in Town guides
Tredegar is a town rich in history and prides itself on many things including its famous son Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the National Health Service. Its most prominent feature is the town clock, built in 1858, which stands in what was the Market Square, now known as The Circle.
The clock is a symbolic reminder of the town's existence and growth, and has long been a meeting point at the heart of the community. In its heyday, Ty Trist colliery at Tredegar employed over 1,200 workers but it was closed in 1959. One positive outcome, however, has been to see the area, once badly scarred by the waste and pollution of heavy industry, restored to its former natural environment.