Llanhilleth and Crumlin Collieries

Mining School – Crumlin

Mining School – Crumlin Monmouthshire. Prior to established mining schools and colleges, the various aspects of advanced mining education in connection with colliery officials and management etc was usually given at local schools in the coal mining districts. These mining classes were usually held after normal school hours under the Technical Instruction Committees. During the rapid expansion of the coal ... Read More »

Mines Rescue Station – Crumlin

Mines Rescue Station – Crumlin. The featured photograph above is of the committee of the Monmouthshire Colliery Owners Rescue Association 1910. The Crumlin Rescue Station. In July 1910 the Crumlin Rescue Station was established and officially opened on Saturday 9th July. It was the first rescue station in Monmouthshire and only the second in South Wales. The first station being ... Read More »

Mr William Bailey Partridge of Partridge Jones & Co 1839-1909

Mr William Bailey Partridge 1839-1909. Mr William Bailey Partridge was born in 1839 (more information to come) Mr W. B. Partridge leased the Varteg Colliery and Works from Mr Crawshay Bailey. He later met with Mr Edward Jones and a partnership was formed to take over the proprietorship of the Varteg Collieries and Iron Works. Mr William B. Partridge was ... Read More »

Mr Edward Jones of Partridge Jones & Co 1836-1903.

Mr Edward Jones of Partridge Jones & Co 1836-1903. Mr Edward Jones was born on the 4th December 1836 at Talybont, Breconshire, he attended Abergavenny Grammar School, he went on to become a mining pupil at Beaufort and became associated with Mr Crawshay Bailey. His first official appointment was on the management of the Varteg Colliery under Mr Crawshay Bailey. ... Read More »

Navigation Colliery Crumlin

The Navigation Colliery – Crumlin. On Thursday 8th August 1907 it was reported that the directors of the Messrs Partridge, Jones & Company had visited the site at Crumlin in preparation to the start of the sinking of their new colliery the Navigation Colliery at Crumlin. On Friday 9th August 1907 Messrs Partridge, Jones & Co announced in the local ... Read More »

Aberbeeg Colliery (South)

Aberbeeg Colliery (South) There isn’t a great deal of information or many photographs of the Aberbeeg South Colliery (as seen in the image upper right. The colliery on the left was the Crumlin Navigation Colliery) it was late in the sinking operations and seems to be a forgotten pit. The Aberbeeg Collieries Ltd. In January 1924 it was announced in ... Read More »

The Llanhilleth Institute -A brief History

The Llanhilleth Institute History. In 1897 Mr Edward Jones (Colliery Company Partner) had previously been approached on establishing an institute or reading library at Llanhilleth, he initially provided a small building as a library reading room and a room for billiards, he promised that if an institute was constructed in the area, his colliery company would contribute toward such a ... Read More »

Llanhilleth Collieries – Proprietors

Llanhilleth Collieries – Proprietors. Mr Reginald James Blewitt Esq Mr Reginald James Blewitt was born in 1799, though sadly not a lot is known about his early life! The Monmouthshire Merlin Newspaper. In 1829 Mr Reginald J. Blewitt went into partnership with Mr Charles Hough and set up the newspaper printing company the “Monmouthshire Merlin”. In 1831 Reginald Blewitt became ... Read More »

Llanhilleth Collieries – A Brief History

Llanhilleth Collieries. Mr Reginald James Blewitt. Located on the eastern side of the valley the Old Pit (as seen circled on the above map of 1880) was originally established in the late 1840’s (as seen in the 1849 article opposite) under the ownership of Mr Reginald James Blewitt Esq. Mr R. J. Blewitt was the owner of the Monmouthshire Merlin ... Read More »

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