Historic Landscape Characterisation
Merthyr Tydfil

053 Y Graig, Gurnos

HLCA 53 Y Graig, Gurnos Small open area of scrub woodland and pasture; network of tracks.

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Y Graig, Gurnos character area: open landscape of pasture and scrub woodland.


A small relict open landscape of pasture and scrub woodland, formerly part of Gurnos Farm.

Historical background

The historic landscape area of Y Graig, Gurnos is a remnant of land associated with Gurnos Farm to the south of the Heads of the Valleys Road. Shown as a fir plantation and other enclosures on the tithe of 1850, part of the estate of David Edwards, leased to William Crawshay (see 052). Cartographic evidence (1875) indicates the area contained a network of tracks leading to the Taff Fechan Valley and the Gurnos Quarry and lime works (see HLCA 012), and a small number of minor extractive features, possibly gravel pits.


For further information please contact the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust at this address. Link to the Countryside Council for Wales website at www.ccw.gov.uk or Cadw at www.cadw.wales.gov.uk