Over the course of the last 5 years I’ve amassed a number of part finished models, some of which are not quite ready for their own page on here just yet. Some have proved to be difficult and tedious, others need more source material to complete.
Here’s a few I’m still working on that may be finished eventually..
Walnut Tree Hotel etc
This started as a model of the Walnut Tree Hotel, High Street, which was originally drawn by eye from photographs, I then added the former Capitol Cinema building/ David Evans store which was next door, separated from the hotel by Walnut Tree Lane.
The model of the Capitol is reasonably accurate, taken from a mixture of old floor plans, maps and photographs. Since drawing this I’ve sourced more material for the Walnut Tree Hotel, which I’m in the process of re-drawing to its correct scale.
This double drawing has the makings of a beginning of an entire model of High Street. I currently have The Globe, Capitol, Walnut and Avon Vale in progress, but it will be quite a feat to model the rest of the shops and pubs in between.
This building is one I’ve wanted to model for a long time, one of the most iconic and missed buildings of old Aberavon. Frustratingly my search for floor layouts hasn’t turned up anything yet, possibly lost among many building moves and reorganisations of Local Government since.
This model has been started by eye, using a few dimensions from a newspaper article, some maps and many many photographs of the building. There are lots of angles and stone detailing at play and plenty of trial and error in getting the scale correct. Once a few more initial hurdles are out of the way this one should move along.
I currently have a partially estimated floor layout too based on a handful of known, photographed rooms, council chamber, courtroom, mayor’s parlour, hallways/staircases. Locations of windows/doors in photographs and estimated room dimensions have given me some good clues.
Avon Vale Hotel
This lovely building sat on the corner of High Street and Cwmavon Road and was built in 1913
This building has proven to be a tricky one to model, curves and unusually detailed windows on the ground floor have delayed progress. There is more work to be done on the ground floor windows, doors, curved stone detailing to the corner and roofline.
I have interior layouts for this building so it will be a nice complete model once its finished.
This building has proven to be a tricky one to model, curves and unusually detailed windows on the ground floor have delayed progress.
Current progress is shown below, more work to be done on the ground floor windows, doors, curved stone detailing to the corner and roofline.
This lovely building sat on the corner of High Street and Cwmavon Road, originally a much smaller pub, this building was built in 1913.
The building was eventually demolished in 1970s for the town centre redevelopment.
This building is the first of two ‘Jersey Beach Hotels’ to grace Aberavon Beach. Arguably this original building is much more appealing than its flat-roofed successor which would be built after this building suffered a disastrous fire in 1908, reducing it to a shell.
The Jersey Beach Hotel was the first permanent building to be built at Aberavon Beach and was constructed from 1899-1900 and opened in July 1900.
Closeup of the detail in the buildings’ stonework
The building pre-dates the promenade and sea wall, which eventually followed two years later in 1902 at the cost of £4000. That same year the breakwater was converted into a public promenade, work on that was completed in only six weeks, costing £1200.
The Hotel itself consisted of 14 bedrooms, lounges, dining rooms, bars and a tea room/banqueting room seen below on the left hand side.
Front View 1900
The model will be updated shortly to show the interior layout of the hotel.
This model is a long-term work in progress due to a lack of source material to complete it. Anyone with photographs, drawings etc of the building, particularly the rear elevations please send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Baglan Hall, home to the Llewellyns, squires of Baglan, was a large, sixteenth century house, extended in the early 1800s, and again in 1904. The Hall was acquired by Port Talbot Corporation and demolished in 1952, the site used to create a park. The building had a central 3-storey section with 2-storey wings. The upper windows were round-headed, and in the central section, cut into the eaves. There was a central, rectangular glazed porch.
The Great Hall was built along with the rest of Sandfields Comprehensive School in the 1957/1958, opening to pupils in 1958.
The building consisted of a theatre seating 650 across a stepped stalls and balcony along with a small double-height foyer space and adjoining toilets.
Following the closure of the school in 2016 the site was due to be converted into a welsh language school. New-build finance became available to the local authority and the building was demolished along with the rest of the school buildings for a new build, Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Dur which is opened in September 2018.
This building was built on Talbot Road in 1897 for the Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company. The building was joined in 1905 by a later addition on the Eagle Street elevation called ‘Customs House’ which is not shown here.
With surprisingly few interior alterations the building later became offices for the local authority, the building stood vacant for a few years before being demolished in 2012 along with the adjoining Royal Buildings, prior to the demolition a community campaign did attempt to have both buildings listed – to no avail.
Front of the building on Talbot Road as it stood in 1897