Caerphilly County Borough: Local History Resources

Caerphilly County Borough sits in an area which changed significantly during the Industrial Revolution, when the economy based on livestock husbandry gave way to the dominance of coal production. In the 20th century, another vast change occurred as the coal fields shut down, one by one, and communities found a new place in the globalised world. 

Are you researching the local history of the Caerphilly area or your ancestry there? Then you must take account of the local government and county arrangements of the past. Otherwise, the county references and locations of records are confusing.

Following major reorganisation of local government districts in Wales, Caerphilly county borough was formed on 1 April 1996 . It replaced the former County of Gwent and the County of Mid Glamorgan, even though these were created as recently as 1974 to replace the historic counties of Monmouthshire and Glamorgan.

Caerphilly Local History Sites On Facebook

A large number of online communities discuss photos, old films and memories of the past. Those relating to Caerphilly include:

  • Caerphilly Local History
  • Caerphilly Local History Society
  • Caerphilly History Photos
  • Risca Past & Present 
  • The Brickworks of Wales 
  • Industrial Wales

Caerphilly Local History Resources

  • Caerphilly Castle
  • Caerphilly Cenotaph
  • Caerphilly Local History Society
  • Glamorgan Archives – Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff and the Vale of Glamorgan
  • Glamorgan FHS
  • Glamorgan Record Office
  • Gwent Archives – Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen
  • Gwent FHS
  • Gwent Record Office
  • Llancaiach Fawr Manor
  • Llanbradach miners’ memorial 
  • Twyn Community Centre 

Towns In Caerphilly County Borough

  • Bargoed
  • Bedwas
  • Blackwood
  • Caerphilly
  • Newbridge
  • New Tredegar
  • Risca
  • Rhymney
  • Ystrad Mynach
The County Borough of Caerphilly

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