience the power noise etc of the winder. Alun parker
Alun Parker <>
MAGOR, U.K. - on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 11:20:57
Thank you for this wonderful site. I was born in Cwm, Ebbw Vale and remember the Viaduct's imposing structure. It is still one of the regrets of my life that I never travelled OVER it, despite many promises by my Grandfather that he would take me, as we travelled UNDER it. It always seemed a miracle to me that the trains on it did not fall off as I looked up at them passing over the Great Western Line beneath. When I started work and had to go to Crumlin College to study for my further examinations, one of the "rewards" of studying was a visit to the Railway Hotel afterwards, for a very welcome pint. I still have family in the valley and somehow the viaduct is still present through its abscence, there is still something missing from the scence, even after all these years. Roy
Roy Read <>
Bournemouth, England - on Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 20:58:23
Hi John, What a great web site. I couldn't believe it when I came across it while looking for my family. In March last year I started looking for my Mums brother and from the records in London I found out that her mother was born in January 1907 at 21 Upper Viaduct Terrace, Crumlin. I came to Crumlin by chance last May and managed to buy my Mum a book about Crumlin and the Viaduct. I also visited Upper Viaduct Terrace, which was lovely. I only wish I had my camera with me at the time. My Mothers, Mums name was Ethel May Shankland and her parents were James and Alice Shankland(nee Cook). At some stage we think the family moved to Hampstead, London where Ethel later married James Ollive, they had 5 children Kenneth, David, Lucy, John and Peter who because of circumstances may have been adopted and I am still trying to trace him. My Mum hasn't any photos of her Parents/Grandparents and so I was wondering if any of your readers may be able to help me if they knew of or are related to the Shankland family. Thank you once again for your wonderful site. Regards, Helen
Helen Wright <>
Harefield, uk - on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 23:39:06
Well John Your web site although great for what it is It has become a great means of finding those who left Crumlin in the past.Obviously this is a great plus and good reason to keep up to date with those who visit your web site. Well done what a service to the community and of course its FREE. Alf Creed
Alf Creed <>
Hafodyrynys, - on Friday, December 07, 2001 at 13:43:17
I left Crumlin at age 15 in 1974 to emigrate to Australia where I have lived ever since. Your site brought back some fantastic memories of my childhood and the kids I grew up with but have lost touch with. These were the first photos of Crumlin I have seen since leaving all those years ago and they are just fantastic, you have done an excellent job. I too remember the last train leaving from High Level Station, (my mother Maureen Williams and sister Vicki were on it), the demolition of the viaduct, the making of the the film Arabesque, (my grandmother, Doris Williams painted a picture of the viaduct which she sold to Carlo Ponti, Sophia Loren's husband) and the very last pier being demolished. I'll never forget the sound of the demolition charges going off, it was a sad day for everyone in Crumlin. I lived at 28 Glen View until I was 5 and then moved to Llwyna Wen Farm on Hafodyrynys Road until coming to Australia, if anyone remembers me drop me an email, I'd love to hear from you.
Haydn Powell <>
Adelaide, SA Australia - on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 15:26:59
hi very good pic's very sharp one unusual fact on the viaduct it was straight then curved at the tunnel end viaducts tend to be straight or curved but not both arthur of risca
arthur <>
risca, np11 6pp 229 - on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 12:42:09
Dear John Thank you for a wonderful look back in our local history. Although it upset my wife and myself to believe that it was taken down and not bombed by the Gremans. We were both born the year that the bridge was being dismantled.We both have not seen so many photos of the actual bridge until tonight. The stories that we were told as children have stayed with us. Being a local family we thought that we knew most things about the area that we live in obviously not, what a terrible shame. We will continue to watch out for your web site Thank you very much for a very interesting web site please continue all your efforts.WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!
Andrew Brown <trogs 8>
Newport, GB Soth Wales - on Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 21:13:19
What a brilliant site, it really brought back some happy memories for me. My nephew attends Crumlin High Level school and they are doing a project on the Viaduct Bridge so when looking for some information came across this site. I lived in Lawn Terrace which was virtually under the bridge, and have lots of memories, one of the piers was about four houses away from my home and the day they brought down that pier, all us children were not allowed near there as the pier was so near the houses, so they locked us in Bethal Chapel! what a cheek! but we were allowed to watch all the other piers come down, I can remember my parents being upset about it. I had an uncle called Charlie Randall from Llanhilleth and he was a train guard and everyday when he went across the bridge he used to wave his red flag to us. Also looking at the photo's of Crumlin brought back so many memories of my father Marijan taking me down the canal on the barge, and getting all the pet food from the corn stores, and I also remember the "White Elephant" burning down. I could go on for ever but won't bore you any more, but thanks for this wonderfull site. and the happy memories it has brought back.
Sandra Morgan (nee) Valcic <>
Blackwood, na Gwent - on Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 22:20:54
Hi John, I'm from Merthyr (though long since moved away) and I can just about remember the Crumlin viaduct from my childhood. There is actually a picture on the site of a train crossing the viaduct on my 5th birthday (13/06/1964), which was nice! It's a tragedy that such monumental feats of engineering were so carelessly destroyed by unthinking bureaucrats in the 1960s and '70s. I suppose the 'powers that be' were less enlightened about the value of our industrial heritage at the time, although I can't honestly say they have behaved any better since. There seems to be a great desire amongst local authorities in South Wales to 'landscape' our entire industrial heritage out of existence - and I'm sad to say that they have more or less succeeded. In my view, the Crumlin viaduct was one of the modern 'Wonders of The World' – the 'pyramids of the valleys' if you will :) Anyway John, well done for keeping the memory alive!
Steve Griffiths <>
Lechlade, Glos. - on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 13:43:20
John.A brilliant website!Well done and good luck for the future.I shall be keep coming back.
Roy Jones <>
Bristol, - on Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 20:42:41
Dear John, I thought that your web site was great.If you havent already, I think that you should publish a book, Im sure that it would go well.I came down once or twice with my late brother looking for our roots, (when the "Hiraeth" got too strong". Although we are English,we do have Welsh roots and have spent many a Saturday touring the valleys looking, for what, neither of us ever found out, but we always had good times. We did actually find the old abutments once, and gazed in wonder,across the valley to the other side,imagining what it must have been like to live there in those hard times. Thanks again for the memories, and the trouble you must have gone to. Best Wishes David Jones, Gloucester 4/11/2001
David Jones <>
- on Sunday, November 04, 2001 at 21:16:09
I live in upper viaduct tce. and would like to say how much I have enjoyed looking at this sight.
Dean <>
Gwent Wales - on Sunday, October 28, 2001 at 16:24:06
I was born in 1950 and my family moved from 137 to 127 Lewis Street, Swffryd when I was six weeks old. Because the bridge was always there I don't think we took much notice of it until it was gone. Enjoyed your site. Thank you.
Marilyn Guest <>
Cardiff, - on Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 19:03:17
John, A wonderful site which I stumbled on by accident. I lived in 12 Upper Viaduct Terrace in the early sixties as a young boy. My grandmother (Catherine Wilkins)lived in 9 lower Viaduct Terrace. I was about 4/5 years old when they knocked the viaduct down but still remember it. I am sure that somewhere we have photo's of me with the viaduct in the background looking down Viaduct Terrace. Like others who have signed your guest book I also recall the great fuss when Arabesque was filmed but at the time was more interested in the helicopter than the film stars! Regards, Richard Garland.
Richard Garland <>
Ipswich, UK - on Friday, October 12, 2001 at 16:19:52
Gwefan hynod o ddiddorol, yn anffodus wi'n rhy ifanc i gofio'r viaduct ond gweles i hi ar y ffilim Aberesque ac roedd hi'n strwythur trawiadol iawn! Tasen nhw ond wedi'i chadw........
G Leach <>
Cwmcarn, Sir Caerffili, Cymru - on Friday, October 12, 2001 at 15:18:52
What a thoroughly splendid piece of Welsh Webbery. I have never really been much of a viaduct fan and I happened upon this site quite accidentally, but I must admit I was fascinated!
Hugh Issett <>
Wetterfield, England - on Friday, October 05, 2001 at 14:03:27
How fascinating and a bit nostalgic! I lived in Abertillery from 1960-1962 and remember Crumlin well, especially the viaduct.The mines, the miners, the Welsh accent etc... all of it comes back. Thank you. Richard.
Richard Griffin <>
Århus, Denmark - on Friday, October 05, 2001 at 06:24:30
Thank you for this site, I agree with your comments about what a wonderful tourist attraction it would have made. Joan
Joan Parry
Cardiff, Wales - on Sunday, September 30, 2001 at 09:13:18
Thank you John for creating such an interesting and informative site. Outsiders are indebted to people like you who take the time and effort to chronicle local history
Crispin Gray <>
Cambridge, - on Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 19:30:14
Great to see the old viaduct again, I knew it well when I lived in Aberdare and worked at Pontypool college. Will keep in touch from deepest Suffolk too far away from home!!!
Grahame Tanner <>
- on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 22:40:26
Hi John, I loved your site, especially the bit about viaducts. Do you sell postcards? My wife and me once crossed the viaduct on sleds for charity back in the '60s, and this has brought back a lot of memories. Thanks again!!
Stanley Whittle <>
Blodsville, Wa US of A - on Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 16:42:06
Hi John. Loved your sites Really enjoyed seaing all the photo;s of the Crumlin Viaduct.brought back lots of memories.I was born in Llanhilleth Blaencuffin rd.My husband Jeff was born in Abertillery,and worked in the Celynen North pit.and he thinks your site on the Mines are great.very well done to you. keep up the good work I have to show my mother inlaw Rene as Thom worked in the mines too.They also lived at the Sywffryd too. thank you. MARGARET DORRELL.
Margaret Dorrell nee Dennes <taffy@>
Mackay , QLD Australia - on Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 03:10:38
hi john its nice to see someone is keeping the memory of crumlin viaduct alive i lived in lewis st from 1939 to the mid sixties so i have lots of fond momories of the bridge we as lads used it as a short cut from one side of the vally to the other we would also go bird nesting along the walkway under the railway all unoficial of course the sadist they did was to take it down way thay couldnt have preserved it is a great shame still your site gives a good insite into what it was like. keep up the good work regards alan preece a true branch boy
alan preece <>
- on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 21:06:34
Your site brought back many memories many congratulations on setting it up. I was born in Whitethorn Terrace in 1927 moving to Oakland Terrace in 1935. My father worked on the GWR as a signalman, his signal box was situated next to the viaduct and many times I had to take his lunch across the bridge. On my way over I used to drop a piece of ballast (Stone) over, 200 feet down into the river Ebbw. My uncle Tom Lewis was the Undertaker in Crumlin!! Thanks again.Best Regards....
Tudor Edwards <>
Horsham West Sussex, - on Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 15:16:52
Hi John, Good site. I remember Crumlin Viaduct very well. In the early 60's I used to travel from Pontypool Road to Crumlin HL on trainspotting trips. Coming out of Hafodyrynys Tunnel and then onto the viaduct is something that will always be remembered. Walk down the hill from the station to catch a bus up to Aberbeeg Sheds, it was the walk back up the hill that was the killer though!! Brian Miller
Brian Miller <brian.valerail>
Barry, South Glamorgan - on Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 06:47:45
Hi John, thank you for the interesting site, it is nice to find such good photographs of something I was interesting in researching. I think some of my family worked on the viaduct, although they probably didn't arrive in Crumlin until after 1855 (maybe they worked on some of the construction problems encounted in the post construction period). Robert Bell was a bridge plater or his sons William and James Bell (Iron construction contractors and Engineers). I would be very interested if you have come across some of the Bell family in your research. Regards Paul Aston
Paul <>
Llanelli, Wales - on Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 21:14:54
dear john, i have some details of crumlim also bridge works etc, if your interested, i live in Ebbw vale so not so far away. I'm interested in anything you may have regading th viaduct or bridge works. i have recently viited the site of the prototype of the crumlin viaduct, although now destroyed.& i'm therefore interesteday new information that may come to light . yours [ an interested local historian] rodger burchell.
Rodger Burchell <>
- on Monday, March 26, 2001 at 22:44:13
How fascinated we were with your site, absolutely fantastic. Even though we grew up in and around Crumlin it was great to see the old photos. My wife remembers the dismantling at the age of 3, with the sparks landing on the Kendon road below.
Carl & Sian Burnett <>
Abercarn, Wales - on Monday, March 26, 2001 at 00:26:20
As the son of a railwayman based at Hirwaun we travelled over the viaduct hundreds of times from 1935 onwards. It represented the easiest route for us avaoiding a trip to Newport and Severn Tunnel Junction. Pontypool Road was our gateway. For shopping a trip to Pontypool Crane Street was a treat to look forward to for serveral days ahead. Creeping across the Viaduct at walking pace was always a thrill. Do you have a copy of a photograph reputedly found after WW2 in Luftwaffe files? A very enjoyable read - thank you so much. Keith Sanders, Datchet 45 SL3 9DD
Keith Sanders <>
Datchet, UK - on Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 21:29:58

Excellent web site, I remember my mother and father taking me to watch the helecopter flying under and over the Viaduct at the time of the filming of Arabesue. Jean
Mrs J Williams
Cardiff, Wales - on Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 08:29:44

Another book priced £16.99 not to purchase is a publication by Titan Books:- "The World Wide Guide To Movie Locations" By: Tony Reeves. I quote fron page 37: 'The helicopter scenes persuing Peck and Loren under railway viaduct was filmed at ABERTILLERY 12 miles north of Newport, Gwent, South Wales'. Road, rail, gas, electricity were cut off during the stunt filming and 350 people from the nearby village had to be evacuated. £2.00 disturbance money was given to each family'. It annoys me and I wonder where do these people obtain their facts from?
Roy Nancarrow <roy.nancarrow@ukonline.Co.UK>
Ebbw Vale, South Wales - on Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 17:53:03
In the interests of historical fact another book NOT to read is:- "The World Wide Guide To Movie Locations" By: Tony Reeves - Published by Titan Books. Yet another insult to the village Crumlin and wrong recording of history and film locations is perpetuated in the above publication - I quote from page 37:- 'Arabesque' The Helicopter scenes persuing Peck and Loren under railway viaduct was filmed at ABERTILLERY - 12 miles north of Newport, Gwent, South Wales. Road, rail, gas and electricity were cut off during the stunt filming and 350 people from the nearby village had to be evacuated and they gave £2.00 disturbance money to every family'. This publication - February 2001 priced at £16.99 is another example of wrong historical facts being perpetuated by someone who obviously knows very little about the subject area he has written about.
Roy Nancarrow <roy.nancarrow@ukonline.Co.UK>
Ebbw Vale, South Wales - on Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 17:40:37
Oh yes, and by the way, my grandfather used to come over from Ebbw Vale to fight in the pub directly beneath the viaduct (they used to hold boxing fights in the back room). He used to bring his son (my father) to watch. My father still remembers the chaos, classic valley pugilism and yes......unexplainable warmth and wonder. Thanks.
John Price <>
Tucson, AZ USA - on Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 02:10:39
Tidy Web Page John! Now living in Arizona, I was born in 1952 in Pontypool and raised in Blaina and remember many times travelling under the viaduct in both car and train. I also remember the filming of Arabesque. When I come "home" I still travel down the valley and remember the bridge that once was there. Thanks for the memories!John Price (still proud to be Welsh)
John Price <>
Tucson, AZ USA - on Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 02:04:07
Good stuff John. I will send details to my friend in US who will also be thrilled to see it.
Brynmawr, Gwent - on Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 17:16:57
I used to travel over the viaduct visit my Aunt and Uncle who live in Bargoed. I had forgotten just how high it was until I looked at your pictures. What a great shame that it was demolished. It would have been much better to preserve it as a monument to our engineering skills which are in danger of being lost.
David Woods <>
Sutton Coldfield, - on Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 23:57:53
Thanks for your site, John. I visited the Welsh mining valleys a few years ago with my friend, Roger Banfield of Monmouth, and he described the old viaduct--but until now I had never seen pictures of it or read it's history.
Matt Kelch <>
Thousand Oaks, Ca. USA - on Saturday, February 17, 2001 at 01:28:45
i think its a fantastic website my grandfather helped to build the viaduct maybe we could get in contact as i have a lot of old photos and paperwork regarding the building of the viaduct
effion evans <effion>
cardiff, wales - on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 11:12:26
Congrats on a great site. I have lived in Blaenavon for 10 years and currently work for Rathbone on the site of the Miners Training School, Mining School Hill, Crumlin. I have a news cutting showing a picture of Crumlin Hall, built by T W Kennard, for his own occupation. I am currently researching the history of the Miners School and hope to hear from anyone who trained their as a miner. I understand the Hon Neil Kinnock was amongst those?
Steve Frampton <>
Blaenavon, - on Sunday, February 11, 2001 at 17:15:05
Fantastic photos, I remember the Viaduct very well, travelled over it on many occasions.Well done.
James Price
Pontypool, Wales - on Friday, February 09, 2001 at 16:16:24
hi john my name is ian smith i lived in llanhilleth now in austraila great site brought back good memory's i still have family in llanhilleth.
ian smith <>
Blackwater, qld austraila - on Friday, January 26, 2001 at 10:22:12
Hi, my name is Lewis. I like your wedsite it's very creative. I just started a new business making handwelsh crafts for more info checkout (
Lewis Davies-Percy <lewis@tltocks>
Newport, Gwent Wales - on Thursday, January 25, 2001 at 13:35:22
Uncle John,(mam said) Is it true that the home guard used to guard the viaduct during the war using broom handles because they did not have guns?
joc davies <>
- on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 21:37:15
Well Done JohnThis brings back very fond memories of what crumlin was realy like.
Alf Creed
Hafodyrynys, Gwent - on Tuesday, January 09, 2001 at 13:29:25
I attended Crumlin tech. at the time of the filming of arabesque and remember the viaduct well. We used to have pasty and chips with gravy in the north pit followed by a pint in the viaduct pub. What memories! Your site "Welsh coal Mines" is also excellent and holds memories for me as my father worked in Wyllie. See you soon, Dave Grove Walk.
Dave Edwards <>
Wales - on Friday, January 05, 2001 at 23:27:41
Great site, my mother and father lived on either side of the viaduct and they used to walk over quiet a lot. Even thought I was born a year after it was taken down, I have always been interested in it. My father took many colour photos of the viaduct in 1966. Also my mother parents were injured during the demolishen. I have also built a model of the viaduct.
Geraint Parker <>
Pontllanfraith, Caerphilly - on Monday, December 25, 2000 at 21:31:34
CRUMLIN, WALES - on Thursday, December 21, 2000 at 11:51:53
Well done John great work in recalling memories of a sadly demolished landmark which dominated the Ebbw Valley. I agree with Roy Nancarrow of Ebbw Vale it is annoying when an engineer turned historian publishes blatantly wrong factsabout the location filming "Come September" was filmed in Hollywood in 1960 with second unit shooting being undertaken in Italy the completed motion picture was released to cinemas in 1961. The Gregory Peck - Sophia Loren undertook location filming on Crumlin Viaduct and the finished motion picture "Arabesque" was released to cinemas in 1966. So why did not Mr. Thomas afford the town of Crumlin and its Viaduct the correct credit surely it is easy enough to check out film facts and if you intend to publish a book on the history of any area you should leave nothing to chance and should research extensively before going into print and then intend selling the book to the public at a price £12.00.
C H Lewis
- on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at 18:35:08
Excellent site which brought back memories of an historic bridge. It should have never been destroyed. If preserved it would have been a boost to the tourism industry of the area. I remember the filming of "Arabesque" on the partly demolished viaduct on a Sunday in 1965. Having read "Heritage - History of Ebbw Vale" by Keith Thomas it is obvious that incorrect facts have been recorded about both motion pictures as well as Crumlin Viaduct and it appears that little or no research has been undertaken by the author.
P. Jenkins
Glos. - on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at 15:17:09
Not having seen this magnificent bridge for myself, (it was dismantled the year I was born.I am pleased to at last find this web site - it for me, brings part of our history aliveI only hope that Crumlin High Level - as Mike tilley has said - will use this and teach our childrenmore about the history of the valley they live in.Thank you JohnDebbie Sellwood - Treowen
Deborah Sellwood <>
- on Monday, December 18, 2000 at 13:46:21
I attended Crumlin Tech.during 1945-1950 and my Grandfather attended to study mine gases in the 20's. I lived in Abergavenny and travel over the Viaduct by train each day for 3 years.
Spencer Lewis <>
Langport, Somerset UK - on Friday, December 08, 2000 at 08:15:09
I used to be a Fireman on the Railway, and often worked both passenger and freight trains over the viaduct. I have recently written a book on Ebbw Vale called "then and now",if you would like to send an E Mail I could perhaps introduce you to my publisher, by the way I enjoyed looking at you site it was very interesting, I appreciate the work that has gone into it
Idwal Williams <>
Ebbw Vale, - on Wednesday, December 06, 2000 at 23:33:59
During the 1950's as a very young girl I used to travel by train over Crumlin Viaduct when visiting my Aunt and Uncle who lived at Aberdare.Best WishesMary
Mary Thomas
Pontypool, Wales - on Tuesday, November 28, 2000 at 19:39:07
Nantyglo, Gwent, UK - on Saturday, October 28, 2000 at 22:18:28
Well done John, the photos brought back many memories to me.
Harold Thomas <>
Pontllanfraith, Cymru - on Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at 16:31:49

Sorry, My other comment didnt mention I live in Trinidad , West Indies now and I forgot to say that one day , probably 15 years ago I stopped for lunch at a pub / restaurant in Basingstoke and on the walls were print pictures of crumlin viaduct. Anyne throw any light on them ? JDW
John Watkins
- on Friday, October 20, 2000 at 19:12:01

What Joy to find your site! A Blaina boy, seeing the photos and reading the stories takes me back to my happy youth. Thank you John for setting up the site . But , what about the other little bit of history in crumlin? The pit buildings just north of where the bridge used to be? They are so attractive yet the present owners are destroying them little by little. Years ago i wrote to the local council about them but was told they could do little about the situation. Anyone any ideas before another piece of the valley history is lost for ever? JDW
John Watkins <>
- on Friday, October 20, 2000 at 19:05:44
Whilst reading HN Maynard's 'Handbook to the Crumlin Viaduct' I discovered that commemmorative medals were sold in great numbers when the viaduct opened. Does anyone know the whereabouts of one of these meadals? They have a picture of the viaduct on one side and a list of specifications on the other...
Laura Hilton <>
Caerphilly, - on Thursday, October 12, 2000 at 09:52:21
John what an interesting site I was born in Central Road Llanhieth in 1958, which of course like the viaduct is no longer. As a child I remember passing the mighty srtucture on shopping trips to Newport. I actually crossed the Viaduct in 1958 before I was born, as mum was expecting me when she crossed it. I love to read any local history and see photos from the old country keep up the great work. Phil Purnell. Thornbury, Bristol.
Phil Purnell <>
Bristol, UK - on Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at 10:02:28
I was born in Llanhilleth in 1953 and remember getting sophia loren and gregory peck's autographs for my sister during the filming of the motion picture Arabesque . I remember sophia had a fur coat with hot water bottles sown into the inside to keep her warm as she ran along the suspended platform as a helecopter made passes underneath. It was a spectacular day . Great web site Well done Bob Walters Tehnical Manager CARAD Sound Studios Rhayader
Robert Walters
- on Saturday, October 07, 2000 at 12:52:16
John, Fascinating site, I spent the first four years of my life living in number 1 Viaduct Terrace. I can recall my family being given money by the film crew to go to Barry for the day whilst they shot scenes for Arabesque. I used to play around the base of the supports of the Viaduct collecting frogs and frog spawn. As a young boy I it was an awesome spectacle, although I can't actually recall trains travelling along it, I'm sure that they did. When my family relocated to Ty-sign I missed Crumlin. I believe that my parents have some old photographs of Viaduct terrace in the early sixties. I'll chase them up and send you copies. Steve
Steve Rowland <>
Newark, Notts UK - on Sunday, September 24, 2000 at 09:51:32
Nice One John! Having been born and bred in Swffryd, i enjoy seeing some of the great sites which can be found in the Ebbw valley on the web. How about some more pix and info on the modern day area. The Viaduct veiwpoint now offers some amazing veiws down the valley and over crumlin. Diolch yn fawr
Lee williams <>
- on Thursday, September 21, 2000 at 03:14:19
This is a wonderful and most informative site - Thankyou. As part of the history on the web project, Caerphilly County Borough Council are shortly to begin the production of an information database on Crumlin Viaduct for use in schools and as an aid for lifelong learning. I would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to share their memories and stories about the viaduct.
Laura Hilton (local studies officer) <>
Caerphilly, - on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 10:51:39
Your site brings back fond memories of my youth. Being born in Neath I travelled the railway up the Neath valley many times. Even rode on the foot plate of some of the coal trains up the Rhigos Bank. Thanks.
Alan Davies <>
Mobile, Al USA - on Sunday, September 17, 2000 at 19:25:49
I believe my maternal grandfather worked in Crumlin, possibly at a Mining Rescue Training School. I wonder if you have any knowledge of such an establishment, or know anybody who might. I would be very grateful. Thanks.
Chris Wright <>
Bedworth, Warks, UK - on Thursday, September 14, 2000 at 23:10:16
Should anyone be interested I have nearly finished a concise work on Crumlin Viaduct - film location entitled:- "From The Pen Of A Projectionist" - Welsh Film Location: "Arabesque". Depending on demand I could possibly publish it as it will possibly be of interest to students of film and railway history as well as local people. No idea of cost yet but would like to donate 50p from everyone sold to the "Hospice of The Valley's". E mail me please if interested.
Roy Nancarrow <roy.nancarrow@ukonline.Co.UK>
Ebbw Vale, South Wales. - on Wednesday, September 13, 2000 at 09:34:04
I remember when Universal Pictures utilised Crumlin Viaduct for location scenes for the espionage thriller "Arabesque". Saw the motion picture in Astoria Cinema, Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire. It annoys me that in a recent publication "Heritage - History of Ebbw Vale" the author claims that this historic viaduct was used for location filming for another Universal Picture:- "Come September" - this is blatantly wrong and the author has not checked his facts out.
Roy Nancarrow <roy.nancarrow@ukonline.Co.UK>
Ebbw Vale, South Wales. - on Tuesday, September 12, 2000 at 21:24:49
I have vague memories of watching them dismantle the Crumlin Viaduct and I always thought it was a shame , nice to see some old photos of Crumlin being a Llabn girl myself. Its always nice to see someone else's interest in the area. Very informative site. Regards Linda
Linda Stemp <>
- on Friday, September 08, 2000 at 11:41:54
Excellent! As a Welsh narrow gauge enthusiast thie site is a treat. Hope to visit Crumlin next time I'm over. Diolch yn fawr Media manager Montreal St. David's Society
Sidney J. Watkins <>
Montreal, Quebec Canada - on Monday, August 28, 2000 at 16:50:04
Found your website thro' the link on my good friend David Llewellyn's Abertillery.Your site has brought back many memeories of my visits to Pontypool and the surrounding districts during my childhood.Thank you.
W.Glyn Stephens <>
Brentwood Bay, BC Canada - on Friday, August 18, 2000 at 21:06:40
Congratulations on a fine site John. Hailing from Abercarn, I would often go to the pictures in Crumlin, to a flee pit know affectionately as 'Dirty Dicks'! One of my earliest memories of the viaduct is of standing on the bus stop in the dark, waiting for the homeward bus. Looking up, I saw a passenger train, lights blazing, crossing the viaduct, which was invisible in the dark. Scared me to death!!
Don Haines <>
Sandbach, Cheshire - on Friday, August 11, 2000 at 07:51:07
My thanks to Geraint for telling me about the error with my email address and my apologies to anyone else who have had the same problems in trying to contact me. The email address has now been corrected.
John, (web master) <>
Croespenmaen, Wales - on Tuesday, August 08, 2000 at 13:45:48
John, Excellent web site. I have some photographs that may be of interest to you both of Crumlin and Hengoed. I tried to e-mail you using the address on your home-page, but it was received by somebody else who was kind enough to return my message. Could you please check out the address shown and I will try again in a few days or contact me at this address - Geraint Hunter. (Pentwynmawr)
Geraint Hunter <>
- on Tuesday, August 08, 2000 at 12:33:43
I have moved to Plas Newydd in Swffyrd and would be very interested in any information you have about "our end" of the viaduct.
CAtherine Carr <>
- on Wednesday, August 02, 2000 at 12:55:41

Excellent site - da iawn. Have provided a link from the Abertillery and District website:
David Llewellyn
Cymru - on Thursday, July 13, 2000 at 13:20:40

I used to work on the railway and my job took me over the Crumlin viaduct on many occasions, it really was a splendid work of engineering.
H. Monks
Reading, England - on Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 06:46:52
Well done, John, absolutely magic! I'm surfing at 2.20 a.m. but I know the family will be delighted to see the village on the web tomorrow! Best Wishes from all at 3,Commercial Road. Gwyn Williams.
Gwyn Williams <>
Crumlin, sorry - on Sunday, June 25, 2000 at 01:15:47
Hello I was born and bred in Crumlin and have lived 40 years abroad, I lived at 5 Oakland terr just level with the below Treowen, the bridge was hte first thing i sa every day i got up, my friends and I climbed all over this bridge. I attended High level junior school and later greenfield secondary ,if any of my former school freinds read this it would be niece to here from you, I finished school in 1955 Gordon Groves was headmaster and my favorite teacher was John herbert wonder if they are still around. thanks for taking the time to build this website it has and will continue to giv me great pleaure and memories. THANKS MIKE
Mike Morgan <>
Kelowna, bc CANADA - on Saturday, June 24, 2000 at 19:51:44
Enjoyed reading about the Crumlin Viaduct. My great Grandfather Thomas Francis Davies, an Engineer, was brought to Crumlin and Blaenavon from Mostyn, North Wales by Thomas Kennard to work on the construction of the viaduct.
David Jones <>
Tucson, AZ USA - on Saturday, June 24, 2000 at 04:43:20
I was employed at the dismantling of that fine bridge, I thought at the time it was a great pity, sorry but I was only doing my job.
Bob Simmonds
Glasgow, Scotland - on Tuesday, June 20, 2000 at 18:06:54
Great site I am the Webmaster of the new Valley-Link web site that covers the old area of Islwyn. I have place a link to your site on my links page.
Stephen <>
Islwyn, Wales - on Tuesday, June 20, 2000 at 15:27:55
Testing new guestbook
John <>
Nr Cardiff, Cymru - on Monday, June 19, 2000 at 19:29:04

John, Your page is of great interest. The 'Bridge' has been a source of fascination for my son all his life and he would really like to obtain copies of the photographs. Is this possible please. My name is Alan Hunter and I live in Pentwynmawr. My E.mail address is Kind regards.

Alan Hunter

Pentwynmawr, Wales-on Wednesday. June 14 at 13:15:40

ardderchog sion celyn,dal ati.Da iawn.Max

Max Lawrence

Gelligroes Cymru-on Sunday June 11 at 15:45:35

very nice web site brings back memories of the time I lived in Aberbeeg back in the 50's, thank you John


Bristol, England on Tuesday 6 June at 12:35:17

Well done John I think it's a very interesting web site Angela Smith Crymlyn


Croespenmaen, Cymru on Sunday 4 June at 14:20:41

Dad, Great site, I only wish they taught me about our local history when I was in Crumlin High level (Mr Tilley). You have put Crumlin on the map. Weloch chi yn fuan. Ardderchog!! Nicola Smith Ynys Mon

Nicola Smith

Ynys Mon, Cymru on Sunday June 4 at 13:36:23

My recollections of the Crumlin Viaduct are: as a child I can remembern travelling under the bridge on the way to visiting my relatives in Llanhilleth. I lived in Caerleon and it meant either a bus trip or a train trip on the old Western valley line to get to Llanhilleth. I never did get to travel by train over the bridge, but I can recall another viaduct at Garndiffiath near my old school at Abersychan. In those days it was still used by coal trains. This viaduct os made od stone, and as far as I know it stilll stands, unlike the one at Crumlin. All the best, John John Batt. Location: NZ

John Batt

New Zealand, on Saturday 3 June at 05:38:31

I'm the Headteacher of Crumlin High Level Primary School, which is situated just below the High Level Station which was at one end of the viaduct. I grew up in Crumlin, and have memories of how it dominated the valley. Indeed, even now, I expect to see it as I drive up the new road where the canal used to be. I think it's a great idea to set up the web site. We will certainly use it in school. Mike Tilley

Mike Tilley

Crumlin, on Saturday 3 June at 15:35:20

Hi John Great site, I am originally from Llanhilleth. It is a pleasure to see the old favourites. Jeff


Carstairs, Alberta, Canada on the Sunday 28 May at 23:24:21

Viewed at last John

Janet Maggs

Croespenmaen, on Friday 26 May at 14:17:39

Jill, Gary, Craig, Scott and Jenna Carpenter. Current occupiers of Glen Veiw House Crumlin which is visible on Picture 3 of the photo album. Very interesting web. Glancing photos to see if there was an old photo of my house possibly on 7 the old sketch from north. Thanks for putting Crumlin on the map so to speak

Jill Carpenter

Crumlin, Wales on Monday 23 May at 18:23:42

Hello John. My name is Alun Jeffreys and I originate from Brynithel although I now live in Bridgend. Although I was born a few months after the Viaduct was pulled down I have always had a keen interest in its history as well as collecting pictures etc. What a welcome find this homepage is and it is now in my favourites page. Keep up the good work.

Alun Jeffreys

Bridgend, Wales on Saturday 21 May at 15:45:21

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