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 Rescue Association 1910. 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 in Aberaman. The Crumlin station served ... 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. ... 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 in Talybont, Breconshire on the 4th December 1836, 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. The Navigation Colliery sinking operations were announced in the local newspapers on Friday 9th August 1907 by Messrs Partridge, Jones & Co. It stated that other influential colliery investors are associated with the enterprise. They stated the site was being on the Trinant side of the River Ebbw between Bowen’s Foundry at Crumlin and the ... Read More »

Aberbeeg Colliery (South)

Aberbeeg Colliery (South) There isn’t a great deal of information or 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. In January 1924 it was announced in the local papers that a ... Read More »

The Llanhilleth Institute -A brief History

The Llanhilleth Institute History. In 1897 Mr Edward Jones (Colliery Company partner) provided a small building as a Library Reading Room and a room for Billiards. Later it was found necessary to procure a larger premises and a place was then rented from Mr Bowen of Llanhilleth, this consisted of a Reading Room, Billiards Room and a Recreational Room for ... Read More »

Llanhilleth Collieries – Proprietors

Llanhilleth Collieries – Proprietors. Mr Reginald James Blewitt Esq Mr Blewitt was born in 1799, though sadly not a lot is known about his early life! In 1829 he went into partnership with Mr Charles Hough and set up the newspaper printing company the “Monmouthshire Merlin”. In 1831 Reginald Blewitt became the sole proprietor of the newspaper after the co-owner ... 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 opened under the ownership of Mr Reginald James Blewitt Esq in the late 1840s. On the 21st July 1847 Mr R. J. Blewitt had a test and exhibition of a new pump ... Read More »

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