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Tredegar, once a centre of Industrial Revolution in South Wales, is located on the banks of the Sirhowy River in Monmouthshire. One of the most famous ironworks in Richmond, Virginia, United States, The Tredegar Iron Works, was named after this town in England.
Samuel Homfray, who founded the town, needed residential places for their workers. Thus Tredegar was developed more as a need than for any other purpose. Lt.Col. Sir Charles Gould Morgan granted his land on the east side of the Sirhowy river, in 1799 for the building of the iron works company. As a means to develop business, Homfray married Sir Charles’ daughter Jane and got an extension to the lease. However, The west bank remained undeveloped as it fell under the ownership of Lord Tredegar.
Those who wanted to run their businesses in Tredegar, Homfray sold franchisees to them But in return, he took a percentage from each of them. He also saw to it that his currency did not go to others. For this, he paid in his own currency that could be used only inside the town. In a few years, the parish grew and the mode of transport was fast becoming the horse carriages.
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There are two marvels of architecture that worth a see – the Town Clock and the Bedwellty House. The Bedwellty House is famous as it used to be the living place for the founder of Tredegar i.e. Samuel Homfray. A Victorian garden surrounds the house without any gates. The Long Shelter is also a part of the Bedwelity House.
The Town Clock stands in the southern part of the town. The clock was gifted by Mrs R.P. Davies, who was the wife of the manager of Tredegar Ironworks and, who also conceived the idea as well. JB Joyce & Co of Whitchurch, Shropshire were assigned to build this clock. Once this was done, the clock was erected in the Circle according to the instructions of Mrs.Davies.
The town of Tredegar is known for three major riots that rocked the town. They occurred in 1868, 1882 and 1911. Each of these riots had a different purpose.
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