THE SHOPS OF RHIGOS
On seeing this photograph of Rhigos Shop and Post Office, brings to mind all the other shops I remember in the village.
The first shop I recall on moving to Rhigos was John Lewis’s shop on Beacon Road. When the council houses were built up the Bryn, Mr Lewis opened a shop on the right as you turned into Heol Y Bryn. This shop was eventually taken over by the Pullman family.
Other shops were, Smith’s on Smiths Avenue owned by Rhys Smith the Justice of the Peace.
On Heol Y Graig was a sweet shop owned by Mr & Mrs Powell. In the 1950’s a Co-op store was built on Heol Esgyn, and opposite it was a small shop owned by Mr Pullman. Just around the corner was the Post Office and general store. This was run by several families over the years, the last family I remember were the Smith family.
On Heol Pendarren was a general store owned by Miss Lil Davies and later by the Jones family. Further up the road by the junction where the bus stop was, there used to be a butchers shop and a general store owned by Mrs Newth. It later became a greengrocers shop owned by Mr Pete Walters. It is now the Post Office and general store shown in the photograph above. I believe it is now the only shop in the village. There was also a small sweet shop near the Plough Inn.
At one time there was also a Fish and Chip shop as you turned into Heol Y Bryn.
Rhigos at one time had three café’s, Bank Top Café opposite Smiths Avenue, Beacon View Cafe, near the turning for Treherbert Road, and The Don Café at the top of Pen Cae Draen. The Don was a welcome refreshment stop after the long pull up Pen Cae Draen for families who had been down to Dinas Rock and Pontneathvaughan for a days outing. These three café’s were mainly transport cafe’s providing a service for the many lorries that travelled along the main road carrying coal and steel.
To provide further choice for the people of the village there were numerous mobile shops and delivery vans visiting the village at regular intervals. These were a mobile grocery shop, a bakers van, Corona pop lorry and a greengrocers van. At one time there was even a mobile fish and chip van.
I may not be totally accurate on all of these memories and I do not remember all the names of the people who ran these shops at different times, so if anyone knows differently then please let me know.