Place:Bedwelty, Monmouthshire, Wales

Alt namesBydweltysource: Family History Library Catalog
Bedwelltysource: Wikipedia
Argoedsource: hamlet in parish
Pengamsource: hamlet in parish
Pen y Caesource: hamlet in parish
Rocksource: hamlet in parish
Cwmsyfiogsource: hamlet in parish
Phillipstownsource: hamlet in parish
Bargoedsource: community originally in parish
Cefn Fforestsource: community originally in parish
Darran Valleysource: community originally in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.695°N 3.207°W
Located inMonmouthshire, Wales     ( - 1974)
Also located inGwent, Wales     (1974 - 1996)
Caerphilly (principal area), Wales     (1996 - )
See alsoGwynllwg Commute, Monmouthshire, Walescommute in which it was located
Wentloog Hundred, Monmouthshire, Waleshundred in which it was located
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Bedwelty was a parish and urban district in the historic county of Monmouthshire, Wales, until 1974.

The original ancient parish was very large, and included most of the upper Ebbw and Sirhowy valleys. A number of coal mining communities grew up in the parish, and in the 19th century these became separate local government units.

On 19 June 1874, local boards of health and local government districts were formed for Ebbw Vale, Rhymney and Tredegar; each included a part of the Bedwelty. The remainder of Bedwelty itself became a local government district later, on 29 June 1891. In 1894 the local boards were replaced by Urban Districts. The areas included in Bedwelty, Ebbw Vale, Rhymney and Tredegar Urban Districts became separate civil parishes. (An inspection of the OS map of Monmouthshire of 1900 will be informative here.)

Bedwelty Urban District included the villages and hamlets of Aberbargoed, Blackwood, New Tredegar, Argoed, Pengam and Rock. These had all previously been in the parish of Bedwelty. Aberbargoed, Blackwood and New Tredegar became parishes in their own rite; the italicized places remained as hamlets and villages withing Bedwelty.

The urban district was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972 in 1974. Its area was split: the wards of Aberbargoed, New Tredegar, Cwmsyfiog, and Phillipstown passed to the Rhymney Valley District of Mid Glamorgan, and the remainder to the east was included in the Islwyn Borough of Gwent.

Further local government reorganisation in 1996 (in which county boundaries were altered) has led to all of the area of the former urban district being included in the Caerphilly County Borough. It now corresponds to the communities of Aberbargoed, Blackwood, New Tredegar , Argoed, Bargoed, Cefn Fforest, and part of the community of Darran Valley. (Those in italics are smaller, more recently developed places not discussed separately in WeRelate.)

The church of St. Sannan was built in a thirteenth century Gothic style. The church tower is fourteenth century and contains six bells. The church was restored in 1858 and repaired in 1882. The exterior is whitewashed.

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