Butetown, this model village was one man's dream of quality workers housing at a time when other ironmasters were debating whether or not the lower classes could even use a toilet. Nestled at the top of the Rhymney Valley, it is an architectural gem.
Large swaths of land across south Wales became part of the Bute Estate through marriages in the 18th century. Situated on the northern edge of the South Wales Coalfield, on the edge of the Bute Estate, we find Bute Town – a unique workers' community built in the late 1820’s, that is waiting for you to explore!
Bute Town was mainly built in around 1830 to house ironworkers, but through its life it has welcomed people from across the UK and even from overseas who were all seeking work and a happy life.
A visit to this community will allow you to discover the unique architecture of this "Model Village" where good quality houses with gardens and a sense of community must have been a real selling point for the Iron Company. You can also discover more about some of the people that lived there, maybe meet some locals by calling in for a drink at The Windsor Arms, a pub which has been at the heart of this community since it was built.
You can also learn about the area by visiting the Winding House museum in New Tredegar, a unique museum which tells the history of the people of Caerphilly.
For more information visit the website which has lots of interesting facts about the area as well as access to the Bute Town Heritage Trail app.