Help needed to solve Blaenau Gwent history riddle 


BLAENAU Gwent’s brand new television channel is looking for help to solve a local history riddle.

3VTV, which shows films about and of interest to Blaenau Gwent, launched on the internet last month.
Now the channel is producing a documentary about a group of inscribed stones which lie on the moors above Brynmawr.

Actor Oliver Wood, who is from Brynmawr, is researching and presenting the film. He said: “These mysterious stones are known locally as The Witches’ Graves. There are eight stones scattered across this moorland inscribed with verses from the Bible.

“The vague path the stones follow seems to lead to the Lonely Shepherd. This is a natural standing stone which has been inscribed and it itself the subject of lots of local legends.

“The Lonely Shepherd has been inscribed with the signature of Jack, or Jacob, Rushton, and his initialing is on the Bible stones as well.

“But a lot of mystery still surrounds them. We don't know why he carved these stones, and we are looking for more information. If anyone knows anything about the origin of the stones, or about the Rushton family, we would love to hear from them.”

Last summer Oliver appealed for help when he was presenting a documentary about the history of the Jewish community in Brynmawr. That film can be seen on 3VTV from March 1.

Oliver said: “3VTV is television for Blaenau Gwent, made in Blaenau Gwent. It’s great to have the opportunity to make films about the area I grew up in and where I still live. There are fascinating stories in the county borough which deserve to be told, and that’s what we’re aiming to do.”

3VTV is broadcast at and films are on-demand rather than scheduled, so viewers can watch them whenever they want.

The channel is run by a team from the University of Wales, Newport, and is part-funded by the Welsh Government.

As well as showing documentaries and other content about the communities of Blaenau Gwent, 3VTV is also making promotional films for local small businesses, which are then shown on the channel free.

Anyone with information about The Witches’ Graves can contact the film’s producer, Jonathan Dunn, on 01495 722973 or

Actor Oliver Wood is looking for help with his latest film for 3VTV

Actor Oliver Wood is looking for help with his latest film for 3VTV
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