1984 miners’ strike in Blaengarw

BBC production,”Coal Stories”. Chris Corcoran presents a four-part children’s series telling the story of coal and its impact on Welsh life An account of the events of the 1984-1985 coal strike and its impact on Blaengarw as a community. Examines the use of food parcels to provide food to struggling miners and their families, and splits…

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A Child’s Letter About Blaengarw In 1899

Written by Thomas John Jones (12) published in the South Wales Echo in 1899. “Dear Uncle Joe, I am going to write you a description of Blaengarw. First of all it is the shape of a triangle. It is situated at about 8 miles from Bridgend. In the centre of the town is a triangular…

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Blaengarw Exhibition

The Garw Heritage Society are holding an exhibition in the Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall on the 14th, 15th and 16th October. We will be covering the history of the valley and would love to see everyone!

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Howell Morgan of Blaengarw: Jewellery, Clocks & Watches

Submitted by David Dimmick. A little while ago I purchased a book called ‘Cardiff Clocks’ by William Linnard, which is described as ‘a comprehensive account of watch and clock makers in Cardiff, the Valleys, and the Vale of Glamorgan’. I had bought the book because my great-great-grandfather appeared in a 19th century census as a…

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SAD RETURN OF WOUNDED BLAENGARW SOLDIER

12/3/1914. On Wednesday of last week the second son of Mr. Bailey, of 7, Greenfield Terrace. Private 1214. W.Bailey, of the 2nd Batt: Welsh Regiment returned on leave to his home village, having been wounded at La Bassee. (France) He was on the Army Reserve list, and rejoined his regiment on August 8th 1914. He…

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