"A walk from our industrial past -
To our environmentally friendly future."
Brynmawr & District Museum
The museum address is :-
Market Street, Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent, NP23 4AJ Tel :-01495 313900
Opening Times :- Thursday and Friday: 10am -1pm and 2pm - 4pm Saturday: 10am -1pm.
The museum is run by the Brynmawr and District Museum Society and has won the Nationwide Building Society award for Community Endeavour. It has a varied collection of everyday artefacts including a collection of Brynmawr Furniture manufactured by one of the small industries set up by the Quakers in The Brynmawr Experiment.
To visit the Brynmawr Museum & District Museum website, please click on the following link.
Whilst doing some research for this website, I found two websites created by Mr Jeffrey.L.Thomas of Scranton Pennsylvania, who spent many years researching his family roots back to Brynmawr. His main Ancestry website is full of information and photographs of Brynmawr and its surrounding area including the museum. I have contacted Mr Thomas and he has kindly given permission to link to his websites. A links to his other website about the Castles of Wales can be found on the Castle Taliorum page on this website. Both these websites are well worth a visit.
To visit his Ancestry website, please click on the following link.
The Nantyglo Roundhouses.
The Nantyglo Roundhouses complex is a unique relic of the Industrial Revolution. It was built in about
1816 by Joseph and Crawshay Bailey, the Ironmasters of the Nantyglo Ironworks, as a refuge against armed revolt by their workforce. It was the last private castle built in Britain.
To find out more about the Roundhouse Towers, visit the BGCBC website, please click here.
Also:-The Brynmawr Wales History - Genealogy project website by Jeffrey.L.Thomas, please click here.
The Nantyglo Heritage Trail -This walk starts and finishes at the Nantyglo Roundhouses Car Park.
For details of this walk, please visit the BGCBC website, please click here.
At a height of 1800 ft ( 500 M) Mynydd Carn-y-Cefn is a Bronze age burial cairn dating to about 1700 BC.
Photographs of a walk around Mynydd Carn-y-Cefn showing both the Ebbw Fawr and Ebbw Fach valleys can be found on the 'Ebbw Vale' website, created by 'Bioeddie'. To access the website, please click here.
The Royal Oak Inn
The Royal Oak Inn was the home of Zepheniah Williams, leader of the Blaenau Gwent Chartists in the rising of 1839.
He was a Master Collier and innkeeper, keeping the Royal Oak Inn at Nantyglo, from where he used to pay his colliers, was a free thinking man in religious matters and the local Working Men's Association met at his home. It was at this time only natural that such a man would emerge as a natural leader during the Chartist movement in south east Wales. Along with John Frost and William Jones, he led a large column of men from the Nantyglo area to march south on the Westgate Hotel, Newport, site of what is sometimes regarded as the greatest armed rebellion in 19th century Britain.
He was subsequently convicted for his part in the Chartist Newport Rising at Newport, Monmouthshire in 1839 and deported to Australia.
To learn more about the Blaenau Gwent Chartists, please visit the BGCBC website by clicking here.
Salem Baptist Chapel is to be found on Blaina High Street opposite the post office. The Chartist Museum opens on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am till 4 pm.
To learn more about Salem Chapel and the Nantyglo & Blaina Charter Group, please visit their website,by clicking on the following link.
Further information with photographs on the Chartists can be found in the History of Ebbw Vale Section of the Ebbw Vale website, created by 'Bioeddie'. To visit the Chartist section, please click here.
Blaina Heritage Centre.
Housed in state of the art display cases, artefacts can be found depicting local community life.To find out more about the Blaina Heritage Centre please visit the Blaina Heritage Action Group Museum website by clicking here.
Ty Nest Llewellyn
The remains of the home of Nest Llewellyn, one of the founders of Nonconformity in the area, can be found on the north-west bank of Cwmtillery Lake.
To learn more about Nest Llewellyn, please visit the BGCBC website, by clicking here.
Abertillery & District Museum
The museum contains artefacts relating to the the town from prehistoric times. To find out more about the museum, please visit the Abertillery & District Museum Society Website by clicking here.
To find out the location of these "Points of Interest" along the Trail, in a Google Map, please click on the following link.