Cwmavon, Glamorgan

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Welsh: Cwmafan
View across Cwm Afan - - 1006130.jpg
View across the Afan Valley
Location: 51°36’56"N, 3°46’18"W
Population: 6,538  (2011[1])
Post town: Port Talbot
Postcode: SA12
Local Government
Council: Neath Port Talbot

Cwmavon is a large village in the Afan Valley in Glamorgan. It had a population of 5,615 at the 2011 Census. In many ways it is a suburb of the nearby town of Port Talbot which is less than two miles to the south, but it is separated from the town by the local geography. The literal translation of Cwmafan from the Welsh language is 'Valley of the River Afan'.


The village is surrounded by hills, the biggest being Foel Fynyddau which stands 1,200 ft high and lies on the northern edge of the village. West of Foel Fynyddau is Mynydd-y-Gaer. The River Afan runs through the village from north-east to south-west. The area of Ynysygwas lies to the east of the village, Brynbryddan to the West and Pwllyglaw to the North.


The village has an industrial history with metalworking being particularly significant. There were large copper, iron and tin works as well as many coal mines close by. The metal ores, from as far away as Chile, were off-loaded in Port Talbot or Swansea docks and brought by rail to Cwmavon.

One notable event in the history of the town was in 1985 when the Ynys-y-Gwas bridge suddenly collapsed, cutting off water supply to the residents.[2] A resident of Maesteg, Paul Barry, was fortunate enough to escape unharmed from the incident, despite being on the bridge when it collapsed.[3]


Sports teams

The village is also home to several sporting grounds, the most prominent of these being the Welfare Ground, home to Cwmavon RFC. A second rugby pitch along with a football pitch, tennis courts and bowling green are located at "Parc Siencyn Powell".

Residents of note

  • William Abraham, trade unionist and MP.
  • Chris Needs is a BBC Radio presenter who grew up in Cwmavon.[4]
  • Joseph John Richards, born between Cwmavon and Aberavon, became famous in the United States as a composer of march tunes and a bandleader.
  • George Thomas, Viscount Tonypandy, was living at 62 Gower Street, Cwmavon, age 3, in the 1911 census.
  • Lyn Jones, former Wales international rugby union player, later coach of the Ospreys.[5]
  • Rees Richards, a Wales international at rugby union and rugby league was born in Cwmavon.


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