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Historic Site:Ty Mawr & the Roundhouse Towers

Historic Site, free entry

Nantyglo,
Ebbw Vale,
Blaenau Gwent,
NP23 4YF

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The Round Towers at Nantyglo stand as a permanent monument to the tyranny of the ironmasters Joseph and Crawshay Bailey and to the social conditions of the South Wales Valleys in the nineteenth century, which could so easily have developed into a bloody revolution.


Joseph and Crawshay Bailey were remarkable businessmen, but their profits were built not only from their deep knowledge of the iron industry, but also from a ruthlessness with their employees that today seems shocking. They built the Round Towers between 1816-1822 following serious rioting at Nantyglo, in an attempt to protect themselves and their property, and also to act as a symbol of strength against those who would dare threaten ironmasters with violence.

The major ironmasters represented a new class in Wales being English, Anglican and businessmen. Formerly the wealthy class in Wales was generally composed of absentee landlords of large estates living a long distance away from their workers and only seen during the hunting, shooting and fishing seasons. Although the ironmasters usually lived in a mansion close to the works, they were never really integrated into the life of the community and friction between master and worker was never far from the surface.

Picnic siteAccepts groups

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs accepted

Please note that access to the site is by kind permission of the Jones family, however entrance to the buildings is not permitted without permission.

Opening Details

Open all the time

Please Note, acces to the site is free year round. However access inside the towers can only be obtained via direct permission from Mr Glynn Jones, owner of the Roundhouse Farm

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Nantyglo,
Ebbw Vale,
Blaenau Gwent,
NP23 4YF

Directions

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Map reference: SO 207103  Lat: 51.78648 Long: -3.14993

Roundhouse Farm
Waun Ebbw
Brynmawr
Blaenau Gwent
Post Code : NP23 4QS

The roundhouses are best reached from the A467, going south from Brynmawr

Facilities

  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Please note that access to the site is by kind permission of the Jones family, however entrance to the buildings is not permitted without permission.