THE first hospital in Blaenavon was a small building in North Street, but in 1925 a house known as Tŷ Mawr (the Big House), built in the mid-nineteenth century as a home for Samuel Hopkins of the Blaenavon Company on Church Street was converted to the town’s hospital.

For many years the adjoining grounds were the site of an annual, fundraising fete and carnival for the hospital.

Later the building became a residential home for the elderly.

The building is now derelict and has been recently purchased by a private individual.

Nostalgia is provided by Torfaen Museum.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Thursday between 10am and 4pm, and between 1pm and 4pm on weekends.