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Society Publications

For a copy of any of our publications, please send a cheque made payable to 'OHIHS Treasurer' to the following address:-
OHIHS Treasurer, c/o Oxford House Education Centre, Grove Road, Risca NP11 6GN
Please add £2.80 towards post and packing

The Monmouthshire Merlin
compiled by Malcolm Johnson

The Cwmcarn Dam Disaster
by Tony Jukes

A Miner's Memories - Crumlin and the Navigation Colliery
by Albert V Clarke

Abercarn Furnace
drawn by Michael Blackmore

The Risca Merlin


Contributions from our members

Our members have produced a number of research and discussion documents or have acquired interesting items that deserve a wider audience. We have reproduced a selection below in .pdf format.

Abercarn Blast Furnace

Having known a particular derelict building for many years, three members of the society identified it as the second Abercarn Blast Furnace of 1753 and carried out a study of the remaining structure. 'Abercarn Blast Furnace' by Foster Frowen, Lionel Milsom and Len Burland was first published in the Gwent Local History Journal in Spring 1997 and is now available here :-

The House of Polly Morgan, Penrhiw-gwiail

Our member, Rob Southall, has written a booklet on Polly Morgan's cottage, a well-known site above Pontymister. The booklet is entitled 'The House of Polly Morgan, a history of Penrhiw-gwiail, Lower Machen, between 1841 -1962' and it is available here :-

Ty’n y Ffynnon House

Rob Southall has also written a booklet on Ty’n y Ffynnon House, another well-known site above Crosskeys. The booklet is entitled 'The House at the Wellspring, A History of Ty’n y Ffynnon House 1760 -2015' and it is available here :-

Just where was Archdeacon Coxe's Tramroad ??

There's a lot of discussion and debate on the exact location of the incline that Archdeacon Coxe recorded in 1797. Our member, Bryan Morgan, has done much research on the subject and presents his own views on 'The Location of Edward Jones' 1799 Tramroad - A personal assessment based on contemporary correspondence' here :-

Brown Lenox of Pontypridd

Brown Lenox of Pontypridd were world-famous manufacturers of chains as well as many other industrial items. Our member, Robin Williams, has acquired a fascinating album of photographs taken in c1905 at their works and also the history of the company published in 1965. He has very kindly made them available for all to see.

Trade directories

Trade directories contain a wealth of information and here are a few from our archives covering Pontymister to Pontywaun

Other Publications

Look Back at Old Bedwas and Trethomas Vol.1 & Vol.2

Halls Tramroad

The Risca Merlin - back issues

The Risca Merlin is the Society's periodical journal with up to 26 pages in A5 format, containing short articles produced by OHIHS members.

Price: £1.50 + p&p

Contents of issue No 2

The Miners Safety Lamp
A View Through The Window
'Trade' Memorial Stones
Why Do We Need A Museum Trust?
Risca's 'Budding' Entrepeneurs
1871: Eastern Valley Superstition
How Do You Know Where To Find The Oldest Part Of A Town Or Village?

Contents of issue No 3

A Sticky Situation
Jemima's Sad Story
Edward Steer - A Forgotton Industrialist
The Story of Nurse Annie Brewer
The Eastern Valley Poor in the 1870s
The Opening of Britannia Foundry, Risca
Quiet Woman's Row
The Blackvein - What, Where and When
Our Columbian Press

Contents of issue No 4

Britannia Foundry, Risca - A Worker's Tale
The Story of Puddler Jim
Where Did the Welsh Go
The Afrtermath of the Prince of Wales Colliery Disaster
Early Risca Roads
The Story of Friar's Field - The Devil's Acre
The Collapse of Risca Viaduct
Colliery Place - A Forgotton Community
The Story of Pontypool Japanware
'Leaky Bridge'
Crumlin's Early Development

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