Industrial Wales and Monmouthshire
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Further Reading

BOOKS, PERIODICALS, WEBSITES and other sources of information.

Websites were existing at these addresses at the time of listing but may have moved or been renamed or just faded away.....
To be honest, websites are not cheap to run and take quite a lot of effort to maintain so unless you're really keen......
Facebook seems to be taking over from dedicated websites these days, being free and very easy to maintain may have something to do with it !
There's a lot of information to be found, try searching on the place you're interested in and there's often a 'past and present' group with loads of photos and memories.
Of course 'Google' is one of the best ways to find things on the internet but do try alternative words or spellings, it's amazing what turns up (other search engines are available).


Brecknock & Abergavenny and Monmouthshire Canals, Towpath Guide No 2, R Alan Stevens, Goose and Son.
Collieries of South Wales, Vols 1 - 4, John Cornwall, Landmark Publishing.
Cruising along the Mon & Brec Canal, James Eyles, Starling Press.
Industrial Locomotives of Gwent,Geoffrey Hill and Gordon Green, Industrial Railway Society (IRS Gwent).
Small Mines of South Wales, A J Booth, Industrial Railway Society.
South Wales Collieries, Vols 1-5, David Owen, Tempus Publishing.
Tramroads of the Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal, Gordon Rattenbury, Railway and Canal Historical Society (Rattenbury).
Early Limestone Railways, John van Laun, The Newcomen Society.
The Brecon Forest Tramroads, Stephen Hughes, Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales.
The Miners and Coal Levels of Gwent, Colin Spencer, The History Press.
The Collieries and Coalfields of South Wales, Ray Lawrence.
     - This is an excellent and hugely detailed series of privately published books covering the whole of the South Wales coalfields.
Ray's online bookshop is here :- books on Welsh coal mining - The search facility of The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. - information on most Welsh coalmines. - free historical online Ordnance Survey maps.
Reg Malpass - The late Reg Malpass has a huge seletion of old maps and photos on his Flickr site. Hopefully they will be available for some time yet. - costly historical online Ordnance Survey maps. - various aspects of mining. - mines, levels and adits of the UK. - A minerals database with details of many quarries.
Coalmining History Resource Centre - particularly good for lists of mines and their casualties.
Penmorfa Old bricks - Welsh (and UK) brickworks and their products. - Aerial Ropeways in the UK. - Limekilns around the UK

Eastern Valleys

Cwmbran Vols 1 and 2, Dr Gareth John & Graham Lawrence, Old Bakehouse Publications.
Eastern Valley, Chris Barber, Blorenge Books.
Exploring Blaenavon Industrial Landscape, Chris Barber, Blorenge Books.
In Those Days (Cwmbran), John McKenna & Frank King, Community Projects Centre.
Monmouthshire Eastern Valleys, Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Middleton Press.
Pontypool to Mountain Ash, Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Middleton Press.
The surviving engines of Glyn Pits in Pontypool, Gwyn Tilley, Landmark Publishing.

'The Brickworks of Torfaen' by Lawrence Skuse. Lawrence has written an excellent booklet on the history of 'The Brickworks of Torfaen' which is well worth a read. Click on the link for a .pdf version of it. The Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway site - A general site for Pontypool but doesn't seem to work too well - photos of industrial sites in Monmouthshire - Memories and photos of Old Pontypool
Cwmbran - Past and Present - A Facebook group for Cwmbran with lots of old photos
Pontypool - Past and Present - A Facebook group for Pontypool with lots of old photos
Old Pontypool - A Facebook group for historic Pontypool with lots of photos
Whitehead - The continuing history of the Cwmbran brickworks loco - The community website for Henllys Village.

Western Valleys

Industrial Archaeology in Blaenau Gwent, Dr John van Laun, Blaenau Gwent Borough Council.
Pontypool to Mountain Ash, Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith, Middleton Press.
Western Valley Walks and more, Ralph Collins, Old Bakehouse Publications.
A historical tour around Mynyddislwyn Mountain, Len Burland, Old Bakehouse Publications.
The Cwmcarn Dam Disaster, Tony Jukes, Danygraig Books. - Risca Industrial History Museum and the Oxford House Industrial History Society
Risca - Past and Present - A Facebook group for the Risca area with lots of old photos
Abertillery - Past - A Facebook group for the Abertillery area with lots of old photos - lots of info on Ebbw Vale - The story of Crumlin Viaduct - Old photos and history of the Newbridge area.

Sirhowy Valley

A historical tour around Mynyddislwyn Mountain, Len Burland, Old Bakehouse Publications.
Industrial Archaeology in Blaenau Gwent, Dr John van Laun, Blaenau Gwent Borough Council.
Sirhowy Valley Line, Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Middleton Press.
Railways in the Sirhowy Valley, W W Tasker, Oakwood Press

Rhymney Valley

A History of Caerphilly, H P Richards, D Brown and Sons.
A History of Rudry, John Guy, Starling Press.
The Rhymney Railway, Vols 1 and 2, John Hutton, Silver Link Publishing
Rhymney and New Tredegar Lines, Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Middleton Press.

Machen Remembered - A good collection of photos of old Machen
Caerphilly Local History - A Facebook community for Caerphilly Local History with loads of old photos

Newport and Rural Monmouthshire

Stone & Steam in the Black Mountains, David Tipper, Blorenge Books. - Newport's history in all it's glory.


'Archive', a quarterly magazine from Black Dwarf Lightmoor Press.
'Industrial Railway Record', the quarterly magazine of the Industrial Railway Society.

Acknowledgments and Thanks

To the authors and contributors to all of the books, magazines and websites above for details, ideas and particularly, the inspiration to create this site.

Also to those who have very kindly provided further information, photographs or pointers to other locations, including :-

Maggie Thomas, Rob Southall, Bernard Osment, Stan Edwards, Tom Chivers, Terry Wilkins, Brian Edwards, Colin Spencer, Mike Munro,
Stewart Campbell, Lawrence Skuse, Ray Lawrence, John Venn, Mike Stokes, Michael Kilner, Richard Paterson, Dave Sallery, David Kitching
and all the members of Oxford House Industrial History Socierty and Risca Industrial History Museum.

and just a few of those who have kindly commented and found the site useful :-

Janine Gulliford, Glenda Paterson, Giles Davies, Alasdair Mckie of the Great War Forum at and Gwyneth Roberts of the Drill Hall Project at

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