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Ebbw Vale (Welsh: Glyn Ebwy) is a town at the head of the valley formed by the Ebbw Fawr river in south Wales. It is the largest town and the administrative centre of Blaenau Gwent county borough. The Ebbw Vale/Brynmawr conurbation has a population of roughly 33,000.

Originally a rather insignificant spot with only about 140 inhabitants at the end of the 18th century, Ebbw Vale and the whole valley was transformed by the Industrial Revolution. The Ebbw Vale Iron Works (later the Ebbw Steelworks) opened in 1778, followed by the opening of a number of coal mines around 1790. At its height (1930s 40s) the steel works in Ebbw Vale was the largest in Europe, attracting attention from German bombers during World War II. However the deep valley proved difficult to bomb and the plant survived. Ebbw Vale suffered from the decline of the steel and coal industries and there are now no steelworks or mines left in or around the town. In 2003 work began on demolishing the long-standing steelworks, and currently around one to two miles of the valley stands empty awaiting development. Plans have been made to re-introduce a railway service to the area, bringing a much-needed transport link.

Ebbw Vale hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1958 and the National Garden Festival in 1992.

Aneurin Bevan, the father of the National Health Service, stood for election into parliament as Labour Party candidate for Ebbw Vale in 1929, on his death in 1960 he was succeeded as MP by Michael Foot.

The Ebbw Vale conurbation today is a product of ten areas which grew up as a result of the iron industry or have developed as a result of distinct housing areas they include: Beaufort, Rassau, Garn Lydn, Hill Top, Glyncoed, Willowtown, Glanarafon, Cwm, Newtown, Victoria and Ebbw Vale itself. In particular Beaufort and Victoria were the two original iron producing areas.

  • Steel from Ebbw Vale built the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • 44,000 red engineering bricks from Beaufort are said to support the Empire State Building, although this has been contested.
  • Southampton Docks stand on the crushed slag (cooled impurities from iron making) from Beaufort Ironworks.
  • The world's first steel rail was rolled at Ebbw Vale in 1857.
  • The rails for the Stockton and Darlington Railway were made at Ebbw Vale.

 Trains: Ebbw Vale is on the Ebbw Valley Line

 Libraries:
 Ebbw Vale Library
       21 Bethcar Street
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP3 6HH
       01495 303069
       Monday - 9:00am - 5:30pm
       Tuesday - 9:30am - 5:30pm
       Wednesday - CLOSED
       Thursday - 9:00am - 6:30pm
       Friday - 8:30am - 5:30pm
       Saturday - 9:00am - 4:00pm

 Rugby: Ebbw Vale RFC
 Rugby: RTB (Ebbw Vale) RFC

 Theatre: Beaufort Theatre

 Vets:
 Riverside Veterinary Centre
       Riverside
       Beaufort
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 5NT
       01495 305465

 Bridge Veterinary Centre
       50 Worcester St
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4JP
       01495 313008

 Pubs/Bars:
 Bailey Arms
       School Ter Cwm
       Ebbw Vale
       Blaenau Gwent
       NP23 7QY
       01495 371365

 Beaufort Arms
       Beaufort Road
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP3 5LH
       01495 302133

 Bridgend Inn
       8 King Street
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4RE
       01495 310721

 The Britannia Inn
       Brynmawr Road
       Newtown
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP3 5FF
       01495 309601

 The Castle Inn
       50 High Street
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 6BP

 The Castle
       Rassau Road
       Rassau
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP3 5DA
       01495 302641

 County Hotel
       Libanus Road
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 6EJ

 Croeso Inn
       103 King Street
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4SY

 Drysiog Inn
       Commercial Street
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 6BS
       01495 350571

 Golddiggers Arms
       122 King Street
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4SZ

 Gwesty Bach
       Clarence Street
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4EH
       01495 310245

 Hobby Horse
       30 Greenland Road
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4DT
       01495 310996

 The King David
       61 Bailey Street
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4HB
       01495 313504

 Taxis
 Alan's Taxis
       35 Vincent Avenue
       Nantyglo
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4PF
       01495 312800

 Alwyns Taxis
       15 Darby Crescent
       Hilltop
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 6QA
       01495 307722

 Bob's Taxis & Mini Buses
       Herrington Farm
       Rassau
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 5BP
       01495 303044

 Caroline's Taxi's
       14 Trenewydd
       Newtown
       Ebbw Vale Gwent
       NP23 5FH
       01495 352214

 Dees Taxis
       Unit 14 Blaenant Ind Est
       Blaenavon Rd
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4BX
       01495 312010

 Feb's Taxis
       14 Church St
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 6BG
       01495 352835

 J & S Taxis
       Overdale New Rd
       Nantyglo
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4JT
       01495 311133

 King William IV
       41 Glamorgan Street
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4JY
       01495 310643

 The Kingshead
       1 Beaufort Street
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4AE
       01495 312903

 Kings Arms
       Newchurch Road
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 5BD
       01495 352822

 Market Tavern
       68 Bethcar Street
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 6HG

 The New Griffin Hotel
       Beaufort Street
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4AB
       01495 350200

 Park Hotel
       Station Road
       Waunlwyd
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 6TN

 Picture House
       Market Street
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP3 6HP
       01495 350200

 Punch & Judy
       33 Bailey Street
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4AW
       01495 313597

 Red Lion Hotel
       Rassau Road
       Rassau
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP3 5SH

 Rhyd Y Blew Inn
       Rassau Road
       Rassau
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP3 5PW
       01495 308935

 Tafarn Y Werin
       Honeyfield Road
       Rassau
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP3 5TA
       01495 302819

 The Talisman
       Market Square
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 4AJ
       01495 312430

 Jane's Taxis
       89 Canning St
       Cwm
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 7RH
       01495 370990

 John Scrivens Taxis
       19 Parc Bychan
       Newtown
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 5FB
       01495 350035

 Opel Taxis
       20 Methodist Place
       Beaufort
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 5JF
       01495 304900

 P & R Cars
       38 Hendre
       Newtown
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 5FE
       01495 308101

 Pauls Taxis
       34 Glanffrwd Terrace
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 6HD
       01495 305147

 Rassau Taxis
       5 Hollybush Row
       Rassau
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 5BW
       01495 302647

 Ring-a-Ride Taxis
       10 Ferndale Close
       Rassau
       Ebbw Vale
       Gwent
       NP23 5SR
       01495 306826

 

 

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Site of Ebbw Vale Steelworks

Site of Ebbw Vale Steelworks

Site of Ebbw Vale Steelworks

Site of Ebbw Vale Steelworks

Site of Ebbw Vale Steelworks

Site of Ebbw Vale Steelworks


 

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