Argoed, Caerphilly

Argoed is a village, community and an electoral ward in the Sirhowy Valley between Blackwood and Tredegar in Caerphilly County Borough in south Wales. The population of the community and ward at the 2011 census was 2,769.[1] As a community, Argoed also contains the villages of Markham and Hollybush. Argoed is Welsh for 'by a wood or by a grove'.

Before 1960 the village was served by Argoed railway station. This was initially a stop on the Sirhowy Tramroad, which opened in 1822. The tramroad was converted to a conventional standard gauge railway in 1865, the Sirhowy Railway. The station closed in 1960 and the railway has been converted into a cycle path.

Zephaniah Williams, prosecuted for his part in the Chartist Newport Rising in 1839, was born in the village in 1795.

Suspected murderEdit

On 6 November 2014 Cerys Yemm was killed in The Sirhowy Arms Hotel, Argoed, which was providing accommodation to released prisoners as an 'approved premises'. The suspected murderer, Matthew Williams a recently released prisoner, was Tasered at the scene by officers of Gwent Police, and died shortly afterwards. The murder was originally reported to have involved an act of cannibalism. The Independent Police Complaints Commission announced an investigation into the Police's handling of the incident.[2][3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Community and Ward population 2011". Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Sirhowy Arms Hotel death: Cerys Yemm named as victim of Matthew Williams in hostel 'cannibalism' murder". WalesOnline. Media Wales. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  3. ^ Melville-Smith, Alicia (7 November 2014). "Sirhowy Arms Hotel death: Act of cannibalism being investigated after woman's murder in hostel". WalesOnline. Media Wales. Retrieved 9 November 2014.

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Coordinates: 51°41′37″N 3°11′32″W / 51.6935°N 3.1922°W / 51.6935; -3.1922