Neath  Glamorgan


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Neath like this:

Neath.-- parl. and mun. bor., market town, par., and river port, Glamorgan, on river Neath or N&ecdd, 8 miles NE. of Swansea and 208 from London by rail-par., 1161 ac., pop. 10,347; parl. bor., 1629 ac., pop. 11,216; mun. bor., 1486 ac., pop. 16,409: 3 Banks. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. ...

Neath is generally supposed to be the Nidum of Antoninus. Near the town are the ruins of a castle burnt in 1231; and about a mile SW. are the remains of the Cistercian abbey (founded 1130) which Leland refers to as the "fairest abbey in Wales." To the great mineral wealth of the surrounding country Neath is indebted for its prosperity. Copper smelting works, tinplate works, and chemical works, give employment to the majority of the inhabitants. Large exports are made of the local mineral products. Neath is one of the Swansea District of Parliamentary Boroughs, which returns 1 member to Parliament.

Neath through time

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How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Neath, in Neath Port Talbot and Glamorgan | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st July 2024

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