Felindre

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Felindre
Felindre Watermill, north of Swansea.JPG
Felindre watermill
Felindre is located in Swansea
Felindre
Felindre
Location within Swansea
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Post townSWANSEA
Postcode districtSA5
Dialling code01792
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51°42′11″N 3°58′37″W / 51.703°N 3.977°W / 51.703; -3.977Coordinates: 51°42′11″N 3°58′37″W / 51.703°N 3.977°W / 51.703; -3.977

Felindre (English: Velindre) is a rural village in south Wales. Felindre is located in the far north of Swansea, in the electoral ward of Mawr.

The nearby Lower Lliw Reservoirs are a popular venue for walking and fishing. The water mill in the village was working until the late 1960s, there was also an abbatoir and a post office in the village. It has three shops. The school in the village is Welsh speaking. There is also a public house in the village, the Shepherds Inn.[1]

Felindre works site[edit]

In 1956, the Steel Company of Wales opened a tinplate works at Felindre to complement new facilities at Port Talbot and Trostre. In 1967, the Steel Company of Wales was nationalised, becoming part of British Steel Corporation, which inherited the additional tinplate works at Ebbw Vale Steelworks. By 1970, Felindre works employed 2,500 people and was producing 490,000 tonnes of tinplate per annum. Having already closed the tinplate works at Port Talbot, on review of the three remaining tinplate plants within its South Wales division, in December 1980 it was decided to close the site at Felindre. In March 1981, 1,300 people were made redundant, though 138 were found jobs at Trostre, leaving 768 on site. Production was run down until 1989, when another 108 were given jobs at Trostre.[2] The grounds of the former steelworks played host to the National Eisteddfod 2006.

The site has been used of late for World Rally Championship to service the rally cars whilst they compete in the Welsh Rally, a round of the (WRC) World Rally Championship. For 2007 the site moved to the Swansea SA1 area.

Plans[edit]

The works site, which is situated next to the M4 Motorway just of Junction 46, is now a regeneration site with 200 acres (0.81 km2) of land being redeveloped by the Welsh Assembly Government and the City and County of Swansea council.[3]

In September 2012, the Welsh Government initiated a feasibility study with a view to developing a new urban village on a 100 hectare site adjacent to the old Felindre works site.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2008-03-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ The Welsh Academy Encyclopedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press 2008
  3. ^ Felindre Archived 2008-12-04 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ BBC News - Urban village plans explained

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