Wonderful Black and White Photos of Life in South Wales in the 1970s

South Wales is a loosely defined region of Wales bordered by England to the east and mid Wales to the north. Generally considered to include the historic counties of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire, south Wales extends westwards to include Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. The Brecon Beacons National Park covers about a third of south Wales, containing Pen y Fan, the highest British mountain south of Cadair Idris in Snowdonia. These pictures were taken by Robin Weaver during his time as a newspaper photographer in South Wales in the seventies. When he wasn’t covering hard news or local events for his paper, Weaver liked to photograph the people and everyday scenes he came across. Silver Jubilee fancy dress parade, Monmouth, Monmnouthshire


To give a portrait of a unique place and time for his first book, A Different Country, he has revisited his old personal negative files. “I believe that old photographs develop a special character. It’s a unique sheen imbued by the passage of time.” Said Weaver. “Looking through these photographs today, four decades later, I find myself not only in a different time, but also in a different country.” From old terrace houses and corner shops to pancake races and fancy parades, Weaver truly captured the essence of life in the South Wales Valleys at the time. For more details of his book, visit Blurb and Weaver’s website.Corner shop, Dowlais


Band members relax at The Miners’ Gala, Cardiff


Anti-racism demonstration, Cardiff


New Tredegar


A corner shop in Splott, Cardiff


Bank holiday tug of war competition, Pill, Newport


Dog show at the Taf Fechan Hunt Show, Merthyr Tydfil


Children playing where old terraced houses have been demolished to make way for redevelopment, Pill, Newport


Woodland Terrace, Aberbeeg, Abertillery, Gwent


Rogerstone Carnival


Waiting for a bus beneath the Duke of Wellington monument in Brecon


Army bandsmen feeling the November cold, Remembrance Sunday parade, Monmouth, Monmouthshire


Whitsun civic parade, Llanhilleth


Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil


Flower show, Llanfrechfa


Children playing on their way home from school, Rhymney


Carnival Queen Competition, Newbridge


Mr Parfitt, aged 84, last resident with his wife of old ironworkers’ cottages, Blaenavon


Pancake race, Bettws, Newport


Women chatting in a street of boarded up houses awaiting demolition, Butetown (Tiger Bay), Cardiff


Going shopping in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil


Farmers’ wives at Abergavenny cattle market




Portland Street, Pill, Newport


Picnicking at Barry Show


Shocked steelworkers are told that their plant is to be closed, Ebbw Vale Welfare Ground


Neighbours in Blaen-y-Cwm, Treherbert, Rhondda Fawr


Pill, Newport


 Hollybush Carnival

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