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Industrial Wales - Monmouthshire's Eastern Valley
The Cwm Nant Ddu Valley
From Gypsy Lane to Blaenserchan
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The Industrial Archaeology and History of Pontypool and Pontnewynydd

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Gyspy Lane to Graig Ddu and Pen-rhiw-fid

Quick links to :-     Gypsy Lane, Graig Ddu and Pen-rhiw-fid     Greenland and Pistyll Gwyn     Llanerch Colliery
Blaenserchan Colliery     Travellers Rest and Blaen Nant Ddu
Pontypool, Panteg to Pontnewynydd     Blaendare, Upper and Lower Race
The Glyn Valley to Hafodyrynys     The Cwm Ffrwd-oer Valley to Tirpentws

Gyspy Lane, The 'Robin Hood' and Morrison's Pit

Graig-ddu Brickworks - SO 2542 0205

Graig-ddu Brickworks was an old-established brickworks, the National Archives have records from 1832 to 1907. It is mentioned in 1858 as the Graigddu Brick Co and around 1895 Southwood Jones, of the Danygraig brickworks in Risca, took over the operation. It was disused by 1962

Pen-rhiw-fid Quarry - SO 2506 0146


Greenland and Pistyll Gwyn

Quick links to :-     Gypsy Lane, Graig Ddu and Pen-rhiw-fid     Greenland and Pistyll Gwyn     Llanerch Colliery
Blaenserchan Colliery     Travellers Rest and Blaen Nant Ddu
Pontypool, Panteg to Pontnewynydd     Blaendare, Upper and Lower Race
The Glyn Valley to Hafodyrynys     The Cwm Ffrwd-oer Valley to Tirpentws

Greenland Colliery

Pistyll Gwyn


Llanerch Colliery

Quick links to :-     Gypsy Lane, Graig Ddu and Pen-rhiw-fid     Greenland and Pistyll Gwyn     Llanerch Colliery
Blaenserchan Colliery     Travellers Rest and Blaen Nant Ddu
Pontypool, Panteg to Pontnewynydd     Blaendare, Upper and Lower Race
The Glyn Valley to Hafodyrynys     The Cwm Ffrwd-oer Valley to Tirpentws

Llanerch Colliery - SO 2520 0240

Llanerch tramroad level

Some months ago the gate to one of the Llanerch levels was found open. It wasn't very long but it did contain a well-preserved length of tramroad and other interesting features.


Blaenserchan Colliery

Quick links to :-     Gypsy Lane, Graig Ddu and Pen-rhiw-fid     Greenland and Pistyll Gwyn     Llanerch Colliery
Blaenserchan Colliery     Travellers Rest and Blaen Nant Ddu
Pontypool, Panteg to Pontnewynydd     Blaendare, Upper and Lower Race
The Glyn Valley to Hafodyrynys     The Cwm Ffrwd-oer Valley to Tirpentws

Blaenserchan Colliery - SO 2440 0210


Travellers Rest and Blaen Nant Ddu

Quick links to :-     Gypsy Lane, Graig Ddu and Pen-rhiw-fid     Greenland and Pistyll Gwyn     Llanerch Colliery
Blaenserchan Colliery     Travellers Rest and Blaen Nant Ddu
Pontypool, Panteg to Pontnewynydd     Blaendare, Upper and Lower Race
The Glyn Valley to Hafodyrynys     The Cwm Ffrwd-oer Valley to Tirpentws

Acknowledgments, sources and further reading.

Many thanks for the use of their photographs to :- Lawrence Skuse, Dennis Hopkins


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