Journals and Essays

Please note: This page is still under construction and some information and links are still to be added.


Edition 1

A Journey from Tredegar to PennsylvaniaTranscribed by Peter M. Jones

Blaenau Gwent Local Studies Centre Tredegar Library, a hidden resource?Janet Karn.

Heritage Forum 2007A. Martin.

The Historian’s Evidence: Bedwellty Parish RegisterJeff Darkins.

The Brynmawr Experiment, Brynmawr FurnitureBrynmawr Museum Society.

A Guide to Street Names of BrynmawrEifion Lloyd Davies.

Fire and Destruction at BrynmawrPeter M. Jones, Edwin Jones

Download a copy for £2.50

Edition 2

We are at War with Germany‘Laughter and Tears of Blaina People’.

A Tredegar EvacueeLeslie Churchill

Dad’s Army It Was Not!Peter Morgan Jones

A Wartime Evacuee in BlainaDonald Percy, an extract from The Rose and The Thorn

Wartime Humour and Tragedy – stories from George Derreck, a Tredegar man now living in Ontario CanadaGeorge Derreck

Mud on a Young Man’s Sleeve, Reminiscences of John LawrenceTranscribed by Jeff Darkins

William Cecil Proll’s Experiences with the South Wales Borderers in BurmaWilliam Cecil Proll

A Close Encounter with Mahatma GandhiBert Westacott

The Royal Observer Corps 1936-1980Norman Griffiths

Wellington Bomber No. T2520A. Martin

The Story of Kadim Ali or the boy who got lost twiceBert Westacott

War Time Memories:

AGPO EngineerAneurin Watkins

ATC CadetKeith Thomas

Extract from Ebbw Vale at WarKeith Thomas

Download a copy for £2.50

Edition 3

Brecon Beacons Memorial CairnPeter Morgan Jones

I went to work when I was six years old. Extracts from The Childrens’ Employment Commission 1842 – edited by Ian Winstanley

An Ironmonger’s TaleGordon Hayward

Briery Hill Public HousesKeith Thomas

Western Front MemoriesJohn Llewellyn Davies

One Evening in France – Editor

Remember our Fallen WarriorsBernard Edwards

A Second Duke’s Table, An Early Triangulation Error, The Carno Adit – Karl Martin

Chartist Cave Mythology?Peter Morgan Jones

Salem ChapEugene Smith & the MilkelSteven Bartlett & Eifion Lloyd Davies

Eugene Smith and the MilkmanEditor

The Gullies and Lanes of Nant y GloEifion Lloyd Davies & Gwyn George

Interviews with Old FriendsMr Samuel Evans (Trevil Quarries), William Evans, Mr Robert Usher, Abercarn

Extracts from Ebbw Vale Works Magazines Volumes 1 and 2Photographs by Mr Rodger Burchell

Brass to IronR. J. Matthews

Is this the way it will be in Heaven?- Catherine Beman

Powell’s History of Tredegar Reprinted by Blaenau Gwent Heritage ForumJeff Darkins

Download a copy for £2.50

Edition 4

A 1960 Visit to Richard Thomas and Baldwins, Ebbw ValePaul Crawley

A Last Letter HomeJames Whipp

A Local Roman Road? – Greg David

Cavaliers and Roundheads Eifion Lloyd Davies

The Princetown Hoard – Greg David

The Sound of Music! – Roger Maggs

Raising the Ashes – Peter Morgan Jones

Some Early Memories – Paul Crawley

The Lost Names of Brynmawr – Eifion Lloyd Davies

Recollections of Tredegar County School – author unknown

The Last Working Mule TrainRoger Maggs

A Riotous TownPeter Morgan Jones

One Morning in May 1959 Norman M Griffiths

Edwin Jones and the Brynmawr Historical SocietyEdwin Lewis Jones

Download a copy for £2.50

Edition 5

Real History?Editor

Welsh Patagonia and GwentColin Morgan

Researching Blaenafon Chartists, Its Trials and TribulationsEifion Lloyd Davies

A Double Wartime TragedyPritchard Family

Rich Sources of InformationPeter Morgan Jones

Down the GraigPaul Crawley

One Morning in MayNorman Miles Griffiths

Sirhowy MemoriesGareth Westacott

Tredegar PatchesAlan Fox

Last FlightNorman Miles Griffiths

More Notes on Nantyglo Roads and LanesArthur Hardwick

Tredegar and “The Mormon Meteor”Robert Bryner

Glimpses from the Valleys PastHoward Robinson

What I See on my Way to SchoolEthel Jones

The Bedwellty House PuzzleGreg David

Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir Centenary 1909-2009Alan James

Download a copy for £2.50

Edition 6

To the New WorldBrenda Jones

The Mormon Meteor, Part 2 F. R. Bryner

The Rise and Fall of Commercial Business in Nantyglo and Garnfach 1817-1950Norman Miles Griffiths

Memories of my Early Life in TredegarBryn Rendell

An Unruly PupilPeter Morgan Jones

Memories of Aneurin Bevan, my UncleEdith Passey

Merthyr’s Men of IronA Dyer

A letter to Tredegar from author A. J CroninA J Cronin

The Cordell MythologyPeter Morgan Jones

Vicar Llewellyn’s Testimonial FundMaterial provided by Peter Haley

On the RailwayHayden Davies

LetterHoward Robinson

 Download a copy for £2.50

Edition 7

Clydach Gorge

A Crimean VeteranPhillip Prosser

Nasty Towns?Editor

The Hokey-Pokey Man

Edward Kendall of Beaufort Ironworks – T. Eric Davies

I’m Sure I know that FaceIoan Havard Durban

The Brynmawr Rubber FactoryNorman Griffiths

Families on the MoveNorma Ashworth

A Nantybwch Station-masterGreg David

Sir John Wyndham Beynon Jumps the Rails at TredegarGerald Davies

Aneurin Bevan and the White FiverBarbara Aston

Daniel GoochDavid Jones

Memories of my Early Life in TredegarBryan Rendell

Brynmawr Youthful MemoriesPearl Jones

Download a copy for £2.50

Edition 8

John Gaydon Obituary

Aberbeeg Pack Horse Bridge

Samuel Homfray – Eric Davies                                                                             

Welsh National Anthem – Colin Morgan

Merthyr and The Bad MenPeter Morgan Jones

Clydach Gorge from the Hafod Road

Bus Services in Monmouthshire & GwentNorman Griffiths

Crumlin Valley ViaductTranscribed from 1854 “Illustrated London News”

Memories of a Cwm UndertakerFred Coombes

A Welsh Grandmother on the Minnesota FrontierThomas Lowe Hughes

The Mysterious Death of Tommy Jones.

Bedwellty House & ParkNicole Deufel

The Beating of Big Nora Transcribed from 1882 “Merthyr Express”.

Social Conditions in 19th Century Tredegar.

Beaufort Rise – Photograph

Clydach Gorge from Gilwern HillPhotograph

Download a copy for £2.50

Edition 9

Samuel Homfray Jun. of Bedwellty House and Tredegar Iron WorksEric T Davies.

Pre-NHS Blaina Hospital FinancesNorman Griffiths

The Upper Clydach Gorge 

Fairy Lore in 18th Century Blaenau GwentFrank Olding

Clydach Iron WorksPhotograph

Tredegar County School Football Team,1914Photograph

Cwm in 1901 and LaterPhotograph

Little Johnny – John Prothero

Pass Labour – Colin Morgan

My Dad – George Jenkins

Lord Tredegar at Bedwellty HousePhotograph

The 1839 Chartist attack on NewportEditor

Stories from the 2nd World WarGeorge Derrick

The Emperor, The Horse, and Police Sgt. Davies – Peter Morgan Jones

Old Victoria, Ebbw ValePhotographv

Download a copy for £2.50

Edition 10


 A Local Puzzle

Bedwellty Park Ice house

Glan-yr-Afon House

Ebbw Vale Steelworks

“Killing The Goose”

Walter John Conway

The Railway Tavern

Sir Daniel Gooch

Early NHS Experiences

Private Parry

 Ray Roberts of Rhymney

“Stealing Coal?”

A Pontlottyn Level.

Davies Brothers’ Level, Bryn Oer

Black Houses.

Councillor & Culprit

Diseases in 19th Century Tredegar

“Myths & Legends”

“Aunty Lizzie”.

The Beacons’ Memorial Cairn

 Quoits at Nantyglo.

Appeals for Information.

Download a copy for £2.50

Edition 11

The Brecon Canal, Two Hundred Years of HistoryEditorial

The Birth of RhymneyDr. Colin Morgan.

Rhymney’s Egyptian FurnacesEditorial.

“While Shepherds Watched…”Jeff Darkins.

Crawshay BaileyT. Eric Davies.

Beaufort Water TunnelEditorial.

Jack The FiferJohn Morgan

“Murderville”Eifion Lloyd Davies

Tredegar’s Jewish CommunityGeorge Derrick


Going To The Pictures

Brynmawr’s “Gwalia” Boot Factory

A Local Tragedy

The Patches

The Sirhowy Tramroad.

Robert Thomson Crawshay of Cyfartha.


The Great Unrest John Morgan

Immigration into Blaenau GwentEifion Lloyd Davies

The Perfect StormPeter Morgan Jones

Download a copy for £2.50

Edition 12

A Local HeroNorman Griffiths

Keeping your eyes openEifion Lloyd Davies

Ty Trist Colliery, TredegarEditor 

Forgotten VoicesNathan Alexander Matthews

Blaen Onneu Cairnfield – Editor 

Forgotten RailwaysPaul Crawley

Hill’s Tramroad, Pwll DduEditor 

The Rhymney Truck Act Case of 1886 – Dr. Colin Morgan/ Eifion Lloyd Davies etc.

Bring Back The StocksEditor 

Cefn Golau Cholera Cemetery – Dr. Colin Morgan

Ebbw Vale Steel Works – Editor 

Ebbw Vale Garden FestivalEditor

Rhys Davies & The American Connection Peter Morgan Jones

The 1849 Californian Gold Rush

Download a copy for £2.50

Edition 13


Forging Iron

The Curse of Cholera

A Rhymney Bridge Level

Crickhowell & Industry

Saints’ Day

Memories of 1930’s Tredegar – George Derrick.

Usk Vale & Glanusk Park.

Glimpses from the past –  Howard Robinson.

Brecon Boat

Ebbw Vale Office Staff

Nantyglo Housing

John Jones (Mathetes) –  Jeff Darkins

Pages from Rhymney’s Penuel Register – Jeff Darkins.

Rhymney Tennis Club in the 1920’s  – Dr. Colin Morgan.

Cold, Colder, Coldest –  Peter Morgan Jones.

Sirhowy in 1932  – Evan Powell


Street Singers of 1926 – W. Irving Davies

Edition 14

Tretower in the Early 19th CenturyEditorial

Rhymney’s “Cant Jazz Band’Dr. Colin Morgan.

Walter ConwayEditorial

Bedwellty Workhouse StoneEditorial

Beaufort Pit GirlsEditorial.

Polished Brass – Iwan Fox

Blaenavon’s ‘White Horse’ – Nathan Alexander Matthews

Nine Arches – Editorial

Beaufort Brickyard WorkersEditorial

Mauled by a Bear – Brynmawr Museum

Putting in Coal – Editorial

The Celtic Myth – Peter Morgan Jones

Quoits in BrynmawrEifion Lloyd Davies.

The Princetown Hoard Affair – Peter Morgan Jones

Heritage Forum Plaques Editorial

SUPPLEMENTEarly Ironworks – T. Eric Davies

Edition 15


“Poor Bloody Infantry”–  John Llewellyn Davies

A Selective History – Colin Morgan

The Rhys Davies Puzzle – Nathan V.Madison & P.M.Jones

The 19th Century Merthyr-Brecon Road – Edit 1

Lady Llanover–Tyrant or Patriot?Peter Morgan Jones.

Rhymney’s ‘Egyptian’ Furnaces – Edit.

Rhymney Heritage Walk & Drive – Dr. Colin Morgan & David Ralph Williams.

Edit 30. ‘PuddlerJim’Dr. Colin Morgan  

Joseph Parry – Kenneth Bryant

Pen Bryn Oer Crash SiteWayne Morris

Edition 16


Ebbw Vale’s 1914-18 Home Guard – Reverend Evan Price

A Ridge Too Far – Ralph James  

A Collier’s Tribute – David Ralph Williams

Shrapnel & Surgery – The Williams’ Family

A Mametz Memorial – John Oxenham

Never So Innocent AgainEditor

My Dad, The Soldier – Haydn Davies

An Old Soldier Remembers – Richard Davies

Father & Son Together Harry Pritchard

 John Henry Williams VC Editor 

The Cobbler & His Shop Howard Robinson

Brynmawr Market Hall – Eifion Lloyd Davies

Edition 17


Beaufort Orchestral Society – Editor 

A Military FamilyHaydn Ll. Davies

A Remnant of ‘The Mons’A. Davies

Keeper’s or Keeper Pond?  – Photograph

Memories of Ty Trist CollieryDerek Ll.Harding

Number Nine CollieryPhotograph

Punchin BrynmawrEifion Lloyd Davies

The End Of Local RailGordon Hayward

1865 Bedwellty Pits Disaster – Editor

Thinking of A Coach Trip? – Harry Pritchard

Where are these houses? – Photograph

A Tredegar ConnectionPeter Morgan Jones

Pont Gwaith yr HaearnFrank Olding

The Gilbern CarMartyn Morgan Jones

A Ridge Too FarRalph James

Heritage Forum Web-Site – Information

Edition 18

What Lies Beneath The Waters?Peter Morgan Jones.

Celebration of the Welsh in Patagonia – Dr. Colin Morgan

Ivor Bulmer Thomas and Llangua Church – Ken Palmer

The Brynbach Plaque – Editor

Safeguard Lodge No. 365Greg David

Education in 1842 – Editor

The Hounds of Hell – David Morgan.

The Hafod StonesNicholas Beswick & Eifion Lloyd Davies.

2015 WW1 Commemoration Day – Editor

Edition 19


The Swidenbanks at TredegarDavid Swidenbank

Furnace Slag, Rivers & Made Ground – Editor

Sea Cadets at AbertilleryMeg Gurney

IcehousesRackham & Others 

Believe it or Not – George Derrick

A 1977 Jubilee Street PartyHoward Robinson

Masters & MenRhys Davies 

Odd ExpressionsEditor

Dating a Listed Farmhouse – Ken Palmer

SUPPLEMENT – Peter Morgan Jones

World Wide Wales 

Welsh Love Spoons

Welsh Music

Welsh Bards

The Welsh Language

Lady Llanover

Marcher Lords

Edition 20


The History of Gwent from the Time of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd until the Present Day.

By Thomas E Watkins (Eiddil Ifor) – 1801 -1889

Translated by Colin Morgan

One of the subjects of the Abergavenny Eisteddfod held in November 1836