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|Area||17.83 km2 (6.88 sq mi)|
|• Density||340/km2 (880/sq mi)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
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.
Blaenavon literally means "front of the river" or loosely translated as "river's source" in the Welsh language.
Blaenavon is a community represented by Blaenavon Town Council, and electoral ward of Torfaen County Borough Council. Blaenavon is often
- Big Pit National Coal Museum
- Blaenavon Ironworks
- Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway
- Blaenavon Male Voice Choir
- Blaenavon Town Band
After Samuel Hopkins death in 1815, his sister Sarah Hopkins of Rugeley, erected Blaenavon Endowed School in his memory.
St Peter's Church was constructed in 1804. It was gifted to the parish by Thomas Hill and Samuel Hopkins.
It had a Blaenavon Golf Club which was founded in 1906. The club closed in 1937.
Some of the most notable people from Blaenavon are:
- E. E. Clive - Broadway and film actor
- Dorothy Simpson - award-winning mystery writer
- Mark Taylor - international Rugby union player
- Ken Jones - international Rugby union player
- John Perkins - international Rugby union player
- Chris Huish - international Rugby union player
- Terry Cobner - international Rugby union player
- Nick Thomas-Symonds - elected MP for Torfaen (2015)
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