Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum

Fforwm Treftadaeth Blaenau Gwent

Keeping Welsh History Alive



All of our Meetings and Talks, are still suspended until further notice. We have had to cancel our Heritage Day in October and Christmas meal in December. We are trying to get the next issue of our Journal out as a download in the autumn.

We will be updating our website regularly with any changes as they happen so please keep calling back.


Due to Covid-19 the Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum has had to suspend all Meetings and Talks until further notice. We hope to be back sooner than later but it will depend on the Coronavirus situation.

We are trying to get the next issue of our Journal out by the autumn. To ensure you keep in the loop please keep calling back to the website, where we will be updating you as and when we can.

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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.

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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