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Llanwern is located in Newport
Location within Newport
Population2,961 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceST368863
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWPORT
Postcode districtNP18
Dialling code01633
FireSouth Wales
UK Parliament
List of places
51°34′19″N 2°54′48″W / 51.57201°N 2.91331°W / 51.57201; -2.91331Coordinates: 51°34′19″N 2°54′48″W / 51.57201°N 2.91331°W / 51.57201; -2.91331
The parish church of St Mary

Llanwern is an electoral ward and community in the eastern part of the City of Newport, South East Wales. Llanwern ward is bounded by the M4 and Langstone to the north, Ringland, Lliswerry and the River Usk to the west, the River Severn to the south and the city boundary to the east. The ward includes Bishton, Goldcliff, Whitson and Redwick, as well as the community of Llanwern (population 333),[2] which contains Llanwern village and the western half of the site of Llanwern steelworks. The area is governed by the Newport City Council. The community population dropped to 289 in 2011.[3] The community also includes the area of Glan Llyn.

Llanwern House[edit]

Llanwern House was the home of Lord Rhondda of Llanwern, David Alfred Thomas, who was Minister of Food during the First World War.

In 1887, a year before his election to Parliament, Thomas took the lease of the house, where he lived the life of a somewhat unconventional country squire, riding to hounds and breeding prize Hereford cattle. He bought the house in 1900 and acquired the neighbouring Pencoed estate shortly before his death, the purchase making Thomas the largest landowner in Monmouthshire after Lord Tredegar.

Despite his fortune Thomas was quite content to retain the mansion at Llanwern, a large square house on a hilltop overlooking the village. The house, dating to 1760, was old-fashioned in its appearance but that appearance concealed a delicate and beautiful interior reflecting Chinese influence.[4]

It was demolished in the 1950s, although the site, on a hill overlooking the parish church,[5] is still visible and the parkland intact. Thomas is buried in the graveyard of the tiny church.


A £115m renewal project called Glan Llyn, led by St. Modwen Properties PLC, is currently transforming the former steel-producing part of the Llanwern steelworks site. Started in 2004, the masterplan envisages 1.5m sq ft (34 acres) of employment-generating accommodation hosting 6,000 jobs, 4,000 new dwellings, community facilities and open space including three new lakes. Full completion is anticipated by 2026–2028.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Newport ward 2011". Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics Parish Headcounts: Llanwern
  3. ^ https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/localarea?compare=W04000821
  4. ^ Lloyd, T. (1989), The Lost Houses of Wales: A Survey if Country Houses in Wales Demolished since c.1900, London: SAVE Britain's Heritage, ISBN 9780905978277, p.103
  5. ^ St Mary's Church, Llanwern:: OS grid ST3787 :: Geograph Britain and Ireland - photograph every grid square!

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