General History

Mr James McBean – Surveyor for the Abertillery Local Board and District Council

Mr James McBean. Mr James McBean was born in 1849 at Beauly, Invernesshire, Scotland, the son of Mr John McBean a Publican and Auctioneer. Mr James McBean was educated at Inverness and later apprenticed to Surveying at Wrexham. He joined the Royal Engineers and became a Surveyor in the Ordnance Survey Department. Moved to Haverfordwest with the Royal Engineers/Ordnance survey, ... Read More »

Mr Matthew Habakkuk – Colliery Owner, Agent and Mining Engineer

Mr Matthew Habakkuk – Colliery Owner, Agent and Mining Engineer. Mr Matthew Habakkuk was born in the 1790s at Langyfelach, Glamorgan. Some documents have him with differing age. I believe he married Margaret, she was from the same town Langyfelach, Glamorgan and was born in 1800. An advertisement from the Monmouthshire Merlin newspaper (as seen left) dated January 1838. It ... Read More »

Brynithel Cemetery – Abertillery

Brynithel Cemetery – Abertillery. The southern part of the Parish of Aberystruth (from Cwmtillery to Llanhilleth) initially had two major Churches, the Parish Church of St Illtyds at Llanhilleth and the Blaenau Gwent Baptist Church, Blaenau Gwent, Abertillery. I don’t know when the burials began at St Illtyds though the first person to be interred at Blaenau Gwent Baptist Church ... Read More »

Nantyglo and Blaina Hospital for Infectious Diseases

Nantyglo and Blaina Hospital for Infectious Diseases. Epidemics. Throughout time many epidemics had broken out in England and Wales. Since records began in the 1600s they were mainly confined to large cities and spread through the populous areas with poor sanitary conditions and inadequate supplies of drinking water. Though as the population grew and expanded (mostly in primitive conditions) to ... Read More »

Arrail Street, Griffin Street and Lancaster Street – Six Bells

Arrail Street, Griffin Street and Lancaster Street – Six Bells. The houses on Arrail Street, Griffin Street and Lancaster Street were constructed over a period of about 5 years from 1898 to 1903. The housing scheme was under the direction of the Messrs J. Lancaster & Company through the Arrail Griffin Building Club. The Architect was Mr Charles Telford Evans, ... Read More »

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. The Blaina Iron Works were established by Mr George Jones in 1820, Mr Jones was a Shropshire Iron Master. Over the proceeding years the area slowly built up around the Iron Works and was later carried on by Mr Richard Brown and his son’s Thomas and James. More information on Mr George Jones below. ... 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 »

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