"Blaenavon Industrial Heritage Site" Blaenavon by ranger49

Blaenavon Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 24 photos

History on the doorstep

Blaenavon, a small Welsh town on the fringes of the Brecon Beacons National Park, was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution.

Its quiet, sparsely populated hillsides and villages were transformed by the discovery in the 18th century of iron and coal - perhaps even more quickly than Dubai was transformed by the discovery of oil two hundred years later!

Today with all heavy manufacturing industry gone ithe town is struggling to find a new identity. The refurbished and revitalised industrial sites are now tourist attractions; investment in the town itself is beginning to eradicate some of the signs of long-term unemployment.

The high street shops have a more prosperous look and several bookshops and cafes have opened there.

The Blorenge

The mountain overlooks the town and wild ponies can be seen there most of the year. This mare and her foal were very popular with my horse- y little grandaughter!

The views from the top are splendid; Keeper's Pond the small lake on the plateau is a very popular place for walking around and sailing boats on - there are always lots of children with their new toys there on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In the summer it is a great place to pick wimberries and to take picnics.

Cordell Country

Keeper's Pond atop the Blorenge is a great favourite with one of our American nieces not only because of its wild beauty but from the top it is possible to see so much of the land portrayed by one of her favourite authors - Alexander Cordell - in his novel Rape of the Fair Country.

Cordell was not Welsh but was born in Sri Lanka and came to convalesce in Wales after WW2. He settled in Abergavenny for many years and through his love of the countryside and his study of its industrial neighbours wove the history of the early industrial workers into his novels.

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  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    Another interesting place! It's hard to believe that the Big Pit mine is really free!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Another interesting page. What a lovely photo of the Horses!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Another gem of a page! Nice job!

  • Balam's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2010 at 1:17 AM

    should be visiting Blaenavon as well next week, it looks great.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2009 at 5:47 AM

    LOVE the iron works buildings. Right up my alley...and vintage. (my house is 1770). Wonder if the steam engine was a Corliss? Do you know?

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    That must be fascinating to visit the iron works and the mining museum!

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2008 at 8:33 AM

    We first visited Blaenavon in the early 80s but had to wait until our daughter was big enough before we could go down the mine. A wonderful living history lesson for us all. leyle

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2008 at 9:20 AM

    Love these kind of museums.

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