History of the DWR Community

Starbuck Street, Rudry

Starbuck Street, in Rudry, was named after Edward Starbuck Williams of Swansea, Chairman of the Rudry Cottage Company Ltd which was formed with £5,000 capital in £1 shares, by the proprietors and workmen of Rudry Pit in May 1890, for the purpose of erecting 15 cottages to be purchased by members of the company and paid for ‘by light instalments’. The land was owned by Mr Williams and on Saturday 26th July 1890, Mrs Williams laid the foundation stone for the first 10 cottages then the party adjourned for ‘luncheon and toasts'.  

Roll of Honour  

Draethen Waterloo & Rudry  Local History 

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Draethen was classified as a conservation area in 1976 and has a unique historical association with the Tredegar Estate and Ruperra Castle.


Coates Brothers Paintworks was sited in Waterloo and was one of the biggest employers in the area. This site was earmarked for development with the potential for 500 houses to be built there.


Evidence found in old documents show that the church of St James in Rudry dates back to 1254, taking the form of a wayside shrine used by pilgrims on route to worship at shrines abroad. The parish records date back to 1627.



Cefn Mably

The original house was largely rebuilt by Edward Kemeys, the High Sheriff of Glamorgan in the late 16th century [depicted on the right as in 1680] and was described by the Cardiff Times in 1893 as one of the finest and most historic country seats in Wales 

Historical Landmarks

Ruperra CastleRuperra Castle 
Machen Forge TrailMachen Forge Trail 
St James ChurchSt James Church 

Local Walks & Bridleways

Let's Walk 

Our aim is to provide local residents and visitors to the area with sustainable opportunities to access and enjoy the ‘countryside in their close locality’. We aim to ensure that access opportunities within the area, for not just our existing networks but also to better meet the present and likely future needs of the public for outdoor recreation, exercise health and wellbeing and general better healthy active travel choices. 

 Public Rights of Way Maps GIS

 Always follow the countryside code take nothing but memories and leave nothing but footprints

Favourite Walks and Horse Rides 

The Rudry views and scenery are spectacular and all on our doorstep. 

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 A little further afield 

The Rhymney Riverside Walk 

Caerphilly Mountain  

The Rhymney Circular Walk   

Ridgeway Walk  Public Rights of Way (PRoW) map

Public Rights of Way (PRoW) Rudry Village 

Public Rights of Way (PRoW) Draethen