THIS week the nostalgia section features The Square in Blackwood during the 1900s.

The first photo shows the centre of the town in 1908. To the right is Cefn Road which was the principal route from Bedwellty Church through the town down to the river crossing at the Rock and Fountain public house. In the distance is the new Co-operative building which had been opened in the previous decade.

In contrast, the second image is a postcard which dates from around the end of World War I.

To the right is the drapery business of Powell and Jones trading as the Bon Marche. The trees in the centre indicate the position of the Edmunds home, the most impressive house in the town at the time. There are no vehicles, the roads are the preserve of pedestrians. The building to the left are still in use, one being part of HSBC. A little beyond these buildings the road from The Square leads down Hall Street and on to the river bridge. Just over this bridge was the tramroad which carried coal from local levels down the valley.

The Campaign would like to thank writer and historian Ewart Smith for providing the photographs, as featured in his Blackwood Yesterday series of books.