Cold War Warrior

Cold War Warrior

Posted on 07/09/2015

Photo taken on July  9, 2015

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Heol y Pwca, West Pontnewydd, Cwmbran 9 Jul 2015

Heol y Pwca, West Pontnewydd, Cwmbran 9 Jul 2015
Another opportunity to showcase Mynydd Maen rising above Cwmbran. Heol y Pwca (Pwca Road), like the nearby Ty Pwca Road, gets its name from Ty Pwca Farm which is now buried under post war Cwmbran Development Corporation housing estates. A "pwca" is an imp like creature who can help you if pleased, or play tricks on you if upset, like souring your milk. Celtic in origin, it was the inspiration for Puck in 'A Midsummer's Night Dream". It is related to the pixie, or the Cornish pisky.

The "Beauty Boutique" to the left is part of Maendy Square shops; until the late 1960s it was a Home & Colonial, immaculately kept with a wonderful smell of spices. Today, the shops are run down and are a bit of a no go area in the evenings.