Aberavon, Neath Port Talbot

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Parish History

ABERAVON (ABER-AVON), or sometimes Aberafan, is a rising port, a borough, and parish, in the union and hundred of Neath, county of Glamorgan, south Wales, 5½ miles(S. by E.) from Neath, and is supposed to have erected the ancient castle, the foundations of which are still discernible in a field adjoining the churchyard. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, was rebuilt about eighty years since. There are several places of worship for dissenters, including two with the Calvinistic Methodists, two with the Independents, one with the Wesleyans, and one with the Particular Baptists.[1]  



Civil Registration

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Church records


Census records

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Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish.

Go to Glamorgan Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1849), pp. 1-12. Adapted. Date accessed: 07 May 2013.