Rhos, Neath Port Talbot

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Rhos is located in Neath Port Talbot
 Rhos shown within Neath Port Talbot
Population 2,442 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference SN705112
Principal area Neath Port Talbot
Ceremonial county West Glamorgan
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SWANSEA
Postcode district SA8
Dialling code 01792
Police South Wales
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Neath
Welsh Assembly Neath
Councillors Alex Thomas (Labour)
List of places
Neath Port Talbot

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Rhos is a village in the Swansea Valley, located outside of Pontardawe, in Neath Port Talbot county borough, South Wales.


Originally part of the Cilybebyll estate, the Primrose Colliery was developed from the mid-1800s, close to the village. On 13 October 1858, when owned by Morgan and Lewis, fumes of an engine boiler suffocated 14 men and boys, and 7 horses.[2] After the disaster, it was redeveloped as the New Primrose Colliery, owned by Sir Ralph Howard, and by 1896 employed 307.[3] It closed in the early 1900s, but from 1908 was revived as a pumping station for the Tarenni Colliery.[4]


Like many other villages in the former South Wales Coalfield, Rhos has seen phases of major building development within its boundaries bringing with it an influx of new residents to a community historically known for its own particular identity.

There is one primary school serving the village, called Rhos Primary School. The nearest secondary school is Cwmtawe.

Government and politics

The electoral ward includes some or all of the following settlements Cilybebyll, Gellinudd and Rhos in the parliamentary constituency of Neath. Rhos is bounded by the wards of Ystalyfera and Ynyscedwyn (of Powys) to the north; Crynant to the east; Cadoxton to the south east; Bryncoch North to the south; Alltwen and Pontardawe to the west and Godre'r Graig to the northwest. In the 2012 local council elections, the electorate turnout was 43.91%. The results were:

Candidate Party Votes Status
Alex Thomas Labour 393 Labour gain
Marcia Spooner Plaid Cymru 265
David Atkins Independent 223


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  2. "Primrose Colliery Accident". Community Council. Retrieved 15 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Primrose Colliery". welshcoalmines.co.uk. Retrieved 15 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Primrose Main Colliery". Durham Mining Museum. Retrieved 15 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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