History of Gelligaer

As you drive through Gelligaer nowadays, it is hard to imagine that this has been a key location through the history of south Wales. Here, as well as a Roman fort, you can find evidence of Bronze Age burials, Norman churches, Medieval settlements, ancient pastures, some of the earliest educational provision in Wales, evidence of the rise of non conformity, industry and even a post WWII housing boom.

Why has this area such a rich past? It all comes down to Location… Location… Location…! Situated on a hill top, with good supplies of water and minerals, Gelligaer occupies a strategic as well as a spiritual and even nurturing location even today.