General History

Rose Heyworth Housing Estate – A Brief History

Rose Heyworth Housing Estate. In the mid 1940’s the council were under pressure to provide housing in the district and plans were put forth with the approval of the Welsh Board of Health to build a housing estate on the eastern side of the valley (as seen in the main featured image above) north of Clyn Mawr and the cottages ... Read More »

Blaina Industrial and Provident Society Limited, Share, Capital Interest, Dividend and Withdrawals Account Book 1920

Blaina Industrial and Provident Society Limited, Share, Capital Interest, Dividend and Withdrawals Account Book 1920. This account shares booklet from the Blaina Industrial and Provident Society Limited in connection with the Crosskeys branch of the society belonged to Mrs Mary Elizabeth Rawlings of Park Street, Crosskeys. Member number 597. The account in the name of Mrs Rawlings in this book ... Read More »

King George V and Queen Mary – Coronation Medal

The Coronation of King George V. On Thursday June 22nd 1911 King George V and his Consort Queen Mary were crowned at Westminster Abbey. The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Davidson and the Archbishop of York Dr Lang assisted by bishops and clergy, officiated at the service. On a local level preparations had been made for celebrating the event. Abertillery. At ... Read More »

The Christian Endeavour Union of Wales – Badge

The Christian Endeavour Union of Wales – Badge. This pin-back badge was available to members and officers of the Christian Endeavour Union of Wales during April 1933 to commemorate the Welsh National Convention held at Abertillery and the Blaenau Gwent Baptist Church.  Made by the Birmingham Medal Co. Size 1″ inch in diameter.   The Christian Endeavour Society. The first Christian ... Read More »

Mrs Rosina (Rose) Heyworth – The Lady Behind the Name

Mrs Rosina (Rose) Heyworth – The Lady Behind the Name. The Rose Heyworth Colliery was sunk in 1874 under the directorship of Mr Lawrence Heyworth managing director of the South Wales Colliery Company.  The company already owned Cwmtillery (the South Wales Colliery) and the first coal raised at Rose Heyworth was in about 1876-77, though may well have been later ... Read More »

The Remploy Factory – Abertillery

Remploy. Remploy was established in 1945 under the terms of the Disabled Persons Act of 1944, it is an organisation owned by the Department of Works and Pensions in the United Kingdom and provides employment and employment placement services for disabled people. Abertillery Remploy. On Friday 21st September 1945 the South Wales Gazette reported – The first meeting of the ... Read More »

Coed Iorwg House – Abertillery

Messrs Williams. Coed Iorwg is the large double fronted house in its own grounds sited on High Street where the Abertillery multi-storey car park would later be built. The house can be seen (centre-right on the main featured image above). The premises was partly covered in creeping ivy and was used as the backdrop of many sports team photographs in ... Read More »

The Abertillery County School Grounds – Roseheyworth Road

The Abertillery County School Grounds – Roseheyworth Road. The County School Grounds were initially fields (as seen left) purchased by the council in 1921 upon which they intended to use as part of their housing scheme. They had been dumping refuse on its northern portion close to where the Millennium School, Roseheyworth Campus is situated today. The tip was halted ... Read More »

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