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kenofseavington

Blaen-y-cwm village 1911 - 1928

Hello, I am looking for more info re the village and possibly more about who (names) lived there.
I know my grandfather was there and married in Beaufort in 1921
His name was Samuel James Osborne and he married Florence Kirby .
On the marriage certificate he was a Loco driver.
They lived in 1 Hut Blaenycwm!!according to the marriage cert.
I have the book "Stone and steam in the black mountains" which has been a great help.
It does mention a Bill Kirby as being an engine driver - but he is NOT related , as far as I can see to Florence.
No mention of my grandfather.
Does anybody have more info re the village etc........
Ken
stoob

Blaen Y Cwm Village

Seen a picture of Bill Kirby, he drove the locomotive "Anita", picture is in a book called Reservoir Builders of South Wales.

Tad blurred but worth a look


kenofseavington

blaen-y-cwm village

Thanks Stoob - I have that from the book - its very good.
My Gran was a Kirby - but its just a coincidence about Bill Kirby - totally different family - pity  Sad
Their marriage cert definitely show their address as 1 Hut Blaenycwm - and Granddad was down as a Loco driver - that's the bits I want to confirm
It may be I have to live long enough for the 1921 census to get more details.  Very Happy
Anyway - any more info from people who had relatives who worked at the village is what I hope to get.
Cheers
Ken
stoob

Blaen Y Cwm Village

Were your relatives "Posh End" ?.
Did here that they are trying to get the next census out early but it would be Brecknock or Powys wouldn't it ?
I bought the 1841 census on disc from Parish Chest, wouldn't be anything on their site ?
kenofseavington

blaen-y-cwm village

Stoob,
       that I don't know. As you can see there were several areas - 8 in all labelled "huts" so I think any one of them - but not the "posh end"
As the village only existed it would seem from abt 1911 to 1929 then only the 1911 census would show anything - Gran, Florry Kirby was living with parents in Ebbw vale and Granddad would appear to be in the army in South wales - that's before the project / village were in existence. Granddad was in the war in  the Royal flying corp. They next turn up in early 1921 with banns of marriage and then marriage in marriage in St David's beaufort - and as I say living in 1 Hut Blaenycwm.
Ken
kenofseavington

Blaen-y-cwm village

Further - it may be that I have to go and see the records of the Abertillery water company - hope they may hold some employment records etc.
stoob

Blaen Y Cwm Village

Are those Water Company records over the Archives in Ebbw Vale, only I'll be over there one day next week looking at copies of newspapers and can ask what they have on the village.
kenofseavington

Hi Stoob- not sure if they are in Abertillery museum / records office - but if you have time to have a look see what they have re the village etc. I will be obliged. - and then I know its worth a drive over and checking myself.
I notice that I cant find any newspapers online after about 1911 - pity that - would be of help no doubt.
Ken
stoob

Blaen Y Cwm Village

There's nothing at Newport Reference Library and they suggest phoning Tredegar on 01495 357869.
There are Abertillery Water Company records over Ebbw Vale but don't know what they contain.
Fairly sure the newspaper collection at the National Library of Wales goes up to 1919. As long as you live in Wales you can join online and view them on your computer free of charge.
kenofseavington

Blaen-y-cwm village

Hi Stoob - thanks - have a link from the Brynmawr Facebook page - someone at the Pontypool history society gave a lecture some year ago on the village so.....
Cheers
stoob

Blaen Y Cwm Village

Possibly a branch of the Gwent Local History Council.
Pontypool does have a branch at the Gwent Family History Society but they are separate organisations.
Most of the pictures of Blaen Y Cwm are at Abergavenny Museum, might be worth asking them what else they have.

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