Crosskeys is a village, community and an electoral ward in Caerphilly county borough in Wales.LocationCrosskeys is seven miles north west of Newport, just past Risca off the A467 road. Located near to the confluence of the Ebbw River and the Sirhowy River, it was originally called Pont-y-cymer. The name 'Crosskeys' is taken from the name of the local hotel, although there is some variation in spelling with the train station and Ordinance survey maps using Crosskeys but the local rugby club and other local organisations using Cross Keys.HistoryCrosskeys is a South Wales Valleys community, within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire, once part of the coal mining community of the South Wales coalfield and originally developed as part of Risca from the 1830s to serve the local mines - first the Black Vein and later the New Risca pits, both of which had large explosions during the later part of the 19 century.The original Crosskeys station had two platforms and a set of steps in-between them as the one was considerably higher than the other. This was due to the one line running to Ebbw Vale and the other to Blackwood and Oakdale.
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