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Llanyrafon

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Population  3,239 (2011)
Community  Llanyrafon
Country  Wales
Area  3.02 kmĀ²
Ceremonial county  Gwent
UK parliament constituency  Monmouth
OS grid reference  ST 304 946
Principal area  Torfaen
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Dialling code  1633
Post town  NP postcode area
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Llanyrafon is a suburb of Cwmbran and a community in the county borough of Torfaen in south east Wales. It lies within the boundaries of the historic county of Monmouthshire and the preserved county of Gwent.

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Map of Llanyrafon, UK

Etymology

Sometimes written on old maps and documents as Lan-yr-avon, Llan-yr-avon, or Llanyravon, the name literally translates as "Church by the River". However, Llan meaning "Church"' is usually followed by a saint's name, and the resulting name is usually associated with a parish church. Neither is true for Llanyrafon, so the older meaning of Llan as "an enclosed piece of land" may apply.

See also: Llan (placename element)

Location

Llanyrafon lies to the east of the Afon Llwyd and Cwmbran town centre, west of the A4042 dual carriageway and south of Croesyceiliog.

History

Built in the late 1950s, Llanyrafon is mainly residential but does include a municipal golf course; 3-star Hotel (Commodore Hotel on Mill Lane - closed in 2011 and now demolished to make way for a new housing development); small shopping precinct known as Llanyrafon Lakeside Shops and the large Boating Lake Park & South Fields. The Boating Lake Park includes (as the name suggests) a large lake which is home to various wildfowl birds such as swans, mallards and moorhens. There is also a large adventure playground as well as various football and rugby pitches. In recent years, the addition of a skateboarding/roller blading park was made to this area. Most recently there has been a re-vamp of the Boating Lake with the addition of an island. There is one public house, 'The Crow's Nest', that serves 'pub-grub' food.

The X24, a major bus service operated by Stagecoach South Wales, runs through Llanyrafon from Cwmbran town centre to Newport.

References

Llanyrafon Wikipedia


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