Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Abergavenny - Gateway to Wales, Or Another Ghost Town?

Last Wednesday, whilst the sun was still shining (unlike today) we took a drive to Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, South Wales. 

'Gateway to Wales, Or Another Ghost Town?' is the sign we saw on a number of shop windows.  If you want to read know more about this, see here.
Abergavenny is about 20 miles from the English border and attracts tourists due to its closeness to the Brecon Beacons National Park. 

We decided to check out the Abergavenny Market Hall that was hosting its weekly 'Flea Market'.  On other days it has farmers markets, antique and crafts fairs and so forth.   A definite invitation to return again.
Like any tourist, I have a tendency to look up - not architecture in this case.  
You can see how busy the market is in the picture below. It seems really popular.   
Since 1999, Abergavenny has been hosting an annual  Food Festival.  It has grown and become most successful over the years.  This years Abergavenny Food Festival will take place mid-September.  Of course, I'd love to go.  I will have to wait closer to the time to see what commitments I have.
After wandering the High Street and ducking in and diving out of charity and thrift shops, we walked on over to the towns Medieval stone castle.  
Abergavenny Castle.

This is just a glimpse of Abergavenny - I do hope to return there again.  Perhaps alone, perhaps with family, perhaps with friends, but return I shall attracted especially by the Market Hall. 
Look as I sign off for the day, I  tease you with a distant glimpse of me eating a bag of crisps. That is really me, always nibbling.

18 comments:

  1. That first photo has a really powerful message!

    Martin

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  2. I have been to Abergavenny whilst visiting the Brecon Beacons. (Also, not too far from Cardiff, the home of my alma mater). I found it charming because it reminded me of a cornish town. I love Wales for that. Once you get outside of the main cities it is peaceful and rural. (Even Cardiff's not too hectic I guess!).

    I'll always be a country girl at heart. :)

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    1. Thanks Bryallen.
      I agree, compared to other cities, Cardiff is not that hectic. I don't mind it. Its changed a lot in 15 years though. I remember when there was no Millenium Stadium.

      I hope to visit Brecon Beacons too, plenty of time to explore my new home again.

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  3. I hope you'll find your way to the Court Cupboard Gallery next time!! (out on the Skirrid Road, follow the brown road signs)
    Abergavenny has been struggling for a few years, with small local shops closing and big chains moving in.
    The excuse for the proposed removal of the stock market out of town (site still not agreed) was to reduce lorry traffic..as much will still drive past on the way to the new market, whether at Raglan or Mamhilad, that seems invalid.
    If you also notice how many farmers' spouses there are shopping in town when the farmer is busy selling, having the stock market out of town is surely shooting themselves in the foot! Also putting another supermarket there (Mor*****ns) (with an eight foot perimeter wall!!) seems ridiculous when there is a Wa****se and a T***os there already!!

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    1. Thank you GZ.

      I will def. be going again, not sure when - but when I do I willkeep my eye out for the Court Gupboard Gllery. Sadly Abergavenny is feeling what many other town have been for a while, economic delcine. It still has a lot going for it, esp. its proximity to Brecon Beacons. Thanks for giving me a bit more background on it though, its appreciated. Bloody supermarkets, they are everywhere now. I miss the niche of small unique shops.

      PS I also wanted to say thank you so much for choosing to become a follower, it really is appreciated.

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  4. It's been interesting to read about your trip to Abergavenny and the market / supermarket situation in town. I narrowly missed visiting Abergavenny when we had a short holiday in Monmouth last year. On the last day of the trip it was either Abergavenny or Blaenafon and we opted for the heritage site at Blaenafon which was wonderful. I must ask you if you have discovered Blaenafon Cheddar Co. which I visited and have since been mail ordering cheese from them. Fabulous flavours and texture and everything I've had so far is veggie, love the Dragons Breath. Tomorrow I'm making your Caerphilly, leek & potato pie although I couldn't find any Caerphilly in the shops here so going to have to use whatevers in the fridge.

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    1. Thank you Patty.
      Will def. be exploring Blaenafon in the future.
      Nope, I have not discovered Blaenafon Cheddar Co. yet, but now that you have notified me - I will keep my eyes out for it at the Welsh deli's here. Want to taste it first, then maybe invest in a larger portion. I've heard of Dragons Breath - now have to try that.

      Shame you couldn't find Caerphilly cheese, when I was in Scotland I struggled too. You may just have to sub with a similar type. Hope the pie turns out great. So far one reader has made it with postive reviews - hope it continues. Please do let me know. Take care.

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  5. The place look amazing, its not so far from me but I lack time to travel. Glad to read about it though. Really enjoyed the pictures. Wishing you all the best!

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  6. Love that you are out and about exploring already. I always read with interests your Scottish adventures exploring new places.

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    1. Thanks James.
      I enjoyed exploring Scotland, now its time to explore Wales.

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  7. Love your blog. I think I'll be spending a bit or browsing time here. Love your food ideas. It's nice to see what gardners and cooks from the northern hemisphere are doing!

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  8. Some great photos of Abergavenny, I must make a trip, especially on a market day, inspired by your pictures! It's really not too far from my house.

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  9. That is an awesome market! I always believed that the best way to feel the local vibe of any city is to visit the local market. Great photos!

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  10. I love Abergavenny! I passed by the town on the way to Aberystwyth a few years ago and vowed to go back. I have yet to make the trip there again though although am tempted to go to the food festival too!

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    1. Hello Crispy.
      I hope you do get to go there, esp. around the food festival time. Been to Aberystwyth a few times. I used to live in Harlech. You may have visited the beach or the castle there.

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