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Wattsville is a small village in the Sirhowy Valley, eight miles north west of Newport, the county capital, in south-east Wales, within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire.

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It consists of one main street with another hugging the valley below. Wattsville is the base for the Sirhowy valley country park, starting at the tourist centre in Full Moon Cottage, a site for hillwalking and mountain biking on the old railway trackbed.

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History

Further up the valley at Cwmfelinfach is the old site of Nine Mile Point Colliery. This was the site of the first ever 'sit in' of miners. At Wattsville the New Risca Mine, opened 1878 and was 855 feet deep. It was located on the eastern edge of Wattsville and was the first colliery in South Wales to have electric lighting at the pithead and underground in 1892.

Cwmfelinfach is a small village located in the Sirhowy valley of south-east Wales. It is part of the district of Caerphilly within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire. Located north of Wattsville and about 5 miles north of the nearest town Risca and south of Blackwood.

Nine Mile Point colliery was a coal mine at Cwmfelinfach in the South Wales Valleys, originally known as "Coronation Colliery", and constructed between 1902 and 1905. The deepest shaft was 1,176 feet deep. Seven men were killed on 13 August 1904 during the establishment of the mine.

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The bassist and lyricist of Manic Street Preachers Nicky Wire lived in Wattsville and wrote a song about the village called "Wattsville Blues", where he describes his love of the village. The song appears on the album Know Your Enemy .

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About halfway up the main street, there is a noticeable gap in the terrace. This is where 4 houses used to stand, which were flattened due to underground mine workings. There is now a monument and garden on the site. There is a similar gap next to the play area on Duffryn Terrace.

Notable people

Osi Rhys Osmond, artist

Coordinates: 51°37′05″N3°09′18″W / 51.61806°N 3.15500°W / 51.61806; -3.15500

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