Abercarn is a community in south Wales, 10 miles north-west of Newport.
The district was traditionally associated with collieries, ironworks and tinplate works, although all have now closed; the town, which lies in the middle portion of the Ebbw valley, being situated on the south-eastern flank of the once great mining region of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire.
The area was part of the ancient Monmouthshire parish of Mynyddislwyn until the late nineteenth century. In 1892 a local board of health and local government district of Abercarn was formed. This became Abercarn urban district in 1894, governed by an urban district council of twelve members.
Under the Local Government Act 1972 the urban district was abolished in 1974, becoming part of the borough of Islwyn, Gwent. Further local government organisation in 1996 placed the area in the county borough of Caerphilly. The former urban district corresponds to the three communities of Abercarn, Crumlin and Newbridge.
Libraries Abercarn: Abercarn Library High Street Abercarn NP11 5GR 01495 244393 Mon 10.30am-1.00pm 2.00pm-5.30pm Wed 10.00am-1.00pm 2.00pm-7.30pm Fri 10.00am-1.00pm 2.00pm-5.30pm
Pubs/Bars Abercarn: Commercial Inn High Street Abercarn Newport Gwent NP11 5GR 01495 244373
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