Aberdulais shown within Neath Port Talbot
|Population||2,400 (2011 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Principal area||Neath Port Talbot|
|Ceremonial county||West Glamorgan|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||PORT TALBOT|
|Fire||Mid and West Wales|
|Councillors||Doreen Jones (Labour)|
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Aberdulais (Welsh: Aberdulais Aber confluence (with the River Neath) or mouth (of the river) & Dulais) is a village in Neath Port Talbot, Wales, lying on the River Neath. The village grew around the Aberdulais Falls, the site of successive industries and now a hydro-electric station.
Aberdulais has been the heart of many businesses for a number of years. The first business there was a copper smelting industry; that failed because it received only sporadic copper delivered via boat from Cornwall. The site was then chosen again by an ironworks forge. This, too, failed, but not much is known, so nobody knows why. It was chosen twice to be the site for an ironworks. Between the works, Aberdulais was used as a corn watermill; that failed because it was too small scale, and the high price of corn at the time of the Corn Laws. It was then used as a tinplate site; that failed because tinplate was made redundant after the Bessemer Process.
Amenities and attractions
Local attractions include a canal and the Cefn Coed Colliery Museum. Aberdulais Falls and the associated industrial infrastructure are in the care of the National Trust in recognition of the site's value as a key part of the region's industrial heritage. The water wheel at Aberdulais falls produces £20,000 worth of electricity that powers the site, and the surplus is sold back to the national grid.
Peter Hain MP is a resident of the village
Government and politics
Aberdulais is also the name of an electoral ward covering the village. It is a constituent of the parish of Blaenhonddan. The electoral ward of Aberdulais includes some or all of the settlements of Aberdulais and Cilfrew in the parliamentary constituency of Neath. Most of the ward consists of woodland and farmland with a small residential area to the far south. Aberdulais is bounded by the wards of Crynant to the north; Resolven to the east; Tonna to the south; and Cadoxton and Bryncoch North to the west.
In the 2012 local council elections, the electorate turnout was 40.81%. The results were:
|Doreen Jones||Labour||431||Labour hold|
|Ken Thomas||Plaid Cymru||290|
- "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- grid reference
- Cwmdulais Historical Society
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Aberdulais and surrounding area
- Aberdulais Sion Calvinistic Methodist Chapel monumental inscriptions and images
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