SO1810 : SW roundhouse, Nantyglo

taken 5 years ago, near to Nantyglo, Blaenau Gwent, Great Britain

SW roundhouse, Nantyglo
SW roundhouse, Nantyglo
This is one of two roundhouses dating from the early 19th century. The other one is located 125 metres to the NE. They are not accessible to visitors as they are located in private property. This view was taken from a muddy public track.
The Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council website states:

"The Nantyglo Roundhouse complex is a unique relic of the Industrial Revolution. It was built in about 1816 by Joseph and Crawshay Bailey, the Ironmasters of the Nantyglo Ironworks, as a defended refuge against armed revolt by their workforce. In effect, it was the last private castle built in Britain. No other site in Wales gives so stark a reminder of the bitter conflict between Ironmasters and workforce. The towers symbolise the social upheaval which gave birth to the Chartist Insurrection and which would eventually create the modern labour movement. Properly conserved and consolidated, the Roundhouse Complex has huge potential as a heritage centre telling the turbulent story of a key period in Welsh history. It would serve as an invaluable educational resource for local people and an attraction for visitors from further afield."
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 18 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 19 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 1892 1018 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:47.0630N 3:10.6081W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 1896 1014
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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