Blaenau Gwent has a great many tales of folklore and myth which is not suprising due to the great number of historical events and buildings the Borough holds.
There are many local stories of fairies, witches, hounds and the supernatural - which only you can decide whether you believe!
Events are held throughout the year at various locations throughout the Borough highlighting folklore, and an annual Calan Gaeaf event held every 31st October at St Illtyd's celebrating the Celtic New Year.
Rev. Edmund Jones
Edmund Jones is the source of much of our knowledge of the landscape, way of life, customs and folk-lore of Blaenau Gwent before the Industrial Revolution altered these valleys forever. This remarkable man was born in 1702 on the small farm of Penllwyn, in Nantyglo, in the parish of. . .Read more
A Ghostly Guide of Blaenau Gwent
Every summer, thousands of hikers enjoy the spectacular views from the Offa’s Dyke footpath running along Hatterall Hill. This is the highest and most easterly ridge of the Black Mountains and forms the border between Wales and Herefordshire. Most of them will be unaware that they may have unseen company. . .Read more
Folklore of Llanhilleth & Aberbeeg
In 1779, the Rev. Edmund Jones (1702-1793), a local Independent minister, published A Geographical, Historical, and Religious Account of the Parish of Aberystruth. Chapter XIV of this now very rare book is entitled. . .Read more
Corpse Ways and Fairy Weddings in Blaenau Gwent
An article by Paul Devereux in 3rd Stone Magazine on “corpse ways” brought to mind another anecdote from Edmund Jones’ A Geographical, Historical and Religious Account of the Perish of Aberystruth, which was printed at the Methodist commune at Trefeca, Breconshire, in 1779. . .Read more
The Arthur of medieval Welsh literature - be it in Welsh or in Latin - is the archetypal Celtic hero - a rough, vigorous, splendidly barbarian figure fighting boars and serpents, witches, dog-headed warriors and other dreaded enemies. . .Read more