Markham, Caerphilly

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Markham
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Markham is located in Caerphilly
Markham
Markham
Markham shown within Caerphilly
OS grid reference SO165015
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Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BLACKWOOD
Postcode district NP12
Dialling code 01495
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Caerphilly
51°42′22″N 3°12′35″W / 51.706002°N 3.209790°W / 51.706002; -3.209790Coordinates: 51°42′22″N 3°12′35″W / 51.706002°N 3.209790°W / 51.706002; -3.209790

Markham is a small village in the South Wales Valleys in Caerphilly County Borough, to the northeast of Bargoed. Built as a planned garden village, it grew out of the need to house employees of Markham Colliery. Today it is a district of the community of Argoed.[1] The B4511 road links to Markham from Aberbargoed and joins the A4048 road to the north of Argoed. The Sirhowy River flows to the east of the village.[2][3]

Landmarks[edit]

At the heart of the village is an active Methodist congregational chapel. It celebrated its centenary in 2013. A Welfare Hall was built during its time as a mining village, which also housed a cinema. Today the hall is still used as a Social Club.[4]

The village's primary school, Markham Primary School, is a feeder school for Pontllanfraith Comprehensive School and Blackwood Comprehensive School.[5] Markham RFC currently play in the WRU Swalec League Five South East.[6] Markham RFC have won the Cyrus Davies Cup three times. They have also been semi-finalists of the Worthington District's Cup three times.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6. 
  2. ^ Beach, Russell (1 January 1975). AA touring guide to Wales. Automobile Association. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-09-211570-7. 
  3. ^ Google (29 April 2016). "Markham, Caerphilly" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "The old chapel in Markham". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "About the school". Pontllanfraith.org.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "SWALEC East Round Up". Welsh Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 April 2016.