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Grid reference: SN705115
Location: 51°47’14"N, 3°52’44"W
Population: 4,240  (2011[1])
Post town: Ammanford
Postcode: SA18
Dialling code: 01269
Local Government
Council: Neath Port Talbot

Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen is a village in north-west Glamorgan hard against the border with Carmarthenshire. The village is located five miles east of the nearest town of Ammanford in that county 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 the Welsh language, ceger being a dialect form of cegid).[2] In local usage, the name is often shortened to "Y Waun", meaning "the heath" in Welsh.


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


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 myth that the witches lived in it because of the greeny-blue colour and would sometimes come out to haunt the locals.

Notable natives

  • Sir Gareth Edwards, former Wales and British Lions rugby player; a street, Maes Gareth Edwards, is named after him
  • Dame Siân Phillips, actress
  • Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Llandaff
  • Lizzie Woods, National Organiser, Labour Representation Committee and leader of the dispute to award cleaners working in royal palaces the London Living Wage


  1. "Community population 2011". Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  2. Cwmgors a'r Waun local history website

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