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Blaenavon
Welsh: Blaenafon
Town centre of Blaenavon showing bank and book shop
Blaenavon
Area  17.83 km2 (6.88 sq mi) [1]
Population 6,055 (2011)[2]
    - Density  340/km2 (880/sq mi)
GSS code W04000760
OS grid reference SO 255 095
Community Blaenavon
Principal area Torfaen
Ceremonial county Gwent
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PONTYPOOL
Postcode district NP4
Dialling code 01495
Police Gwent
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Torfaen
Welsh Assembly Torfaen
List of places
UK
Wales
Torfaen
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

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

Government

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

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

Landmarks

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

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

Religious sites

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

Sports

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

Notable people

Some of the most notable people from Blaenavon are:

References

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