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Aberavon (Welsh: Aberafan) is a settlement in Neath Port Talbot county borough, Wales. The town derived its name from the river Avon, which also gave its name to a medieval lordship. Today it is essentially a district of Port Talbot, covering the central and south western part of the town. Aberavon is also the name of the nearby beach and the parish covering the same area.

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On the Norman conquest of Glamorgan, Caradog, the eldest son of the defeated prince, Iestyn ab Gwrgant, continued to hold this lordship, and for the defence of the passage of the river built a castle whose foundations now lie underneath the streets around St Mary's church. His descendants (who from the 13th century onwards styled themselves De Avan or D'Avene) established, under line protection of the castle, a chartered town, which in 1372 received a further charter from Edward Le Despenser, into whose family the lordship had come on an exchange of lands. In modern times these charters were not acted upon, the town being deemed a borough by prescription, but in 1861 it was incorporated under the Municipal Corporations Act.

Aberavon was the birthplace of Dic Penderyn, a key figure in the Merthyr Rising of 1831. St Mary's Church is the site of his grave.

From 1832 Aberavon belonged to the Swansea parliamentary district of boroughs, uniting with Kenfig, Loughor, Neath and Swansea to return one member; later it acquired its own MP, the most famous to hold the constituency Ramsay MacDonald.

In the 1950s many of the sand dunes of Aberavon Beach disappeared as part of the development of the Sandfields estate. The estate was built to accommodate the growing population, especially the families of workers at the new Port Talbot Steelworks.

Aberavon hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1932 and 1966.

[edit] Sport

Aberavon RFC are a rugby union team, and play in the Welsh Premier Division, which is the top tier of the Welsh rugby pyramid.

Afan Lido F.C. is a football team, playing in the Macron Welsh League Division One.

One of Aberavon's rugby league clubs is called the Aberavon Fighting Irish and play in the Welsh Conference Premier.

[edit] Baglan Industrial Park

The Baglan Industrial Park lies on a stretch of Baglan Moors in the parish of Aberavon south east of the Baglan Energy Park and immediately northwest of Neath Port Talbot Hospital. It is sandwiched between the M4 Motorway and Afan Way (A4241). Current occupants include Morrisons and Lidl superstores and a Warburtons bread factory in premises which were previously occupied by Panasonic.

[edit] Government and politics

Aberavon
Ordnance Survey
OS grid reference: Maps for SS752904
Geography
Total population 5,335 (2001 census)[1]
Administration
Local council: Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Number of councillors: 3
Nation: Wales
Post office and telephone
PostCode(s): SA12
Dialling code: +44-1639
Politics
Welsh Assembly: Aberavon
UK Parliament: Aberavon
European Parliament: Wales

The electoral ward of Aberavon is coterminous with district of Aberavon and is a part of the parliamentary constituency of Aberavon.

Aberavon is bounded by the wards of Sandfields West and Sandfields East to the southwest; Baglan to the north; Port Talbot to the east and Margam to the south. The ward boundaries can be defined by the roads surrounding it which are the M4 Motorway to the north east; the A4241 to the north west; Afan Way to the southwest and the River Afan to the south east.

The Aberavon ward can be roughly divided into two parts. There is the residential area to the southeastern part of the ward beside the River Afan. The north western area consists of areas of industrial estate land called the Baglan Industrial Park which includes a number of out of town retail premises as well as business and manufacturing premises.

In the 2008 local council elections, the electorate turnout for Aberavon was 39.17%. The results were:

Candidate Party Votes Status
Anthony Taylor Social Democratic Party 893 Social Democratic Party hold
Jeff Dinham Social Democratic Party 755 Social Democratic Party hold
John Sullivan Social Democratic Party 730 Social Democratic Party hold
Arthur Howells Labour 389
John Sparkes Labour 376
Barbara Trahar Labour 331

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