Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum Journal

The scope of the Journal’s content relates to the historic Blaenau Gwent and not the lesser area lying within the boundaries of the current County Borough of that name.

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 Journal 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 history of all  the territory  between these locations.

A little bit about our new Editor…

Dr. Colin Morgan

Dr. Colin Morgan was born in Rhymney and is a graduate of Aberystwyth, Hull, Cardiff, and the Open University. 

Since retiring from University teaching, he has pursued his passion for the local histories of Blaenau Gwent, for the Welsh language, and in translating nineteenth and early twentieth century Eisteddfod Welsh history essays dealing with Gwent.

Over the years a rich variety of articles has been published in the twenty one Journals edited by the late Peter Morgan Jones, without whose drive, knowledge, and commitment the Journal is very unlikely to have existed’. 

He can be contacted by email


Current Journal 

Edition 21

Published in May 2017



Little Really Changes- Gaius Petronius

Ironworks and Blaenau Farming- Dr. Colin Morgan

An 1807 Wye Navigation- David Morgan

Brynmawr Public House and Inns 1859Eifion Lloyd Davies

Crawshay BaileyEditor

The Cyfarthaa DynastyEditor

Tredegar Had TalentBasil Jones

Strange But TrueVaried

Beaufort’s Old Parish ChurchWayne Morris

Anathema on Tredegar’s ClockDiogenes

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 Next Journal -Edition 22

To be published in February 2018

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The articles in these Journals are still very relevant and make varied and interesting reading. Click on the links below and browse the contents for each edition to see what interests you.