Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum

Fforwm Treftadaeth Blaenau Gwent

Keeping Welsh History Alive

Established 2007

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

Aerial view of Blaenau Gwent

Blaenau Gwent Area

Blaenau Gwent covers the towns of:

Abertillary – Blaina – Brynmawr  – Cwmtillery – Ebbw Vale – Nantyglo – Tredegar – Trefil

The 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.

 The Area of Blaenau Gwent

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. 

Nantyglo Ironworks 1820 - Henri Gastineau
Nantyglo Ironworks 1820 - Henri Gastineau
Carreg Waen Llech
Carreg Waen Llech
Dyffryn Crawnon - Peter Morgan Jones
Dyffryn Crawnon - Peter Morgan Jones

Upcoming Forum Events

Take a look at our What’s On page to find out more and view other upcoming local events.

Friday 21st June

June Meeting 

Tredegar Library 10.00 am – 11.00 am

(Anyone interested in attending is welcome)

Thursday 11th July

July Talk

Aberdare and Hirwaun

Speaker: Huw Williams

Bedwellty House, Tredegar

2.00pm – 3.00pm 

Saturday 19th October



We will be exploring a variety of city, pre-industrial and lost landscapes in Wales.


FRANK OLDING – Aerial Archeology in the Heads of the Valleys Area

RHIANNON PHILLIPS – Townscapes in Blaenau Gwent

Ticket price: £12

Venue: Brynmawr Social Club

10 – 4 pm

The day will include a delicious buffet lunch and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.