In 1949, local government planners designated the villages of Old Cwmbran, Pontnewydd, Upper Cwmbran, Henllys, Croesyceiliog, Llantarnam, and Llanyrafon as the starting point for the new town of Cwmbran. With new housing and industrial estates swelling the number of local residents, this corner of the South Wales Coalfield became the sixth largest urban area of Wales. It’s now home to roughly 50,000 people.
Cwmbran Through The Decades
Uploaded by Graham ap Robert to publicise the Facebook Group ‘Cwmbran past and present’. This is a jolly 4 minute photo montage of the town through many decades.
⏯ Cwmbran Changes
YouTube channel CwmbranClub compiled a photo montage. It starts by introducing the area and then comparing old and new photos of the same locations. Promoting the The Cwmbran Club Facebook group.
Carole Lewis wrote the book Victorian Cwmbran, available on Amazon Kindle.
The 1980s Onwards
In the 1980s and early 1990s, an amateur photographer took photographs of a number of disused industrial sites and associated settlements around South East Wales. Since then, many of these sites have been demolished or altered. The photographs clearly identify each location.
In 1997, TV series Your Century, presented by Nicola Heywood-Thomas, featured archive film footage and photographs together with personal memories from many towns around Wales.
On 30 June 2010 at 1pm, Gwent Square experienced a flash mob freeze.
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