Tawe-Uchaf

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Location of Tawe-Uchaf community within Powys

Tawe-Uchaf is a community in Powys, Wales. Situated north-east of Ystradgynlais in the upper valley of the Afon Tawe (hence the name), it includes the villages of Caehopkin, Coelbren, Glyntawe, Pen-y-cae, and Ynyswen. It had a population in 2001 of 1,516, increasing at the 2011 Census to 1,562.[1]

There are many caves in the area, the most famous of them being Dan-yr-Ogof, one of the largest cave systems in western Europe and a popular attraction for visitors.

A part of Tawe-Uchaf lies within Fforest Fawr Geopark and the Brecon Beacons National Park.

A complex of Bronze Age monuments known as Cerrig Duon (the "black rocks") – consisting of a stone circle, avenue, and three-stone row – and Maen Mawr (the "great stone") can be seen near the source of the Tawe at the northern end of the community area.[2]

Tawe-Uchaf is also home to Craig-y-Nos Castle, a country house built in 1841 and subsequently purchased and much extended by the renowned operatic singer Adelina Patti.

Opencast coal mining is an important activity in the area.

Governance[edit]

The Tawe Uchaf Community Council has thirteen community councillors representing three community wards: Ynyswen Penycae, Caehopkin and Coelbren. The council represents the community on planning issues and other matters.[3]

An electoral ward in the same name exists, sending a county councillor to sit on Powys County Council. This ward includes Ystradfellte and at the 2011 Census had a population of 2,118.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  2. ^ Megalithic Walks website Archived 2012-01-05 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Community Council". Tawe Uchaf Community Council. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 15 November 2015.

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Coordinates: 51°48′36″N 3°39′14″W / 51.810°N 3.654°W / 51.810; -3.654