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Town of Blackwood
Blackwood (Welsh: Y Coed Duon) is a small town situated on the river Sirhowy in the valleys of South East Wales. It lies approximately 17 miles north of Cardiff and 16 miles north-west of Newport, about half way between Newbridge (about 4 miles to the south-east) and Bargoed (about 3 miles to the north-west).
Until 1974, Blackwood formed part of the urban district of Bedwellty in the old county of Monmouthshire (which in many instances was then considered part of England and not Wales). From 1974 until 1996, it was part of the district (and borough) of Islwyn in the new county of Gwent. In 1996, Gwent was abolished as an administrative county, and the district became part of the county borough of Caerphilly - a unitary authority (within the purely ceremonial, or preserved, county of Gwent).
Blackwood Jewish Community
A small, short-lived, Jewish community existed in Blackwood in the 1920s.
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