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Mervyn Griffiths – international referee, deliverer of the ‘Miracle of Berne’, touched by tragedy

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Mervyn Griffiths – international referee, deliverer of the ‘Miracle of Berne’, touched by tragedy It’s not often that someone from Blaenau Gwent is credited with reversing the fortunes and lifting the spirit of a nation beyond our own shores. However, … read more…

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The ancient yews at St.Peter’s Church, Blaina

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St.Peter’s Church, at one time, featured at least 11 old yew trees which appear to have been destroyed in the 1850s when the church building, which the ‘1857’ church replaced, was engulfed by fire. Archdeacon William Coxe travelling through the … read more…

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The former parish church of Aberystruth, St.Peter’s at Blaina

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Below this posting is an old postcard view of the former parish church of Aberystruth, St.Peter’s at Blaina. The current, much less ostentatious, church building was consecrated in 1974. The church pictured below was built in 1857 and demolished in … read more…

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John Lewis, miner at Coalbrook Vale and working-class hero

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John Lewis, miner at Coalbrook Vale – Working-class hero. Workers at most ironworks and collieries in Monmouthshire for much of the 19th century weren’t paid in money – Instead they were paid in goods supplied by the company through their own … read more…

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Private Arthur Gore

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Private Arthur Gore. Private Arthur Gore (Regimental no: 22506) was a member of the 11th Battalion of the South Wales Borderers Regiment. He was killed in action on the Western Front on 7th July 1916. Arthur was born at no.8 … read more…

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Wings for Victory & WWII Savings Schemes at Tredegar

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During the Second World War, people were encouraged to invest their money in National Savings Schemes, which the Government used to buy equipment and supplies for the war effort. In each year of the war, ‘themed’ campaigns were launched as … read more…

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When a circle was once called a square …

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When a circle was once called a square … A bit of a riddle perhaps but many Blaenau Gwent residents will probably guess correctly that we’re talking about the setting for Tredegar’s most famous landmark, which was constructed in 1858. … read more…

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A 19th century embroidery sampler from Tredegar Museum

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A 19th century embroidery sampler from Tredegar Museum   This month’s focus is upon an embroidery ‘sampler’ made in the 19th century and now in the care of Tredegar Museum. Samplers are often valued for their decoration but were originally … read more…

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