Place:Abersychan, Monmouthshire, Wales

Alt namesCwmavonsource: hamlet in parish
Garndiffaithsource: hamlet in parish
Pentwynsource: hamlet in parish
Talywainsource: hamlet in parish
Vartegsource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.724°N 3.059°W
Located inMonmouthshire, Wales     ( - 1974)
Also located inGwent, Wales     (1974 - 1996)
Torfaen (principal area), Wales     (1996 - )
See alsoAbergavenny Lordship, Monmouthshire, Walesancient holding in which it was located
Abergavenny Hundred, Monmouthshire, Waleshundred in which it was located
Trevethin, Monmouthshire, Walesearlier parish in which it was located (before 1894)
Contained Places
Saint Thomas Churchyard ( 1831 - )
Varteg Cemetery
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Because Abersychan did not become a civil parish until 1894, all census entries, bmd registrations and church records for earlier dates will be found under the previous parish of Trevethin.

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Abersychan is a settlement and community north of Pontypool and, since 1996, in Torfaen, Wales. Before 1996 it was located within the boundaries of the historic county of Monmouthshire until 1974 and then in the preserved county of Gwent between 1974 and 1996.

Abersychan lies in the narrow northern section of the Afon Lwyd valley.

Abersychan now constitutes a community of the County Borough of Torfaen. Until late in the 19th century the area was part of the large ancient parish of Trevethin, which also contained Pontypool. In 1894 Abersychan became an urban district and civil parish. The urban district was abolished in 1935, with most of its area passing to Pontypool Urban District, and a small area going to Abercarn Urban District.

In 1974 the area became part of the borough of Torfaen, in the new local government county of Gwent. The community of Abersychan was formed in 1985. When Gwent was abolished in 1996, Torfaen became a unitary authority.

In 1900 Abersychan civil parish included the settlement of Abersychan, and the hamlets of Cwmavon, Garndiffaith, Pentwyn, Talywain and Varteg, all of which have been redirected here. (There is another place named Cwmavon in the county of Glamorgan.)


Like many of the 17th century isolated agricultural hamlets in the forested valleys of south Wales, Abersychan became a thriving industrial centre in the 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly for iron production.

After the discovery of iron stone locally, the principal ironworks were built by the British Iron Company in 1825, served mainly by the Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway. The works passed to the New British Iron Company in 1843 and to the Ebbw Vale Company in 1852, before closing in 1889.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Abersychan.

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