General History

Blaina House – Cwmcelyn, Blaina

Blaina House – Cwmcelyn, Blaina. Blaina House along with a few other houses and the Blaina Inn belonged to and was part of the Blaina Estate. The Estate was all part of the Blaina Iron Works. I don’t know the exact date Blaina House was constructed though it was on the 1840 Tithe Map (as seen left) The block of ... Read More »

Blaina Iron Works – A Brief History

Blaina Iron Works. Mr George Jones. In 1820 the Blaina Iron Works were established by Mr George Jones, a Shropshire Iron Master. Over the proceeding years the area slowly built up around them and was carried on by Mr Richard Brown and his son’s. More information on Mr George Jones below. Messrs Brown Family. Mr Richard Brown. Mr Richard Brown ... Read More »

The Drinking Fountain – Bush Hill, Abertillery

The Drinking Fountain – Bush Hill, Abertillery. On Tuesday 25th March 1902 a special meeting of the Abertillery District Council, convened by Mr W. P. Thomas the Chairman, was held for the purpose of considering in what manner the Coronation of King Edward VII should be celebrated in the district. It was decided to celebrate the Coronation day by holding ... Read More »

Abertillery War Memorial

Abertillery War Memorial. After the Great War of 1914-1918 and prior to the erection of the War Memorial the people of Abertillery attended Remembrance Day Services every November 11th at various buildings in the town. The main procession was formed at the Drill Hall with a walk to the Parish Church where memorial services were held. The Salvation Army used ... Read More »

Mr John Monks – Contractor, Crumlin and Blaina

Mr John Monks – Contractor. Mr John Monks was born in Bath in 1852. After the death of his father in 1869 he came to Monmouthshire and entered into the employment of his uncle Mr J. Cox at Crosskeys. He moved to Newport and was employed by Messrs Firbank, Railway Contractors. It was reported he was with this firm during ... Read More »

The New Road – Abertillery to Crumlin

The New Road – Abertillery to Crumlin. A new road from Abertillery to Crumlin was first mentioned as early as 1878 but not officially stated as a priority. The featured image (above) shows the new road being constructed from Cwm Street, Abertillery down through the fields of Six Bells. This section was later called Alexandra Road. On Tuesday 2nd December ... Read More »

Old Penybont Road – Penybont Cwmtillery

Old Penybont Road – Penybont Cwmtillery. An image of Old Penybont Road taken from the New Bridge End Hotel, Cwmtillery. In very early reports on this area Old Penybont Road was known as Railway Terrace. The cottages have been renumbered over the years but the information below is from the latter half of the 1890s In the centre of the ... Read More »

The Band Stand – Abertillery

The Band Stand – Abertillery. On Tuesday 2nd July 1889 the need for a Band Stand at Abertillery was first proposed. At a meeting of the Abertillery Chamber of Trade held at the National School Room the following gentlemen were present – Mr Arthur Tilney (Chairman); Mr Joseph Wallace; Mr J. Williams; Mr William Jordan; Mr Joseph Price; Mr William ... Read More »

Brynmawr Library and Institute – Alma Street, Brynmawr

Brynmawr Library and Institute – Alma Street Brynmawr. In March 1892 the need for a public Library and Park was first raised at a public meeting held at Pearson’s Auction Mart, on Market Square, Brynmawr. In September 1895 a meeting of the Librarian Association of Great Britain held in Cardiff read a letter in connection with the Brynmawr Council and ... Read More »

Mr David Francis Pritchard – Western Valley’s Brewery Crumlin

Mr David Francis Pritchard – Crumlin. Mr David Francis Pritchard, was born in Llangynidr, Brecknockshire in 1848, the son of Mr Edward and Sarah Pritchard of Llanfrynach, Brecon. In 1880 Mr David F. Pritchard married Mary Durrant Gibbins. Mary Durrant Gibbins was born in Devonshire on 26th July 1852. A short while after they moved to Buchan Terrace, Rhymney and ... Read More »

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