Interesting Facts

The Greater Bargoed area is proud to be home to several sporting and entertainment greats:

Sport and Leisure

  • Welsh professional wrestler, Stephanie Newell(1994) becomes WWE star Tegan Nox.
  • Welsh boxer and kick boxer Lauren Price (1994)

The World of Entertainment

  • Ogilvie Colliery was used for Dr Who when Jon Pertwee was “The Doctor” in 1973
  • British Espionage Film “The Man that Never Was” (1956) was based on an Aberbargoed Man
  • Doris Hare MBE [1905-2000], famous for playing Mrs Butler in the comedy series On the Buses
  • Luke Evans (1979) [actor & singer] famous for roles in movies such as Beauty and the Beast, Dracula Untold, Three Musketeers among others, as well as London West End Productions such as Miss Saigon


  •  The sinking of Bargoed colliery started in 1897 and its first coal was produced in 1901.  The colliery broke a world record for coal production in a single shift when 4020 tons were produced in 1909.  The colliery closed in 1977.

Art and Music

  • 1965 saw L S Lowry capture Bargoed viaduct in his painting.
  • Welsh composer of classical music Alun Hoddinott CBE (11 August 1929 – 11 March 2008).

The Natural World

  • Aberbargoed Grasslands is the first National Nature Reserve to be declared (in June 2012) within the boundaries of Caerphilly County Borough.

Our local community

  • 1923 saw the erection of the War Memorial.  It has been moved twice, and is now housed in the grounds of St Gwladys Church, Bargoed.
  • The wrought iron gates at the Wood Street entrance to Bargoed Park were erected in 1952 to commemorate the Festival of Britain.

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