Aberbeeg

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Aberbeeg
Aberbeeg in 2008.jpg
Aberbeeg is located in Blaenau Gwent
Aberbeeg
Aberbeeg
Aberbeeg shown within Blaenau Gwent
OS grid referenceSO213017
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Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townABERTILLERY
Postcode districtNP13
Dialling code01495
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FireSouth Wales
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Blaenau Gwent
51°42′32″N 3°08′25″W / 51.708890°N 3.140396°W / 51.708890; -3.140396Coordinates: 51°42′32″N 3°08′25″W / 51.708890°N 3.140396°W / 51.708890; -3.140396

The small village of Aberbeeg (from Welsh Aber-bîg, meaning 'mouth of the river Bîg') lies in the county borough of Blaenau Gwent in Wales, within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire. It is part of the community of Llanhilleth. The two main tributaries of the Ebbw River, the Ebbw Fawr and Ebbw Fach converge at Aberbeeg.[1]

Nearby are the villages of Llanhilleth and Six Bells, where the former colliery allowed the whole community to thrive as part of the South Wales coalfield community.

St Illtyd's church

Today, one of the most prominent sights in Aberbeeg area is the grade II* listed St. Illtyd's parish church, which is thought to have been built in the late 5th century, and underwent extensive renovation over the last 200 years. After closing in 1962, the church was privately acquired in 1984. It has now returned to public ownership and is now open to visitors. The friends of St. Illtyd help Blaenau Gwent look after the building.

Aberbeeg railway station closed on 30 April 1962. The Ebbw Valley Railway re-opened in February 2008. A bus service between Aberbeeg and Llanhilleth, the nearest railway station on the line, runs every hour.

In popular culture[edit]

In the TV series Fresh Meat one of the lead characters, Josie (Kimberley Nixon), states she is from Aberbeeg.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Davies (2008), p.232

Bibliography[edit]

  • Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.

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