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Ystradgynlais, Powys

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Ystradgynlais, Powys

Ystradgynlais is a town on the River Tawe in south west Powys; it is the second largest town in Powys, Wales. The town grew around the iron-making, coal-mining and watch-making industries. Up until the mid 18th century most of the Swansea Valley was thickly wooded and sparsely populated. The placename Ystradgynlais, meaning 'vale of the river Cynlais' - Cynlais may be a personal name, or derive from cyn ('chisel') and glais ('stream') - is first recorded in 1372.
Post townSWANSEA
Administrative CountyPowys
Traditional CountyBrecknockshire
OS GridSN7810
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
Region
CountryWales
Police AuthorityDyfed Powys
Fire and Rescue AuthorityMid and West Wales
Fire and Rescue AuthorityMid and West Wales
Ambulance AuthorityWelsh
Dialling code01639
Population9,004
 

Other names by which Ystradgynlais, Powys has been known in the past

Ystradgunlais

Ystradgynlais, Powys in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Ystradgunlais, par., Brecknockshire, 1½ mile NE. of Ystalyfera sta. and 12½ miles NE. of Swansea, 21,954 ac., pop. 4114; P.O., T.O.; consists of two townships - Lower Ystradgunlais, pop. 3592; Upper Ystrad-gunlais, pop. 522; has collieries and ironworks.

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