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Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen is located in Neath Port Talbot
Location within Neath Port Talbot
Population4,240 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSN705115
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSA18
Dialling code01269
PoliceSouth Wales
FireMid and West Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
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Neath Port Talbot
51°47′14″N 3°52′44″W / 51.787125°N 3.878898°W / 51.787125; -3.878898Coordinates: 51°47′14″N 3°52′44″W / 51.787125°N 3.878898°W / 51.787125; -3.878898

Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen (Welsh: Gwauncaegurwen) is a village and community in the borough of Neath Port Talbot, South West Wales. Historically a part of Glamorgan, Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen is a parish made up of the electoral wards of Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen and Lower Brynamman.


Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen is located five mile east of the nearest town of Ammanford and nearly twenty miles north of Swansea. Nearby villages include Cwmgors, Brynaman, Tairgwaith, Cwmllynfell, Glanaman and Garnant.


The name Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen is believed to be an alteration of what was originally gwaun cegerwen (i.e. "white hemlock heath" in Welsh, ceger being a dialect form of cegid).[2] In local usage, the name is often shortened to "Y Waun", meaning "the heath" in Welsh.


Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Gwauncaegurwen (Gwaun-cae-Gurwen Welsh Primary School) used to be on Heol y Dŵr (Water Street) which is where the Pwll y Wrach estate is based. It has since been moved to Heol Newydd (New Road), overlooking the village, and the former school transformed into a wood workshop.

Secondary-age children in the area have the choice of going to Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera in Ystalyfera (for full Welsh-medium education),[3] Ysgol Dyffryn Aman (for Welsh- and English-medium education),[4] or Cwmtawe Community School (for English-medium education).[5]

Welsh language[edit]

The Welsh language is very strong in Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, with the highest proportion of Welsh-speakers being among the young. The Welsh Language Board reported in 2009 that:

In areas such as Gwaun Cae Gurwen (67.9%) and Brynaman Isaf (68%) [...] Welsh is a natural community language spoken in the street, in cafés and amongst third sector organisations. Perhaps the most notable fact is that the highest percentage of Welsh speakers is amongst 10–19 year olds.[6]


As of 2017 the area was represented in the House of Commons by Christina Rees, and in the National Assembly for Wales by Jeremy Miles; they both represent the Neath constituency. Its South Wales West regional assembly members are Suzy Davies (Welsh Conservatives), Dai Lloyd and Bethan Jenkins (Plaid Cymru), and Caroline Jones (UKIP). It has a Community Council.

The electoral ward mentioned above has a population taken at the 2011 census of 2,910.[7]


Cwmgors RFC play their home games at Parc-y-werin, Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen. Their clubhouse is also situated at New Road, Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen.

Notable natives[edit]


At one time, almost all of the land of The Waun was owned by the Jones Family who also owned the "Pwll-y-Wrach Estate". It was run by the Head and later by their sons (and spouses). They still own parts of the land of the village but most has been sold off. Both farmhouses connected to the Estate are still standing. They are: Pwll-y-Wrach and Glangwrach. Pwll y Wrach is the main house where the head of the family lived.

It is no longer a farming estate but remains to own much of the land in the village. The name means the Witch's Pool in English, because of an old Welsh myth that the witches lived in it because of the greeny-blue colour and would sometimes come out to haunt the locals.


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  2. ^ Cwmgors a'r Waun local history website
  3. ^ Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera website
  4. ^ Ysgol Dyffryn Aman website
  5. ^ Ysgol Gymunedol Cwmtawe website
  6. ^ Bwrdd yr Iaith Gymraeg / Welsh Language Board Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 12 April 2015.

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