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Town of Tredegar
Tredegar, a town in the Valleys of South Wales, is located at the north end of the river Sirhowy valley, about 1,000 feet above sea level. It lies about 30 miles north of Cardif, some 9 miles east of Merthyr Tydfil and 5 miles south of Brynmawr. (Not to be confused with with New Tredegar, which lies some 6 miles to the south.)
Until 1974, Tredegar formed the urban district of Tredegar in the 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 of Blaenau Gwent in the new county of Gwent. In 1996, Gwent was abolished as an administrative county, and the district became the county borough of Blaenau Gwent - a unitary authority (within the ceremonial, or preserved, county of Gwent).
Tredegar Jewish Community
The Tredegar Jewish community dates back to at least the 1870s, when a Jewish congregation was established. In 1911, the town's Jewish community was the victims of an anti-Jewish riot, when the rioters rampaged through any property having Jewish connections in Tredegar. Windows were broken and shops were plundered and destroyed, but there were no injuries (see Tredegar Anti-Jewish Riots of 1911). Nevertheless, the Jews continued to live and trade in the town and harmony was re-established with their non-Jewish neighbours. By the 1940's, the number of Jews in the Tredegar had dwindled to the extent that communal services could no longer be held. There was also a Jewish community in New Tredegar.
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