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. 

Coach and Horses, Y Coed y Duon

Tafarn adnabyddus iawn yn Y Coed Duon ar un adeg ond fe’i dymchwelwyd yn anffodus ym 1958.  Roedd yn gyrchfan bwysig iawn i’r Siartwyr cyn eu gorymdaith i Gasnewydd ym 1839.  Heddiw mae Ty’r Siartwyr ar y safle a dadorchuddiwyd plac i gydnabod ei bwysigrwydd i hanes lleol. 

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