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Glynneath Town Hall
Glynneath is located in Neath Port Talbot
Location within Neath Port Talbot
Population4,278 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSN885067
  • Glynneath
Principal area
Preserved county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEATH
Postcode districtSA11
Dialling code01639
PoliceSouth Wales
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
Neath Port Talbot
51°44′49″N 3°37′01″W / 51.747°N 3.617°W / 51.747; -3.617

Glynneath (Welsh: Glyn-nedd "valley of the River Neath"[2]), also spelt Glyn-neath and Glyn Neath, is a small town, community and electoral ward lying on the River Neath in the county borough of Neath Port Talbot, Wales. It was formerly in the historic county of Glamorgan. Glynneath ward covers only part of the community, with some 840 electors included in the neighbouring ward of Blaengwrach.

Industrialisation reached Glynneath when coal mining started in 1793, and rapidly expanded when the Neath Canal came to the village in 1775. Many features of the old canal still survive to the present time.[3]

There are waterfalls to the north east at Pontneddfechan near the Brecon Beacons and large parts of the rural area are heavily forested.

Notable buildings and structures[edit]

The ruins of the Grade II listed Aberpergwm House
Godfrey Avenue in Glynneath

Glynneath is home to the ruins of Aberpergwm House. Once owned by Rhys ap Siancyn, Aberpergwm House became the home of the Williams family, Welsh gentry with a strong tradition of using the Welsh language over English. Their descendants include the last of the Welsh household bards Dafydd Nicolas and folksong collector Maria Jane Williams. The Williams' family motto y ddioddefws y orfu (He who suffers, triumphs) was adopted by Glamorgan County Council. The mansion itself was remodelled in 1876 but is now derelict and little of note remains of the building.

St. Cadoc's Church, in the grounds of Aberpergwm House, was built as a chapel in the 17th century, rebuilt in 1808-1809 for the Aberpergwm Williams family and extended in 1836–41. It is a Grade II* listed building.[4]

Rheola House, a Regency house designed c.1812 by the eminent architect John Nash, is also Grade II* listed.[5]

Glynneath Town Hall is a regularly used civic building situated at Heathfield Avenue. It is owned and managed by Glynneath Town Council.

The Grade II* listed Bethania Community Centre on the High Street is an example of an early Calvinistic Methodist chapel with well detailed external frontage in contrasting stone and iron work railings. The interior has good examples of very finely detailed woodwork.

A bronze statue of the singer Max Boyce, who was born in the town, was erected in the High Street, in September 2023, in recognition of Boyce's 80th birthday.[6]

Sports and leisure[edit]

Glynneath used to host one of motor sport's most important challenges, the British round of the World Rally Championship (formerly known as the Lombard RAC rally or Rally GB). Some of the biggest names in motor sport have taken part and have failed to complete the British round.

Glynneath also has an association with downhill mountain biking with the Welsh National Championships being held at Rheola.

Glynneath is home to Glynneath RFC, a rugby union club founded in 1889.

Glynneath also boasts an active group of football clubs and a well attended tennis club. Until recently, Glynneath Bowls Club, in particular the Ladies' Bowls Club was an active group.

Glynneath Leisure Centre, maintained through Celtic Leisure is situated just off of Chain Road.

Notable residents[edit]

Twin Town[edit]

Glynneath is twinned with:

The town twinning supports football matches between the two towns, and a visit by Glynneath Male Voice Choir.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru".
  3. ^ The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) pp322 ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6
  4. ^ "Church of Saint Cadoc, Glynneath". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Rheola House, Glynneath". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Max Boyce statue unveiled in his hometown Glynneath". BBC News. 30 September 2023. Retrieved 21 February 2024.
  7. ^ Porter, Nicola (2 January 2002). "Interview - January Rees: I scare men & they love it; Funnygirl January Rees tells why she quit rugby to make it as a rude stand-up". Daily Mirror. London. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  8. ^ Haines, Chris (25 December 2008). "January Rees comes to Rhondda". Wales Online. Retrieved 23 July 2018.