Taibach or Tai-bach (English: Little Houses) is a suburban district, community, (and electoral ward) of Port Talbot, Wales. It is a settlement centered on the main A48 road, sandwiched between the river Ffrwdwyllt and Margam. Parts of Margam are within the community and electoral ward boundaries.
|Population||4,799 (2011 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||PORT TALBOT|
|Fire||Mid and West Wales|
|Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament|
The "little houses" of Taibach sprang up at the beginning of the 19th century in the parish of Margam as homes for colliery and other industrial workers, some way away from the historic village centre of Margam.
With the expansion of industrial activity in the parish, and, in particular, the foundation of the new port at Port Talbot, the whole area became a single conurbation, as it remains, and Taibach was subsumed within it.
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The stretch of the A48 road through the area is the main shopping street and is named Commercial Road in the area. Drinking venues in the area are the Surgery pub and The Somerset Arms (locally known as The Sker), which is one of the oldest pubs in the area. The pub also has its own football team.
The area has a Carnegie library and is home to the Talbot Memorial Park, an urban park. In the grounds of the park lies St Theodore's Church. The parish church was built in 1901 by Miss Emily Talbot in honour of Saint Theodore of Tarsus, and in remembrance of her late brother of the same name. The eastern border of the park is formed by the Ffrwdwyllt river. Ffrwdwyllt literally translates to 'wild torrent' in English. The river is popular among local anglers, especially in late autumn.
To the east of the area is the Eastern Primary School, the primary school attended by actor Richard Burton, under his real name of Richard Jenkins. The old Eastern Primary School is now the Taibach Community Education Centre, and was built the same year as Margam Castle in 1831. Taibach has its own Taibach Rugby Club.
The Labour politician and life peer Lord Heycock of Taibach took his title from this area, which had been the home of the Heycock family since about 1800.
Government and politicsEdit
Taibach is also the name of an electoral ward coterminous to a community related the district of Taibach. The electoral ward and community of Taibach includes the district of Taibach and parts of Margam to the southwest and the village of Goytre to the north. However, most of the ward is open countryside and woodland spread over a steep hill. Taibach falls within the parliamentary constituency of Aberavon. It is bounded by the wards of Port Talbot and Bryn and Cwmavon to the north; and by Margam to the south.
In the 2017 local council elections, the results were:
|Anthony Taylor||Labour||868||Labour hold|
|Rachel Taylor||Labour||756||Labour hold|
|John Rogers||Labour||1138||Labour hold|
|Anthony James Taylor||Labour||942||Labour hold|
|Les Davies||NPT Independent Party||494|
- "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 12 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Election results for Coedffranc Central: County Borough Council - Ordinary Elections - Thursday, 3rd May, 2012". Neath Port Talbot Council. Retrieved 15 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)