Thornhill, Torfaen

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Thornhill is a large council estate on the western side of Cwmbran, Torfaen in Wales. [1] It is adjacent to the suburbs of Greenmeadow and Upper Cwmbran.

Cwmbran new town in south east Wales

Cwmbran is a new town in Wales. Lying within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire, it forms part of the county borough of Torfaen. Cwmbran was established in 1948 to provide new employment opportunities in the south eastern portion of the South Wales Coalfield. Cwmbran means Crow Valley. Cwmbran is twinned with Bruchsal in Germany and Carbonne in France.

Torfaen county borough

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Wales Country in northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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The estate is large and sprawling, built in the mid-1980s as temporary housing during the redevelopment of Pillgwenlly (Pill Newport). The residents liked the houses and never left. It is built around the original Thornhill farm house, which is still situated in the middle of the estate. The farm originally farmed pigs, and the woodland now surrounding the main estate has remains of the old walls and pig sties. The estate is divided into small cul de sacs that are named after Welsh rivers or lakes. The main thoroughfare is Hafren Road (Hafren is Welsh for the River Severn).

Pillgwenlly community are an Newport, Wales

Pillgwenlly, usually known as Pill, is an electoral district (ward) and coterminous community parish in the city of Newport, South Wales. The area is governed by the Newport City Council.

River Severn River in the United Kingdom

The River Severn is the longest river in Great Britain at a length of 220 miles (354 km), and the second longest in the British Isles after the River Shannon in Ireland. It rises at an altitude of 2,001 feet (610 m) on Plynlimon, close to the Ceredigion/Powys border near Llanidloes, in the Cambrian Mountains of mid Wales. It then flows through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, with the county towns of Shrewsbury, Worcester and Gloucester on its banks. With an average discharge of 107 m3/s (3,800 cu ft/s) at Apperley, Gloucestershire, the Severn is by far the greatest river in terms of water flow in England and Wales.

At the centre of the estate is a small shopping precinct which is home to a convenience store, newsagent, fish and chip shop, chemist, and pub.

Thornhill is the most economically-improved area of Cwmbran and in the wider Torfaen area. [2]

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References

  1. "Uncovering history of a new town". BBC People and Places. BBC South East Wales. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  2. "The Thornhill Boyz". BBC Home. BBC Inside Out. Retrieved 25 May 2017.

Coordinates: 51°39′28″N3°03′02″W / 51.6578°N 3.0505°W / 51.6578; -3.0505

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