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The Aber Valley Heritage Group was established several years ago by a committee of local volunteers, keen to preserve the rich heritage of the communities within the Aber Valley.

This website aims to give you all the latest news of our project’s development, including any upcoming events, how you can support us and details of our developing plans to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Universal Colliery Explosion in 2013.

The Universal Colliery in Senghenydd was the scene of the largest mining disaster in British history, when in 1913, 440 men and boys (including one rescue worker) lost their lives in a devastating explosion. This followed a previous disaster in 1901 where 81 colliery workers were also killed.

In recent years the committee have established a Heritage Museum situated within Senghenydd Community Centre on Gwern Avenue. Although the museum is largely devoted to commemorating these explosions it also documents the wider history of the Valley, including the Windsor Colliery, the sporting achievements of local residents, the old shops and buildings, memories of community events and the community’s involvement in the World Wars.

If you have any photos or memories about the Aber Valley please e-mail senghen.heritage@btconnect.com - this will help us show a world wide audience about the rich history of the Aber Valley.  



A typical act of bravery took place on 17th August 1917 when Sgt Gilbert Lloyd, (Senghenydd), South Wales Borderers who, together with five others soldiers, held an isolated position until his battalion had been relieved and then brought out their wounded whilst still under fire.

He was awarded the MM at a local ceremony held on “The Rec” in August 19, 1919.  At this same ceremony where the villagers turned out in their thousands to see Colonel H E Morgan Lindsay, CB, DSO award the decorations to Sgt Lloyd and the men and also to the families of those Killed in Action (KIA). All listed below.

Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)   Military Medal (MM)

Cpl. Tom Locke Sapper Robert Jackson

Pte. William Higgs Bdr. H C Fleet

Dvr. R G Taylor

Gnr. David Davies

Sgt. King Humphries

Pte. Syd Edwards


Distinguished Conduct Medal Military Cross (MC)

Sgt. T H Brown (KIA) Lt. J A Roberts(KIA)

(accepted by his wife) (accepted by his father)

Photo of Sgt Gilbert Lloyd


Wounded on three occasions before winning the MM in 1917.  Became a


Lieutenant in Home Guard, Aber and

and Senghenydd Platoon 1940-46.

Secretary of local Ex-Servicemen’s

Club for over 50 years.

Focus on ...

Meningate Ypres

Passchendale 31 July - 10 November 1917

These men are remembered on the cenotaph on Senghenydd Square and on the Abertridwr memorial housed in Nazareth Chapel Thomas Street Abertridwr.




Latest news


Senghenydd Mining Disaster search for £12m relief fund

Date 6th March 2017

We made the news today in regard to the whereabouts of the remainder of the money raised following the 1913 disaster. 

Get the whole story on the BBC website.

Huge thanks

Aber Valley Heritage would like to extend a huge thank you to the Bridgend and District Motorcycle Club who visited recently and very kindly donated £100 to the Museum. All donations we receive make a difference. 




Aber Valley Heritage Museum
Gwern Avenue
CF83 4HA
Tel: 02920 830445
E-mail:  senghen.heritage@btconnect.com


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