Cwmafan

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Cwmafan
View across Cwm Afan - geograph.org.uk - 1006130.jpg
View across the Afan Valley
Cwmafan is located in Neath Port Talbot
Cwmafan
Cwmafan
Cwmafan shown within Neath Port Talbot
Population 6,538 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SS774922
Community
  • Cwmafan
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PORT TALBOT
Postcode district SA12
Dialling code 01639
Police South Wales
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
UK
Wales
Neath Port Talbot
51°36′56″N 3°46′18″W / 51.615511°N 3.771745°W / 51.615511; -3.771745Coordinates: 51°36′56″N 3°46′18″W / 51.615511°N 3.771745°W / 51.615511; -3.771745

Cwmafan (Welsh: Cwmafan), sometimes known as Cwmavon in English, is a large village and community in the Afan valley in Wales, lying within Neath Port Talbot County Borough. It had a population of 5,603 in 2001,[2] increasing slightly to 5,615 at the 2011 Census. In many ways it is a suburb of the nearby town of Port Talbot which is less than 2 miles (3 km) to the south. The literal translation of Cwmafan from Welsh to English is "valley of raspberries', cwm meaning valley and afan (the name of the river that passes through the valley) meaning raspberries.

Geography[edit]

The village is surrounded by hills: the biggest is Foel Fynyddau, which stands 370 m (1200 ft) high and stands above the northern edge of the village. West of Foel Fynyddau is Mynydd-y-Gaer: at its summit the community boundaries of Cwmavon, Baglan and Briton Ferry all meet. The River Afan runs through the village from north-east to south-west; the village is on the right bank. The area of Ynysygwas lies immediately across the river, Brynbryddan adjoins Cwmafan to the west and Pwllyglaw adjoins Cwmafan to the north-east (ie up the valley). The B4286 road runs through the village along the valley, and the A4107 runs along the valley on the opposite bank.

History[edit]

The village has an industrial history, with metalworking being particularly significant. There were large copper, iron and tin works as well as many coal mines close by. The metal ores, from as far away as Chile, were off-loaded in Port Talbot or Swansea docks and brought by rail to Cwmafan.

In 1985 the Ynys-y-Gwas bridge suddenly collapsed, cutting off the water supply to the residents.[3] A resident of Maesteg, Paul Barry, escaped unharmed from the incident, despite being on the bridge when it collapsed.[4]

Culture[edit]

Sports teams[edit]

The village is also home to several sporting grounds, the most prominent of these being the Welfare Ground, home to Cwmavon RFC who are currently playing in the Welsh Rugby Union leagues. A second rugby union pitch along with a football pitch, tennis courts and bowling green are located at " Parc Siencyn Powell" (Formerly named Parc-y-Llyn), which is administered by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.

Residents of note[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Neath Port Talbot Retrieved 9 January 2010
  3. ^ BBC news report on recent bridge danger referring back to this event Accessed: 3.12.2012
  4. ^ Wales Today News reports Accessed: 3.12.2012
  5. ^ Profile of Chris Needs, BBC Radio Wales (2007-10-05). Accessed: 2008-06-08
  6. ^ "ESPN Scrum - Lyn Jones". Retrieved 21 November 2009. 

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