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Abersychan and Garndiffaith Local History Group

Our Area

The Eastern Valley of South Wales

The electoral ward of Abersychan is known as the North Ward of Torfaen County Borough Council. There are approximately 3,000 households in the ward making up a population of around 7,400 people.

Torfaen Borough is based mainly on the Eastern Valley, which, as its name implies, is the most easterly valley of the South Wales Coalfield. The main towns of Torfaen are Blaenavon, the most northernmost; then, in order going down the valley, are Abersychan, Pontnewynydd, Pontypool, and Cwmbran, which is the most southerly. Torfaen covers some 98 sq km and has a population of almost 91,000.

Abersychan and Garndiffaith Area

Abersychan and Garndiffaith are the two main areas in the Abersychan Ward, which also includes Talywain, Pentwyn, Varteg, Victoria Village, and Cwmavon.

The Afon Llwyd (Grey River) runs down the valley to join the River Usk at Caerleon and marks the boundary of the coal-field. There is no coal to the east of the river until the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. In the Abersychan ward, the ironworks and coal mines were all situated on the west side of the valley. Iron and coal was transported along the valley floor, mainly to Newport, originally by pack horse, then canal, and, finally, by rail.

Previous Boundary Names

Abersychan and Garndiffaith was, for many centuries, part of the county of Monmouthshire and part of the Trevethin diocese. The local government re-organisation meant a change of county name from Monmouthshire to Gwent in 1973 and in 1996 yet another re-organisation caused the county councils to change to county borough councils, and the Abersychan and Garndiffaith area is now part of the Torfaen County Borough Council area.


Last Modified on: 05-12-2018

Forthcoming Events

Exhibition: Out in 1914 - Home at Last

Date:
01/08/2019 - 17/11/2019
Description:
The story of the 2nd Monmouthshire Battalion who departed for the First World War in 1914 and did not return from France until 1919

Family of Miners Exhibition

Date:
22/08/2019 - 30/12/2019
Description:
A photographic exhibition by Walter Waygood documenting mining and miners of Blaenafon from the 1970s onwards.

Happy Hands Club at Pontypool Active Living Centre

Date:
21/10/2019
Description:
Happy Hands classes are suitable for parents or carers to bring babies and children from newborn to 4 years of age. We have lots of fun singing, dancing, with sensory play such as bubbles and parachutes and lots more.

LittleHitters - Tots Tennis at PALC

Date:
21/10/2019
Description:
Our aim at Littlehitters is to develop a love for the game and encourage a fun, friendly environment for children to learn and gain in confidence.
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