Work in progress…

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

Walnut Tree Hotel and Capitol/David Evans 1960s

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.

Plaza Cinema

Plaza Cinema

This unmistakable building is one of my favourites, unusual in buildings I’ve modelled in that it’s still standing, though derelict now of course.

This model was started by eye, I’ve since got some partial scaled drawings and may re-visit it and finish it at some point, should the current plans for the building be successful it may be timely to finish it and model the original interior – auditorium, foyer and projection room etc.

Municipal Buildings

Church Street Elevation

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

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.

 

 

Avon Vale Hotel

Model Notes

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.

Building Notes

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.

Corner Elevation – 1960s
Cwmavon Road Elevation – 1960s
Closeup detail

Globe Hotel

Model Notes

This 3D model had been parked for a while without much progress, this was drawn from photographs and I haven’t yet come across any views showing the rear elevation clearly.

The three elevations I have source material for will be tidied up and finished pending any information that might come forward about the interior layout which remains unknown to me.

Some history to the Globe to follow.

Globe Hotel – High Street Elevation – 1960s
Globe Hotel – Corner – 1960s

Jersey Beach Hotel (1900-1908)

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.

Jersey Beach Hotel 1900.
Right Hand Side 1900, the two door openings lead in to the two public bars.

Baglan Hall

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 seanpursey@outlook.com

History from Cofelin:

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.

Baglan Hall 1950s
Baglan Hall 1950s

Great Hall – Sandfields Comprehensive School

The Great Hall was built along with the rest of Sandfields Comprhensive 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 due to open in September 2018.

Great Hall – 1958
Great Hall Front – 1958
Great Hall Left Side – 1958
Great Hall Right Side – 1958
Section through the building showing foyer area, auditorium and stage. 

 

Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company Offices

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

Side of the building on Eaqle Street as it stood in 1897

Ground Floor Layout 1897

First Floor Layout 1897
Second Floor Layout 1897

The Cradock Arms

A work-in-progress model of the Cradock Arms which stood in Green Park.

The earliest record I can find so far about the pub is in 1873, where the building was called the ‘Caradoc Arms’ and referred to as a ‘beerhouse’

The pub closed in September 2016 and was demolished in March 2017.

Full history and drawings to come.  

Exterior, with attached cottage 1950s

 

Exterior, with attached cottage and rear extension 1950s

 

Ground Floor Layout 1939

 

First Floor Layout 1939

 

 

The Railway Tavern

My latest 3D drawing, the Railway Tavern.

Standing in Water Street, the last building before the railway bridge, opposite the old Aberavon Market.  

Location of the Railway Tavern in Aberavon

The pub, along with much of old Aberavon was demolished in 1972 to make way for the Aberavon Shopping Centre and new road layout, the bus station entrance now stands on the site.

Location of Railway Tavern on a modern aerial photograph.

This particular building was built in 1909 by Mr E. Evans Bevan, replacing the earlier building on the site (also called the Railway Tavern).

Mr Evans Bevan bought the earlier building, along with the two adjacent cottages, at an auction held in the Avon Vale Hotel in July 1900, paying £4900 for the pub, and £335 for the two adjacent cottages after a ‘spirited bidding’.

The new building incorporated these two adjacent cottages and became a much larger pub than the original, with several bars downstairs and a club room and five-bedrooms above . 

Ground Floor Layout 1950
First Floor Layout 1950

The club room on the first floor was well used by the local trade unions for branch meetings and contained a snooker table in later years. Its not known whether the upstairs layout was altered to accommodate this as this would’ve taken up a large part of the space.

Landlords from the 1940s onwards include:
Mr & Mrs Phillips (Until late 40s)
Lilian and Garfield Davies  (Late 40s – 1950s)
The final Landlady was Alice Thomas who ran the pub from the 1960s until its demolition.

In its earlier form the pub seemed to run in to a few licensing issues over the years. The licensee in 1903 was Mary Abraham – she was summoned to Aberavon Police-court, for permitting drunkenness in the pub ‘on the Thursday evening prior to Good Friday’. She was fined £2 plus costs!

Later in 1904 the tavern would have its licence objected to due to ‘structural defects’, these were later rectified and the licence granted, but may have gone some way to encourage its re-building.

I’ll have to take a look through some earlier shots of Water Street to see if I can catch a glimpse of the pub in its earlier form, I’m not certain yet from what date the first pub was on this site. Any further information on the landlords, or history of this pub would be much appreciated. 

Below is the full 360° view, which might take a few moments to load.

With thanks to Damian Owen for reference photographs, the West Glamorgan Archive Service for reference drawings and members of Port Talbot Old and New for additional information.