Introduction to Frogmore Street

GENERAL BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION TO FROGMORE STREET

(This information taken from original Abergavenny Local History Society Survey 1980)

Numbers run from the medieval north gate, marked by the Abergavenny Local History  Society
plaque on number 2 Frogmore Street (The Midland Bank) to the First World War Monument.
Properties beyond the monument, except Frogmore Street chapel, are not covered in the
survey.  Numbers on the west side of the street return from the wide open space (formerly
occupied by nos. 41, 42 and 43) southward to the site of the medieval gate again, now no.
70 (The Principality Building Society).

Before numbering was done c.1850, the part of Brecon Road between the monument and St
Michael’s Road was also known as Frogmore Street.

The name “Frogmore” is said to relate to the marshy character of the area.   Certainly the
Cybi brook, which is culverted behind the properties on the north side of the street has,
until recently, caused flooding after heavy rain.  (A 1980 flood prevention scheme may well
have cured the problem).

But the name may well refer to a local surname “Throgmore”
(There is a handwritten footnote to this comment stating “I think this is a misreading of
the “double ff” used as a capital F in old documents)   Also footnote stating : In the 17th
century Parish Registers, it is called “Rogmore Street”

Today, the street is a thriving shopping area with a one-way northward flow of traffic
meeting the very busy A40 trunk road at the War Memorial.   There are no residential
properties though one can still see signs of humbler cottages outside the main town in
White Horse Lane and in 54 Frogmore Street.   A pig market once existed at No.53
Baker Street was a new insert after the mid 19th century.  A well was uncovered in the
pavement, about 10 metres from the street junction, corner of Richards store.  About the
same time, c. 1960, another well was found about 15 metres from the roadway in the “arcade”
between Harringtons and Jackson & Daly (see no. 43, now Kwik Save)