Bridge over the River Usk
Aberbrân shown within Powys
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Aberbrân is a small settlement in Powys, Wales. It lies beside the River Usk and is 7 kilometres (4 mi) west of the town of Brecon and is 35 miles (56 km) from Cardiff and 147 miles (236 km) from London.
Aberbrân translates from the Welsh language to English as: mouth of the river (aber) crow (brân).
Two rivers run through Aberbrân, it is where the Bran comes to an end and meets the Usk.
For such a small settlement, Aberbrân’s economy in the past has boasted of having a railway station and a flour mill, both were closed in the 1950s. The railway station was shut down when the Western Region of British Railways closed the Neath and Brecon railway line due to a lack of passenger usage. The flour mills closure was a bit more dramatic; after the miller got caught up in the machinery and was accidentally killed. The mill has now been converted into a house.
One of the farms, Aberbrân Fawr also has a successful fruit PYO business, which is well known in the Brecon area. There is also a third caravan park that is owned by the Caravan Club, which is located where the old train station was. The site opened in 1967 and has celebrated its 40th anniversary of being in business.
The settlement is a well known in the area for its Roman bridge over the River Usk which is a recognised starting point for canoeists and fishermen. There are also two other bridges that go over the River Bran.
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