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Tonna (Welsh: Tonnau) is the name of a village and a coterminous electoral ward and community in Neath Port Talbot, south Wales. Today it is essentially a suburb of the town of Neath. Once comprised of largely agricultural fields, the name derives from the archaic Welsh tonnau, meaning grassland and not, as is sometimes assumed, the modern Welsh for "waves". Today it is essentially a suburb of the town of Neath, although some areas of pasture remain.

One of these fields houses the Ivy Tower, a folly built by the wealthy Mackworth family in the 1740s as a ballroom to entertain their guests. Although largely ruined, the Ivy Tower is still the most visible and distinctive landmark in the Neath Valley. The nearby Moss House Cascades in the Gnoll Estate, built by the Mackworths around the same time as the Ivy Tower, have recently been restored and are popular family attractions.

Immediately between Tonna and the adjoining parish of Llanilltud ("Llantwit-juxta-Neath") is a cottage once occupied by the engineer and naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who had arrived at his theory of evolution independently of Charles Darwin, with whom he later corresponded. Eventually Wallace and Darwin jointly presented the first paper on Natural Selection to the Linnean Society.

Tonna is the birthplace of international soprano singer Della Jones and classical pianist/accompanist Gordon Back. Tonna was also the birthplace of Martyn Davies, a talented scrum-half and the first captain to lead Neath RFC to win the WRU Challenge Cup in their Centenary Year, 1971.


 Rugby in Tonna: Tonna RFC


 Pubs/Bars in Tonna:
 The Railway Tavern
       Dulais Fach Road
       Tonna
       Neath
       West Glamorgan
       SA10 8EP
 01639 637025

 The Royal Oak Inn
       Henfaes Road
       Tonna
       Neath
       West Glamorgan
       SA11 3EZ
 01639 643512

 Whittington Arms
       Park Street
       Tonna
       Neath
       West Glamorgan
       SA11 3JF
 01639 643229


 Take Aways in Tonna:
 Tonna Chinese Takeaway
       3 Park Street
       Tonna
       Neath
       West Glamorgan
       SA11 3JQ
 01639 644170


 Taxis in Tonna:
 Mels Cars
       Cefn Y Don Farm
       Fairyland Rd
       Tonna
       Neath
       West Glamorgan
       SA11 3QE
 01639 642144


 Schools/Colleges in Tonna:
 Tonnau Primary School
       School Road
       Tonna
       Neath
       SA11 3EZ
 01639 637062



 

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