Welcome to the website of Gelligaer Historical Society.
The Society aims to study local history and heritage in the area of the old parish and urban district of Gelligaer in north east Glamorgan, which includes modern communities such as Pontlottyn, Tirphil, Brithdir, Bargoed, Hengoed, Ystrad Mynach, Trelewis, Bedlinog, Fochrhiw and Deri as well as the village of Gelligaer itself. The Society promotes this by arranging lectures, discussions and field meetings to heritage sites as well as encouraging research.
The Society meets on the last Wednesday of each month during the winter months at Llancaiach Fawr, where a talk is given (see Events tab above). The talks are not necessarily restricted to the subject of Gelligaer; one recent talk being on the Pirates of the Bristol Channel. The society has, since 1964, periodically published a journal - see Publications.
The Society has also undertaken to record, on their web pages, information about the people named on local War Memorials within the area. (see Memorials tab above)
In 2011 the society published Bargoed and Gilfach A Local History to celebrate the society's 50th anniversary. In anticipation of the Society's Diamond (60th) Anniversary in 2021, we are now researching developments in the Parish of Gelligaer in the 19th century. It was an era of great economic, social, political and cultural change and one that witnessed the emergence of the towns and villages that we know today..