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Hengoed.net is dedicated to the village of Hengoed (hen+coed) in Mid-Glamorgan South Wales. Hengoed (pronounced hen-goyd) lies on the west side of the Rhymney Valley overlooking Ystrad Mynach across from Maesycwmmer and 6 miles north from Caerphilly.

A mere 15 miles (or 30 minutes) from the capital city of Cardiff makes Hengoed ideally located. Hengoed retains its rural charm whilst being very accessible for modern living with excellent communications, being on the A469 main trunk road and benefiting from regular bus & train services. The Arriva Trains Wales railway station, also named Hengoed, is on the Rhymney Line going south to Caerphilly via a tunnel through Caerphilly mountain to Llanishen, Neath & Cardiff.

Hengoed originally fell within the traditional county of Glamorgan but is now within the county borough of Caerphilly. It is thought that Hengoed takes its name from the manor house known as Hengoed Hall. The name Hengoed is said to literally means 'old wood' in Welsh. The 2001 census revealed that 3,829 people lived in Hengoed of which 48 per cent were male and 52 per cent were female: 99.2% of the Hengoed population were from white ethnic origins.

Maesycwmmer to Hengoed Viaduct
Hengoed viaduct wheel

Above is the majestic sixteen arch Maesycwmmer to Hengoed Viaduct stretching across the Rhymney Valley that linked Pontypool to Swansea, via Aberdare and Neath. Built in 1857, this 260 metre structure was commissioned by the Newport, Abergavenney and Hereford Railway and designed by their engineer Charles Liddel. The rail line actually crossing the Viaduct closed in 1964 but today it forms part of the Celtic Trail, the network of cycle routes across South Wales.

Last modified:  Saturday 27th October 2012 11:04am