Wales

Drenewydd iron industry museum sold as Caerphilly home

The former Drenewydd Museum
Image caption The museum allowed visitors to see what life was like for the 19th Century 'poor family in the cellar'

A museum offering a glimpse of Wales' iron-making industrial heritage is being sold by a council as a residential home.

For 15 years, Drenewydd Museum, at Butetown, Rhymney, Caerphilly county, offered visitors the chance to eavesdrop in the lives of a 19th Century "ironworking household".

Caerphilly council shut the three-storey Grade II listed venue in 2008.

The property, which would need conversion, has a £99,995 asking price.

The house is located in a row of three terraced cottages which form Butetown Conservation Area just off the A465 Heads of the Valleys road.

The terrace was built in the 1830s and the property is comprised of two of the homes in the street at the time.

Image caption The museum was shut in 2008 after being open for 15 years

A modern spiral staircase leads to accommodation in the attic.

Visitors to the museum were encouraged to discover what life was like for the original occupants "including the lodgers in the attic and the poor family who lived in the cellar dwelling below".

Whoever takes on the property will have to negotiate any material changes with the council's planning department.

The museum was one of Wales' smallest museums when it opened. It had a ticket price of £1 for adults and 60p for children and pensioners

The village's most famous son is the Anglo-Welsh poet Idris Davies whose poem The Bells of Rhymney became a folk rock standard after it was set to music by the folk musician Pete Seeger.

Drenewydd was marketed alongside Elliot Colliery Winding House, New Tredegar, which explained the rise and fall of the coal industry in the area.

Elliott Colliery, which employed around 2,800 people at its height, closed in 1967.

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