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Chris Scott
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Bedwellty, Monmouth, Wales

Extract from the 1868 National Gazeteer

BEDWELLTY, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of Wentllooge, in the county of Monmouth, 7 miles to the W. of Pont-y-pool. Newport is its post town. It is situated in a hilly district between the river Rumney, on the W., and the Sirhowey on the E., and contains the chapelries of Rhymney and Tredegar, the latter being now a market town, and the hamlets of Ishlawrcoed, Mamhole, and Uwchlawreoed. The district is rich in iron and coal, and is the seat of an extensive iron manufacture, giving employment to above 1,300 hands. Between 3,000 and 4,000 persons are engaged in the great ironworks and collieries in the vicinity.

Of the places in Wales where ironworks were present, the largest concentration of Kellys originating from Ireland that I have found so far is in Bedwellty, Monmouth.

In the 1881 census the following are listed:
John Kelly aged 22, born Limerick, Ireland. A lodger listed as a general labourer but his two fellow lodgers are identified as "cokers" so it is likely his work was related to the Ironworks.
James Kelly aged 23 born Cork, Ireland. A boarder listed as a Bessemer Labourer (Steel)
Matthew Kelly aged 35 born Waterford, Ireland. Head of household list as a Furnace labourer (Iron)
William Kelly aged 25 born Ireland. Boarder listed as an Iron labourer
John Kelly aged 30 born Ireland. Lodger listed as a Rail straightener (Iron Works)
James Kelly aged 26 born Ireland. Lodger listed as a Coke filer (Iron Works)
Patrick Kelly aged 40 born Ireland. Boarder listed as an Iron worker

The two main ironworks in the area were Sirhowy and Tredegar.

Interestingly, the most likely candidate I have so far found for Michael Kidney, who lived with Liz Stride, was in 1881 a Blast Furnace man at the same Ironworks and was living at 2 George Street, Bedwellty.

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