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Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen is the name of a village and an electoral ward and community in Neath Port Talbot, south Wales. The nearest major town to the village is Ammanford. In common south Wales parlance, Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen is often referred to as "GCG" or "The Waun". The name, Gwaun cae Gurwen translates into 'the meadow/moorland of white hemlock'.
It is not very widely known. However, development is on the horizon for GCG. At one time, almost all of the land of The Waun was owned by the Jones Family who also owned the "Pwll-y-Wrach Estate". They still own parts of the land of the village but most has been sold off. Both farmhouses connected to the Estate are still standing. They are: Pwll-y-Wrach (meaning the Witches Pool) and Glangwrach. Pwll y Wrach is the main house where the head of the family lived.
Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Gwaun cae Gurwen (Gwaun-cae-Gurwen Welsh Primary School) used to be on Heol-y-Dwr (Water Street) which is where the Pwll y Wrach estate is based. It has since been moved to Heol Newydd (New Road), overlooking the village, and the former school transformed into a wood workshop.
The Welsh language is very strong in the village amongst the young and the old. Almost all children are bilingual.
Near villages are Cwmgors, Brynamman, Glanaman and Garnant. This area is represented in Government by Peter Hain MP and in the Welsh Assembly by Gwenda Thomas AM, who lives in the village.
Children in the area have the choice of going to Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera (for full Welsh medium education) , Ysgol Uwchradd Dyffryn Aman (for Welsh and English medium education) or Cwmtawe Comprehensive School (for all English education).
Libraries in Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen: Gwaun Cae Gurwen Library New Community Hall New Road Gwaun Cae Gurwen Ammanford SA18 1UN 01269 822119 Tue 9.30am-12.00 noon Wed 4.00pm-7.00pm Thur 2.00pm-4.00pm Sat 9.30am-12.00 noon
Pubs/Bars in Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen: The Mount Pleasant Inn 29 Graig Road Gwaun Cae Gurwen Ammanford Dyfed SA18 1EG 01269 824942
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