Rhos, Neath Port Talbot

Rhos is a village in the Swansea Valley, located outside of Pontardawe, in Neath Port Talbot county borough, South Wales, in the community of Cilybebyll.

Rhos is located in Neath Port Talbot
Location within Neath Port Talbot
Population2,442 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSN705112
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSWANSEA
Postcode districtSA8
Dialling code01792
PoliceSouth Wales
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
  • Marcia Spooner (Plaid Cymru)
List of places
Neath Port Talbot
51°47′04″N 3°52′44″W / 51.78443°N 3.87879°W / 51.78443; -3.87879Coordinates: 51°47′04″N 3°52′44″W / 51.78443°N 3.87879°W / 51.78443; -3.87879


Bench in the village, in memorial for Primrose Colliery disaster of 1858, which claimed the lives of 14 miners (men and boys) and 7 horses

Originally part of the Cilybebyll estate, the Primrose Colliery was developed from the mid-1800s, close to the village. On 13 October 1858, when owned by Morgan and Lewis, fumes of an engine boiler suffocated 14 men and boys, and 7 horses.[2] After the disaster, it was redeveloped as the New Primrose Colliery, owned by Sir Ralph Howard, and by 1896 employed 307.[3] It closed in the early 1900s, but from 1908 was revived as a pumping station for the Tarenni Colliery.[4]


Like many other villages in the former South Wales Coalfield, Rhos has seen phases of major building development within its boundaries bringing with it an influx of new residents to a community historically known for its own particular identity.

There is one primary school serving the village, called Rhos Primary School. The nearest secondary school is Cwmtawe.

Government and politicsEdit

The electoral ward includes some or all of the following settlements Cilybebyll, Gellinudd and Rhos in the parliamentary constituency of Neath. Rhos is bounded by the wards of Ystalyfera and Ynyscedwyn (of Powys) to the north; Crynant to the east; Cadoxton to the south east; Bryncoch North to the south; Alltwen and Pontardawe to the west and Godre'r Graig to the northwest.

In the 2017 local council elections, the electorate turnout was %. The results were:

Candidate Party Votes Status
Alex Thomas Labour 440 Labour hold
Marcia Spooner Plaid Cymru 297
Amanda Wycherley Conservative 227

On 14 November 2019, a by-election was held following the resignation of Alex Thomas. The electorate turnout was 34%. The results were:

Candidate Party Votes Status
Marcia Spooner Plaid Cymru 359 Plaid Cymru gain
Yvonne Lewis Conservative 162
Rupert Denholm-Hall Labour 145


  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 12 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Primrose Colliery Accident". Community Council. Retrieved 15 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Primrose Colliery". welshcoalmines.co.uk. Retrieved 15 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Primrose Main Colliery". Durham Mining Museum. Retrieved 15 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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