Llanwern

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Coordinates: 51°34′19″N 2°54′48″W / 51.57201°N 2.91331°W / 51.57201; -2.91331

Llanwern
Llanwern is located in Newport, Wales
Llanwern
Llanwern
 Llanwern shown within Newport
Population 3,027  (2001 census)
OS grid reference ST368863
Principal area Newport
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWPORT
Postcode district NP18 2
Postcode district NP26 3
Dialling code 01633
Maindee exchange
Llanwern exchange
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Church of St Mary, Llanwern

Llanwern is an electoral ward and community in the eastern urban-rural fringe of the City of Newport, South Wales. Llanwern ward is bounded by the M4 and Langstone to the north, Ringland, Liswerry and the River Usk to the west, the River Severn to the south and the city boundary to the east. The ward includes Bishton, Goldcliff, Whitson and Redwick, as well as the community of Llanwern (population 333),[1] which contains Llanwern village and the western half of the site of Llanwern steelworks. The area is governed by the Newport City Council.

Llanwern House[edit]

Llanwern House was the home of Lord Rhondda of Llanwern, David Alfred Thomas, who was Minister of Food during the First World War.

In 1887, a year before his election to Parliament, Thomas took the lease of the house, where he lived the life of a somewhat unconventional country squire, riding to hounds and breeding prize Hereford cattle. He bought the house in 1900 and acquired the neighbouring Pencoed estate shortly before his death, the purchase making Thomas the largest landowner in Monmouthshire after Lord Tredegar.

Despite his fortune Thomas was quite content to retain the mansion at Llanwern, a large square house on a hilltop overlooking the village. The house, dating to 1760, was old-fashioned in its appearance but that appearance concealed a delicate and beautiful interior reflecting Chinese influence.[2]

It was demolished in the 1950s, although the site, on a hill overlooking the parish church,[3] is still visible and the parkland intact. D. A. Thomas is buried in the graveyard of the tiny church.

Regeneration[edit]

Main article: Glan Llyn

A £115m renewal project called Glan Llyn, led by St. Modwen Properties PLC, is currently transforming the former steel-producing part of the Llanwern steelworks site. Started in 2004, the masterplan envisages 1.5m sq ft of employment-generating accommodation hosting 6,000 jobs, 4,000 new dwellings, community facilities and open space including 3 new lakes. Full completion is anticipated by 2026-8.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Office for National Statistics Parish Headcounts: Llanwern
  2. ^ Thomas Lloyd, Lost Houses of Wales (London, 1987) p.103
  3. ^ St Mary's Church, Llanwern:: OS grid ST3787 :: Geograph Britain and Ireland - photograph every grid square!

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