Aber Valley Heritage Museum
Gwern Avenue
CF83 4HA
Tel: 02920 830445


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The Aber Valley, located in South East Wales has two main communities - Abertridwr and Sengenydd which grew around the mining industry in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Come and visit the The Heritage Museum located in Senghenydd Community Centre.  The Museum is dedicated to the rich heritage of the Aber Valley in Caerphilly, with a particular emphasis on the two mines (The Universal Colliery in Senghenydd and the Windsor Colliery in Abertridwr) which once dominated the Valley. In particular the community have donated a great many photographs along with a vast array of artefacts and memorabilia all of which are on display in the various display cabinets and on the two inter-active touch screens.

After you've visted the Museum why not take a walk along the Aber Valley Heritage Trail for it's spectacular views across the Bristol Channel and sites of historical interest. Last by no means least pop into the Rose and Crown for a pint and a meal.

Senghenydd and Abertridwr

Photo courtesy of Jason Yorath.


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.