Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum

Fforwm Treftadaeth Blaenau Gwent

Abertillery – Blaenavon – Blaina – Beaufort – Brynmawr – Ebbw Vale – Nantyglo – Rhymney – Tredegar

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

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. 

Nantyglo Ironworks 1820 – Henri Gastineau

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. 

The Heritage Forum  therefore encompasses 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.

Latest Updates to Site

Home Page

Details of Forum Christmas Lunch updated

What’s On 

Oct – Chairman’s report of Heritage Day

Oct – Details of Christmas lunch added

Nov – Chairman’s Report on BGHF attendance at  – ‘Journeys End’, St Woolos Cathedral

Online Shop 

Nov – New book added, ‘Hell Let Loose’ by Frank Olding 

Online Shop – Essays Page

Oct – Free samples to read online added for all essays


Friday 14th December

Monthly Meeting 

Tredegar Library 10.00 am – 11.00 am

(Anyone interested in attending is welcome)


Forum Christmas Lunch

Bedwellty House, Tredegar

Click here to find out more

Christmas is Coming


Journeys End, St Woolos Cathedral

Click here –  to go to the WHAT’S ON page to see some photos of our day at this St Woolos Event.

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AUTHOR – Frank Olding


(including UK p&p)

This interesting book tells the story of the 3rd Battalion the Monmouthshire Regiment in WW1.

It is currently our best seller and we only have 2 copies left.

Find out more or buy


A Historical Walk around Beaufort

AUTHOR – Rodger Burchell


Distance: About 2 miles 

Time: Allow roughly 2 hours

Difficulty: An easy to moderate town walk with a steepish incline and a flight of steps with a handrail. The terrain is good quality paths and side roads.

It isn’t necessary to do this walk as a whole, or even to do it at all to enjoy the historical information contained within the  booklet. It is a fascinating read and can easily be enjoyed relaxing in an armchair with a cup of coffee and small sections explored at a later date if desired.

Journal 22

EDITOR – Dr Colin Morgan


Under new editorship, our latest journal, issue 22, has just been published.

It contains a variety of subject matter, covering a wide area which makes it a very interesting read.

Click here to download a copy…