Blaenavon

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Blaenavon
Town centre of Blaenavon showing bank and book shop
Blaenavon
Blaenavon is in the north of the district of Torfaen, in south east Wales
Blaenavon is in the north of the district of Torfaen, in south east Wales
Blaenavon
Location within Torfaen
Area17.83 km2 (6.88 sq mi) [1]
Population6,055 (2011)[2]
• Density340/km2 (880/sq mi)
GSS codeW04000760
OS grid referenceSO 255 095
Community
  • Blaenavon
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPONTYPOOL
Postcode districtNP4
Dialling code01495
PoliceGwent
FireSouth Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
UK
Wales
Torfaen
51°46′25″N 3°04′58″W / 51.77363°N 3.08278°W / 51.77363; -3.08278Coordinates: 51°46′25″N 3°04′58″W / 51.77363°N 3.08278°W / 51.77363; -3.08278
Big Pit National Coal Museum
Blaenavon War Memorial and Workmen's Hall

Blaenavon (Welsh: Blaenafon) is a town in southeastern Wales. It is on the south of Afon Lwyd and north of Pontypool. Parts of the town and surrounding country form the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape became part of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. There are about 6,057 people living there.[3][4]

History[change | change source]

Blaenavon literally means "front of the river" or loosely translated as "river's source" in the Welsh language.

Government[change | change source]

Blaenavon is a community represented by Blaenavon Town Council, and electoral ward of Torfaen County Borough Council. Blaenavon is often

twinned with Coutras in France.[5]

Geography[change | change source]

The town is near the source of the Afon Lwyd river. It is in the north of Cwmbran.

Landmarks[change | change source]

Parts of the town and surrounding country form the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape were recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. Some of the attractions in the town include:

Education[change | change source]

After Samuel Hopkins death in 1815, his sister Sarah Hopkins of Rugeley, erected Blaenavon Endowed School in his memory.

Religious sites[change | change source]

St Peter's Church was constructed in 1804. It was gifted to the parish by Thomas Hill and Samuel Hopkins.

Sports[change | change source]

It had a Blaenavon Golf Club which was founded in 1906. The club closed in 1937.[7]

Notable people[change | change source]

Some of the most notable people from Blaenavon are:

References[change | change source]

  1. "2011 Census:Quick Statistics:Population Density for Blaenavon". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  2. "2011 Census:Key Statistics:Key Figures for Blaenavon". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  3. "Regeneration - Blaenavon World Heritage Site". www.visitblaenavon.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  4. "Blaenavon Wellbeing Infographics" (PDF). Cite has empty unknown parameter: |dead-url= (help)
  5. "Town Twinning". Torfaen County Borough Council. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  6. Blaenavon Ironworks
  7. “Blaenavon Golf Club”, “Golf’s Missing Links”.

Other websites[change | change source]