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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.
Abertillery, Beaufort, Blaina, Brynmawr, Cwmtillery, Ebbw Vale, Llanhilleth, Nantyglo, Six Bells,Tredegar,Trefil + Blaenavon, Rhymney
Map displayed here with the kind permission of Blaenau Gwent CBC
As a Forum we focus on highlighting, preserving and sharing the rich history of Blaenau Gwent. An interest in researching and learning about the past in our locality drives the involvement and enjoyment of most of our members.
We meet upstairs in Tredegar Library on the 3rd Monday of every month – 10.00 -11.00am
We hold our talks in Bedwellty House, Tredegar on the 2nd Thursday of every month – 2.00 -3.00pm.
We publish our Journal in the Autumn.
We hold our Heritage Day in October. Unfortunately, due to the COVID pandemic we are unable to hold one this year (2021) but will be holding one in October 2022.
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