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1 Blaenafon / Blaenavon A different story (to that of Crickhowell)

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3 A Moorland but with iron ore, coal and water worked for centuries. Iron and coal on surface!

4 The Ironworks from 1788 – birth of the Industrial Revolution.

5 People migrated here to work. Rows D and E survive. Blaenavon population peaked at about 20,000 in 1913.

6 There was also the coalmine Big Pit (Pwll Mawr) until 1980.

7 The closure of the railway left the town even more isolated. Last passenger train to Newport There is now the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Society.

8 Many of the old shops in the town centre have closed. The towns population is down to about 5,000. The town lacks work, accessibility and services.

9 The National Museum of Mining at Big Pit offers hope. In 2000 Blaenavon became a World Heritage Site. There is a real chance that TOURISM can bring jobs.

10 Torfaen Council supported the idea of Blaenavon becoming a town of books – just like Hay on Wye! Will it work?

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