Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum

Fforwm Treftadaeth Blaenau Gwent

CORONOVIRUS – November Update

Our meetings, talks and Christmas meal have been cancelled for this year.  We are though, very much still here and continue to update our website regularly with news, information and articles for you to read.


Our website has recently had a complete overhaul and update and as a result is looking a little different. This is particularly so for the shop. Please don’t hesitate to make contact if you are having difficulty navigating around.

To rectify this situation we are busy transferring all of our website information to a brand new template. This should be finished within the next 7 days and we are looking forward to sharing it with you.

Homepage / Hafan

Aerial view of Blaenau Gwent

© This photo is reproduced here with the kind permission of Bill Hillier

 The Area of Blaenau Gwent

Abertillery – Beaufort – Blaina – Brynmawr  – Cwmtillery – Ebbw Vale – Llanhilleth – Nantyglo – Six Bells – Tredegar – Trefil + Blaenavon – Rhymney

Map is reproduced with kind permission of Blaenau Gwent CBC

Blaenau Gwent and its surrounding area was at the forefront of the industrial revolution in the 19th century. It is a county rich with historic buildings, ancient monuments and important heritage sites, set within very attractive  landscapes. 

Gwent was the Welsh kingdom founded by Caradoc Freichfras that succeeded the Roman occupation of native Silurian territory in south Wales.  It stretched from the river Rhymney to the river Wye, and it may also have extended east of the river Wye into to the area called Cantref Coch in Welsh and known in English as The Forest of Dean.

The Blaenau are the mountainous uplands of this historic Gwent kingdom and they extend from Blaen Rhymni to Blaen Llwyd. 

Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum includes the history of the Rhymney area (now in Caerphilly Borough) and that of the Blaenafon area (now in Torfaen Borough) as well as  the territory  between these locations.

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Website Updates



We have just set up a new page called NEWS.  It contains posts highlighting relevant news items about the heritage of Blaenau Gwent.

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Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum

‘Never So Innocent Again’ – written by Richard Llewellyn Davies and edited by Haydn Llewellyn Davies. This narrative is written from the notes and diary of corporal Richard Llewellyn Davies of the 3rd Mons Regiment who fought in the 1st World War. Of the 9 volunteers that left to fight with him he was the only one to return.

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We have just developed a new page called ARTICLES. It contains articles which are free for anyone to read.

The section called SNIPPETS is just perfect for dipping into when you don’t have much time. If you have any similar historical snippets that you would like to share, please send them to us via the email address on our Contact page. It will help us to expand the range of topics available to everyone.

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Our latest Journal has arrived and is available for download NOW!

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