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Bream High Street, with shops and the Cross Keys Inn.

An old photo of Bream High Street showing the Cross Keys Inn.

The card cariies a 1955 Bream postmark. The lorry on the left is marked Ballingers, Monmouth.
The registration number on the van is not clear but looks to be DD 8195?

Jeff Jones added: "... A mineral water works manufacturing soda water, lemonade and ginger beer was established at 23 Glendower Street Monmouth in 1866 by Thomas Hyam, who became a leading figure in C19th Monmouth. Since the 1890s Charles Ballinger had been making "Ballinger's Famous Mineral Waters'" from his Pont Mynwy (Monnow Bridge) Works. In 1911 he took over Hyam's business, and moved into the Glendower Street premises. Ballinger was also the landlord of the Griffin Hotel in Whitecross Street. As well as making Mineral Water they were a bottler of Bass and Worthington's Ales, Guinness Stout and Wheatley's Hop Bitters. This continued until they closed down in the 1960s. The premises were then occupied by Ebley Tyres, and nowadays the Glendower Street premises are Hyam Court residential apartments. The nearer van may well have a DD registration, as that code was one of eight used for vehicles first registered in Gloucester, hence our FoD area. This 2 letter system was used from 1932 to 1963, after that 3 letters were used within the reg number, the second and third still following the same ID letter system as before. Other Gloucester area codes were AD, CJ, DF, DG, FH, FO, VJ.".

A detail from the Bream High Street photo

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