Blaenau Gwent: Local History Resources

Blaenau Gwent Wales UK local history

Blaenau Gwent is a county borough and parliamentary constituency in Wales. There are several museums, archive resources and local history communities available to contact if you’re interested in finding out more about the area’s past people and places.

Facebook Local History Groups

In addition to the Facebook local history groups for the country of Wales, those specific to this Welsh area include:

  • Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum
  • Gwent Archives

Local History Resources

  • Abertillery & District Museum
  • Bedwellty House
  • Blaina Heritage Action Group Museum
  • Blaina Heritage Centre
  • Brynmawr & District History Museum
  • Ebbw Vale Works Museum
  • Gwent Archives
  • Tredegar Local History Museum

Towns In The County:

Blaenau Gwent is also home to Coity Mountain, which is 1,896 feet (578 m) high.

Where is Blaenau Gwent?

Blaenau Gwent is a county in Wales, next to the Welsh counties of Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Caerphilly and Powys.

Blaenau Gwent was first created in 1974 as a local government district of Gwent. It merged together the areas of Brynmawr urban district, the parish of Llanelly in Brecknockshire, and the Monmouthshire urban districts of Abertillery, Ebbw Vale, Nantyglo, Blaina, and Tredegar. 

Then in 1996 Blaenau Gwent became a county borough, governed by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council. Meanwhile the area of Llanelly transferred to the reconstituted Monmouthshire.

The Coins of the Cambrian

The Cambrian is a pub in Tredegar. During refurbishment in 2013, a collection of coins was found under the front windowsill. Furthermore, they were old, dating back to the early 1800s when the Industrial Revolution was underway. Peter Morgan Jones explains the relevance of this unexpected find.

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