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Machen is a small village 4 miles east of Caerphilly, south Wales, situated in the Caerphilly borough and traditional county of Monmouthshire. It neighbours Bedwas and Trethomas, and forms a council ward in conjunction with those communities.

Mynydd Machen (Machen Mountain) provides a spectacular backdrop to the village. Now afforested, it was once possible to walk up to and along the top of the mountain, where a number of large boulders were present. These were explained in local folklore as follows.

Saint Peter was visiting Wales in order to watch over the Faithful. Taking offence at the sudden appearance of the Devil, he picked up a large number of boulders and placed them in his apron so as to carry them more easily. He then gave chase to the Devil, both chaser and chased (having the stature of giants) leaping from mountain-top to mountain-top. As the Devil alighted on Mynydd Machen he paused to catch his breath, whereupon Saint Peter began hurling the rocks at him, leaving a considerable amount of debris around his adversary in the process. The area of rocks is known to this day as "The Devil's Apron Strings"


 Libraries:
 Machen Library
       Village Hall & Social Centre
       Machen
       CF83 8ND
 01633 440330 
 Tue 10.00am-12.30pm 1.30pm-5.30pm 
       Thur 10.00am-12.30pm 1.30pm-7.00pm
       Sat 10.00am-12.30pm


 Rugby: Machen RFC


 Pubs/Bars:
 Forge Hammer Inn
       Machen
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 8QN
 01633 440314

 Fwrrmw Ishta
       68 Commercial Road
       Machen
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 8PG

 The Royal Oak Inn
       Royal Oak
       Machen
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 8SN
 01633 440394

 The Tradesmans Arms
       45 Chatham
       Machen
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 8SB
 01633 440739

 The White Hart
       Nant Y Ceisiad
       Machen
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 8QQ
 01633 441005


 Take Aways:
 Bengal Cottage
       2 Forge Road
       Machen
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 8PH
 01633 440011


 Other:
 Machen Working Mans Club
       18 Commercial Road
       Machen
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 8NA
 01633 440219

 United Services Club
       Forge Road
       Machen
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 8PH
 01633 441046



 

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