Blaenavon, a town and an ecclesiastical parish in Monmouthshire. The town stands on the Avon-Llwyd river, on the Newport, Pontypool, and Blaenavon branch of the G.W.R., and has also a station on the Blaenavon branch of the L. & N.W.R., 6 miles NNW of Pontypool. It has a post office (R.S.O.) The Blaenavon Company, who own most of the land, have very extensive iron, steel, and coal works here, and also brick factories. There are two breweries and a gas and water company. The town is governed by a local board. There is a town-hall, erected in 1869, and an hospital for accidents, erected and supported by the Blaenavon Company. A new club, public hall, and other offices, used as a workmen's institute, was erected in 1893. Markets are held on Saturdays, and fairs on 16 April and 17 September. The ecclesiastical parish of Blaenavon-cum-Capel Newydd, constituted in 1860, includes the village and comprises parts of the parishes of Llanover, Llanfoist, Llanwenarth, and Trevethin. Population of the ecclesiastical parish, 11,377. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Llandaff, and since 1864 has included Capel Newydd; gross value, £300 with residence. The church was built in 1804, and restored in 1883. There are Roman Catholic, Baptist, Congregational, Wesleyan, Primitive and Calvinistic Methodist, and Bible Christian chapels. The urban sanitary district of Blaenavon comprises parts of Llanfoist, Llanover, Llanwenarth, Aberystruth, and Trevethin, with Pontypool, the area being 4606 acres; population, 11,452.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Registration district||Abergavenny||1894 - 1959|
|Registration district||Pontypool||1959 - 1974|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Blaenavon from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Blaenavon)
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- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
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