Waunarlwydd

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Waunarlwydd
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Country Wales
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Post town SWANSEA
Postcode district SA5
Dialling code 01792
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51°38′24″N4°01′14″W / 51.6401°N 4.0205°W / 51.6401; -4.0205 Coordinates: 51°38′24″N4°01′14″W / 51.6401°N 4.0205°W / 51.6401; -4.0205

Waunarlwydd (English: The Lord's Meadowarlwydd is a local variant of arglwydd) is a village in Swansea, Wales, falling within the Cockett ward.

Swansea City & County in Wales

Swansea, is a coastal city and county, officially known as the City and County of Swansea in Wales. Swansea lies within the historic county boundaries of Glamorgan and the ancient Welsh commote of Gŵyr on the southwest coast. The county area includes Swansea Bay and the Gower Peninsula. Swansea is the second largest city in Wales and the twenty-fifth largest city in the United Kingdom. According to its local council, the City and County of Swansea had a population of 241,300 in 2014. The last official census stated that the city, metropolitan and urban areas combined concluded to be a total of 462,000 in 2011; the second most populous local authority area in Wales after Cardiff.

Cockett (electoral ward) human settlement in United Kingdom

Cockett is the name of an electoral ward in the City and County of Swansea, Wales, UK. The ward is coterminous with the Cockett community. It elects four councillors.

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A mostly residential area, despite its expanding size the village has the feeling of a small community

Transport

Buses are provided by First Cymru: these are the 15 or 17 Swansea - Gowerton and 400 or 404 Swansea - Llanelli.

First Cymru local bus operator in Swansea and South Wales

First Cymru is an operator of bus services in South West Wales. It is a subsidiary of FirstGroup with its headquarters in Swansea.

Gowerton village in Wales

Gowerton is a large village and community, about 4 miles north west of Swansea city centre, Wales. Gowerton is often known as the gateway to the Gower Peninsula. Gowerton's original name was Ffosfelin. The village falls within the Gowerton electoral ward of the City and County of Swansea Council, which elects one councillor.

Llanelli town in Wales

Llanelli is the largest town in both the county of Carmarthenshire and the preserved county of Dyfed, Wales. Located on the Loughor estuary, approximately 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Swansea and 12 miles (19 km) southeast of the county town, Carmarthen, Llanelli is famous for its proud rugby tradition and for being a centre of tinplate production.

The main road in and out of the village is the B4295. The nearest motorway junction is 47 Swansea West (Penllergaer) on the M4.

The original main road from Swansea was Waunarlwydd Road, which starts from Cockett Road (A4216) at the Cockett Inn pub and runs to the meeting point of Cwmbach Road and Swansea Road at the old Lamb & Flag pub.

Although the West Wales Line runs through the village, there is no actual train station: the nearest is Gowerton.

Gowerton railway station

Gowerton railway station serves the village of Gowerton, Wales. It is located at street level at the end of Station Road in Gowerton 5 12 miles (8.9 km) west of Swansea. The station is unmanned but has a ticket machine, shelters on each platform and live train running information displays. Gowerton is served approximately every hour by Transport for Wales services heading westbound towards Llanelli, where they continue to either West Wales or to Shrewsbury via the Heart of Wales line; and eastbound towards Swansea, with many continuing further east to Cardiff Central, Hereford and Manchester Piccadilly. The station was originally a request stop, but on 9 September 2013, it was no longer listed as one.

Economy

Waunarlwydd was the home of an aluminium rolling operation owned by US company Alcoa. Alcoa announced in November 2006 that it would close the plant by the end of March 2007, with the loss of 298 jobs. Decommissioning works are now taking place, while a small workforce is still employed in homogenisation[ clarification needed ], where heat treatment takes place for the Kitts Green plant. [1]

Alcoa producer of aluminum

Alcoa Corporation is an American industrial corporation. It is the world's eighth largest producer of aluminum, with corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Alcoa conducts operations in 10 countries. Alcoa is a major producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina combined, through its active and growing participation in all major aspects of the industry: technology, mining, refining, smelting, fabricating, and recycling.

Kitts Green is an area of Birmingham, England, approximately 5 miles east of the city centre and on the borders of Lea Village, Lea Hall, and Garrets Green. Kitts Green starts on the Kitts Green Road at the junction of Yokleton Road and heads down as far as the junction with Giles Road and Mackadown Lane, spanning along from the Meadway and through to Tile Cross. Kitts Green is not to be confused with Lea Village which runs down from the railway bridge at Lea Hall along the Lea Village Road down through the village towards Gressel Lane. Kitts Green dates back to when it was first mentioned in 1495 whereas Lea Village is first documented in 1275.

TIMET, the world's largest supplier of titanium metals, is now the major employer in the village, with the mill one of four European locations.

There are 3 nursing homes: Ashgrove House,Tŷ Waunarlwydd and Tŷ Victoria.

There are two pubs in the village, the Masons Arms and the newly re-opened Farmers Arms, both located on Swansea Road. The club house for the rugby club is on Roseland Road. The old Village Inn (previously called the Domino) pub closed but was converted into the Grill House restaurant.

Schools

There are two primary schools in the village: one is English language medium known as Waunarlwydd Primary School, this is located on Brithwen Road and replaced the original Swansea Road school. The other, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Y Login Fach, is a Welsh language school located on Roseland Road.

After primary school children go on to either Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr or Gowerton Comprehensive School.

Religion

The Anglican church in the village is St Barnabas Map on Victoria Road.

There are now only 2 chapels, Seion (Zion) (Welsh Baptist - Bedyddwyr) Map and Sardis (Welsh Congregational - Annibynwyr) Map are both on Swansea Road. Bethany (English Baptist) Map on Bryn Road has now closed and the land has been sold.

Seion Baptist Church meets at 10:30 on a Sunday morning for a bilingual service and Sunday school. Seion also runs a Welsh language kids club and a Welsh language youth group on a Wednesday at 3:20pm and 5pm.

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References

  1. 298 jobs to go as factory shuts BBC News - 21 November 2006