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South entrance to Aberfan
Grid reference: SO070002
Location: 51°41’36"N, 3°20’45"W
Post town: Merthyr Tydfil
Postcode: CF48
Dialling code: 01443
Local Government
Council: Merthyr Tydfil
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

Aberfan is a former coal-mining village in Glamorgan, four miles south of Merthyr Tydfil. The Taff Trail (locally known as the "Canal Bank" or just "the bank") runs through Aberfan from Troed-y-rhiw, to Treharris. The River Taff also flows through Aberfan.

On 21 October 1966, it became known for the Aberfan disaster, when a colliery spoil heap collapsed into homes and a school, killing 116 children and 28 adults.

There are now two schools, Ynysowen Primary School adjacent to the Grove Field and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Rhyd-Y-Grug which has moved to the previously occupied Ynysowen Primary School building.

The post office in the village is open six days a week.

Places in Aberfan

  • Aberfan & Merthyr Vale Community Centre - a community centre with a swimming pool, fitness room, weights room, cafe and a hall.[1]
  • Aberfan Cemetery and Aberfan Disaster Remembrance Area


Outside links

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