Griffithstown

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Griffithstown
Griffithstown is located in Torfaen
Griffithstown
Griffithstown
 Griffithstown shown within Torfaen
Population c. 5,450
OS grid reference ST290990
Principal area Torfaen
Ceremonial county Gwent
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PONTYPOOL
Postcode district NP4
Dialling code 01495
Police Gwent
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Torfaen
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Wales
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Coordinates: 51°41′07″N 3°01′42″W / 51.68525°N 3.02842°W / 51.68525; -3.02842

Griffithstown is a large community of Pontypool in the borough of Torfaen, Wales, within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire. It is an ecclesiastical parish, formed in May, 1898, from Llanfrechfa Upper and Panteg, and includes Sebastopol, but, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894, became a separate civil parish. It situated between two other Pontypool suburbs - Pontymoile to the north and Sebastopol to the south and is within walking distance of Pontypool and Cwmbran and a short commute from Newport and Cardiff. It is named after the first station master of Pontypool and New Inn railway station (then known as Pontypool Road), Henry Griffiths. Griffiths founded a 'terminating' Building Society to finance the construction of houses in the village so that his workforce could become freehold owner-occupiers, rather than constructing rental or leasehold housing as was the more usual practice in industrial South Wales and Monmouthshire. He lived in the substantial St. Dunstan's house (now demolished) on what is now Commercial Street and his memorial is in St Hilda's Church. Today the site is occupied by a nursing home and a modern house of the same name.

The village[edit]

Windsor Road - the main shopping area of the village

This area contains mostly Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses [1] and is located below Sunnybank Road on the east side of the town. The area includes the shopping precinct of Windsor Road; Griffithstown Primary School and the Welsh-medium Ysgol Panteg (the town's secondary school needs are met by nearby West Monmouth School in Pontypool); St Hilda's Church (Anglican) where a tablet commemorates Henry Griffiths as church Warden, Griffithstown Baptist Church; Griffithstown Congregational Chapel as well as numerous pubs and the GWRSA. County Hospital is also located here, as is Panteg Medical Centre.

A terraced street in the village

Western Griffithstown[edit]

This area above Sunnybank Road has some fine Victorian era and Edwardian era buildings but is mostly made up of 1960s and 1970s estate housing. The area is considered to be highly desirable and affluent with property prices here being some of the highest in the Torfaen borough. Like most anonymous estate sprawls, there is little infrastructure in this part of Griffithstown and residents here must walk to the village for use of shops, churches and schools.

Parkland and countryside[edit]

The town has two principal parks and one parkland estate known as Panteg House (home of Panteg Cricket Club, Panteg Football Club, Panteg House Bowls Club and Pontypool Boules team). Griffithstown Park near Sunnybank Road contains an adventure playground and basketball courts, but is mostly grass. Panteg Park on Cwrdy Road (known as "The Fish Pond Park" due to its water feature) is smaller with elaborate flower gardens, bowling green, tennis courts and golf putting greens. Panteg House is home to a cricket pitch and football pitch. It also has a bowling green.

Griffithstown Park has recently undergone great investement and development, with the introduction of a new enclosed basketball court and a five a side pitch.

The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal runs through Griffithstown on its way to Newport via Cwmbran.

National Cycle Route 46 runs along the disused trackbed of the Newport and Pontypool Railway. Panteg and Griffithstown railway station was closed to passengers in 1962 and the line was closed in 1980. Remains of the station and goods shed are still present. From 2002 to 2011 the goods shed was home to Griffithstown Railway Museum.

Expansion[edit]

Griffithstown has experienced housing development in recent years. The town, formerly holding a village-esque air, is now much larger than in previous generations. Large housing estates such as Museum Court, Open Hearth Close, Churchwood estate and the currently under-construction Parc Panteg. The majority of are on the brown field site that was formerly the Panteg Steel Works on the South East extreme of Griffithstown. The demise of the steel works resulted in heavy job losses, although this hit the poorer surrounding communities more than Griffithstown itself as the residents of Griffithstown typically commute to work in larger towns such as Cwmbran or Newport.

Nearby areas[edit]

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