Blaenau Gwent

Castle, Brynmawr

The Castle stood on Market Hall, Brynmawr and was demolished and replaced with the New Griffin Hotel.

Gwesty Inn, Croes Penamen nr Abertillery

Five different roads met at Croes Penmaen and therefore quenched the thirst of many a weary traveler.

Like many watering holes in the area, Gwesty Inn was forced to close and be used as a coffee house during the era of Lady Llanover who strongly disapproved of alcohol.  Her desire and power within the community was the death knell for many public houses. 

The Penllwyn Hotel, Pontllanfraith

The 16th century two storey Tudor Mansion was built by Thomas Morgan for his favourite son Edmund.  Has square headed windows, moulded mullions and drip moulds.  Situated in the heart of the Sirhowy Valley and now surrounded by housing estates.

The Walpole Hotel, Llanhilleth

The landlord of the Walpole in the 1930s was Bill Phillips.  A popular character during the period was a guy called ‘one arm Jes’ who used to deliver bottles of beer etc on horse and cart around the houses. 

Llanhilleth RFC took over the building on 19th December 1975 and opened its clubhouse. 

The Coach and Horses, Blackwood

A once famous inn located in Blackwood but sadly demolished in 1958.  The inn was an important meeting place for the Chartists prior to their march on Newport in 1839.  Today Chartist House stands on the site and a plaque was unveiled to signify its importance to local history.

Photographs prior to demolish show windows blocked up to escape paying the window tax!

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