Gowerton

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Gowerton
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Gowerton is located in Swansea
Gowerton
Gowerton
Gowerton shown within Swansea
Population8,183 [1]
OS grid referenceSS595965
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSWANSEA
Postcode districtSA4
Dialling code01792
PoliceSouth Wales
FireMid and West Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
UK
Wales
Swansea
51°38′53″N 4°02′35″W / 51.648°N 4.043°W / 51.648; -4.043Coordinates: 51°38′53″N 4°02′35″W / 51.648°N 4.043°W / 51.648; -4.043

Gowerton (Welsh: Tregŵyr) is a large village and community, about 4 miles north west of Swansea city centre, Wales. Gowerton is often known as the gateway to the Gower Peninsula. Gowerton's original name was Ffosfelin. The village falls within the Gowerton electoral ward of the City and County of Swansea Council, which elects one councillor.

The 1980, the Welsh National Eisteddfod (named after Dyffryn Lliw, see below) was held at the Elba sports complex in the village. The Eisteddfod stone (Gorsedd stones) is located on the roundabout (grid ref. 585966) on the B4295 road to Penclawdd.

Geography[edit]

Nearby villages/towns are Penclawdd (west), Three Crosses and Dunvant (south), Waunarlwydd (east, contiguous with Gowerton), Gorseinon (north) and Loughor (north-west).

From 1974-1966, Gowerton was part of the district of Lliw Valley (Dyffryn Lliw) within West Glamorgan.

People from Gowerton are often referred to as "starch". When the local area processed steel for export, the steel owners and white collar workers lived in the Gowerton area; hence the name "starch". On the other hand, many of the manual workers resided in neighbouring Penclawdd and are known by the affectionate term "donks".[citation needed]

Gowerton is twinned with La Gacilly in Brittany, France.

Politics[edit]

Gowerton elects a community council of thirteen members in two wards: East and West.

Education[edit]

Gowerton has three schools: Gowerton Primary school, Gowerton Comprehensive School and Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr (Welsh medium comprehensive school).

Religion[edit]

Gowerton once had five church or chapel buildings: St John's Church (built 1882), Tabernacl, Temple United Reformed Church, Bethel and Bethania. However, only two, St John's Church and Temple URC, still remain. The Bethel and Tabernacl buildings lie ruined and Bethania has been demolished.

Transport[edit]

Bus services are provided by First Cymru and NAT.[2] These depart Gowerton from Hill Street or Sterry Road.

First Cymru provide a half-hourly service (no. 16) through the village to Swansea and Gorseinon.[3]

Gowerton railway station is on the West Wales Line, between Swansea and Llanelli. Gowerton once had two railway stations, but today only one remains. This was made single-track in 1986. Work began in November 2012 to restore the double track to Gowerton by mid-2013, this has now been completed.[4]

Sport[edit]

The local rugby club is Gowerton RFC.

Gowerton's Elba Sports Complex is home to Swansea Senior League Second Division, Gowerton FC.

Gowerton has a golf range and a nine-hole, par 3 golf course.

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