Abersychan

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Coordinates: 51°43′26″N 3°03′31″W / 51.7239°N 3.0587°W / 51.7239; -3.0587

Abersychan is a settlement and community north of Pontypool in Torfaen, Wales, within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire. It has a population of 6,826.[1]

It lies in the narrow northern section of the Afon Llwyd valley. The town includes three schools, Abersychan Comprehensive School, Victoria Primary School and St. Francis' R.C. Primary School (although the latter is due to close, along with St. Alban's R.C. Primary School, to be replaced by the new Padre Pio R.C. Primary School in Pontypool) and various shops and other amenities.

Abersychan was the birthplace of the politicians; Roy Jenkins, Baron Hillhead, Don Touhig, and Rt. Hon. Paul Murphy, MP for Torfaen, and the rugby footballers; Wilfred Hodder, Candy Evans, and Bryn Meredith.

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History

Abersychan was a thriving industrial centre in the 19th century and early 20th century, particularly for iron production. The principal ironworks was built by the British Iron Company in 1825; it passed to the New British Iron Company in 1843 and to the Ebbw Vale Company in 1852 but closed in 1889.

On 6 February 1890, an underground explosion at Llanerch Colliery killed 176.[2]

Local government

Abersychan now constitutes a community and electoral division of the county borough of Torfaen. The area was anciently part of the parish of Trevethin, in Monmouthshire. On June 3, 1864 Abersychan was constituted a local government district, governed by a local board.[3] In 1894 Abersychan became an urban district and civil parish. The urban district was abolished in 1935, with most of its area passing to Pontypool urban district, and a small area going to Abercarn UD.

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