infobox UK place
country = Wales
Neath Port Talbot
postcode_district = SA10
Banwen is a small
villagein Neath Port Talbot county boroughin Wales. Banwen is part of the community of Onllwyn along with the village of Onllwynitself and the adjacent parishof Dyffryn Cellwen. Banwen is in the Upper Dulais Valley, with views over the southern slopes of the Brecon Beacons.
It has often been suggested as the birth-place of
Saint Patrickwho recorded that he was born in the similarly named "banavem taburniae" somewhere on the west coast of Britain. It was clearly occupied in Roman times, sitting on the Neath- Brecon Roman roadand next to the two Roman forts in Coelbren. Copper, iron oreand tinwere mined and crafted in early times, brickworks and opencast miningprovided employment in later years. Now the big industries have gone but the village is slowly evolving.
Sport and leisure
Banwen is home to
rugby unionclub Banwen RFCformed in 1947.
Stages of the Wales
Rally GBare held at Walters Arena.
Banwen Miners Huntwas founded in the village in 1962 following the demise of the West Glamorgan hunt. [ [http://www.banwenminershunt.co.uk/index_files/History.htm Banwen Miners Hunt] ] In the early days of the Hunt, the Duchess of Beaufortrode amongst the Banwen Miners. ["The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales". John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) pg631 ISBN 9780708319536]
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=2764145 www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Banwen and surrounding area]
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