Waunarlwydd

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Coordinates: 51°38′24″N 4°01′14″W / 51.6401°N 4.0205°W / 51.6401; -4.0205

Waunarlwydd
Waunarlwydd is located in Swansea
Waunarlwydd
Waunarlwydd
 Waunarlwydd shown within Swansea
Principal area Swansea
Ceremonial county West Glamorgan
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SWANSEA
Postcode district SA5
Dialling code 01792
Police South Wales
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Swansea West
Welsh Assembly Swansea West
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Waunarlwydd (English: The Lord's Meadow – arlwydd is a local variant of arglwydd) is a village in Swansea, Wales, falling within the Cockett ward.

A mostly residential area, despite its expanding size the village has the feeling of a small community.

Transport[edit]

Buses are provided by First Cymru: these are the 15 or 17 Swansea - Gowerton and 400 or 404 Swansea - Llanelli.

The main road in and out of the village is the B4295. The nearest motorway junction is 47 Swansea West (Penllergaer) on the M4.

The original main road from Swansea was Waunarlwydd Road, which starts from Cockett Road (A4216) at the Cockett Inn pub and runs to the meeting point of Cwmbach Road and Swansea Road at the old Lamb & Flag pub.

Although the West Wales Line runs through the village, there is no actual train station: the nearest is Gowerton.

Economy[edit]

Waunarlwydd was the home of an aluminium rolling operation owned by US company Alcoa. Alcoa announced in November 2006 that it would close the plant by the end of March 2007, with the loss of 298 jobs. Decommissioning works are now taking place, while a small workforce is still employed in homogenisation[clarification needed], where heat treatment takes place for the Kitts Green plant.[1]

TIMET, the world's largest supplier of titanium metals, is now the major employer in the village, with the mill one of four European locations.

There are 3 nursing homes: Ashgrove House,Tŷ Waunarlwydd and Tŷ Victoria.

There is now only one pub in the village, the Masons Arms, plus the club house for the rugby team on Roseland Road. There were previously two more pubs, the Village Inn (previously called the Domino), but that has now closed and was converted into the Grill House restaurant, and the Farmers Arms, which has been closed.

Schools[edit]

There are two primary schools in the village: one is English language medium, this school is located on Brithwen Road and replaced the original Swansea Road school. The other, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Y Login Fach, is a bilingual (Welsh and English) school located on Roseland Road.

Older children mainly attend Gowerton Comprehensive School in the neighbouring village.

Religion[edit]

The church in the village is St Barnabas (Church of England) Map on Victoria Road.

There are also 3 chapels, Zion (Welsh Baptist) Map and Sardis (Welsh Congregational) Map on Swansea Road, with Bethany (English Baptist) Map on Bryn Road.

Respective biblical references:

Sport[edit]

  • Rugby: Waunarlwydd RFC currently play in WRU Division One West and have 3 pitches
  • Football: Waunarlwydd AFC compete in Swansea Senior League in the Welsh football league system with 1 pitch (a second was recently converted to a rugby pitch)
  • Cricket: Waunarlwydd RFC have a team who play their home games at the Elba in Gowerton
  • Pool: there are tables in the Masons Arms and rugby club
  • Darts: is played in each pub and the rugby club
  • Other: various indoor sports, classes and bingo are held in the Community Centre located on Victoria Road

References[edit]

  1. ^ 298 jobs to go as factory shuts BBC News - 21 November 2006

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