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Tonna (Welsh: Tonnau) is the name of a village and a coterminous electoral ward and community in Neath Port Talbot, Wales, located to the north-east of Neath town, of which it is effectively a suburb.

Grade II listed St Anne's Church, Tonna - - 4942356.jpg
St Anne's Church in Tonna.
Tonna is located in Neath Port Talbot
Location within Neath Port Talbot
Population2,499 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSS774990
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEATH
Postcode districtSA11
Dialling code01639
PoliceSouth Wales
FireMid and West Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
  • Leanne Jones (Labour)
List of places
Neath Port Talbot
51°40′35″N 3°46′23″W / 51.676389°N 3.773056°W / 51.676389; -3.773056Coordinates: 51°40′35″N 3°46′23″W / 51.676389°N 3.773056°W / 51.676389; -3.773056
Ivy Tower

Immediately between Tonna and the adjoining parish of Llanilltud ("Llantwit-juxta-Neath") is a cottage once occupied by the Welsh born engineer and naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who had arrived at his theory of evolution independently of Charles Darwin, with whom he later corresponded. Eventually Wallace and Darwin jointly presented the first paper on Natural Selection to the Linnean Society.

The village's rugby union team is Tonna RFC.



Once mainly agricultural fields, the name derives from the archaic Welsh tonnau, meaning lea or grassland and not, as is sometimes assumed, the modern Welsh for "waves". Some areas of pasture remain.

Government and politicsEdit

The electoral ward of Tonna falls within the parliamentary constituency of Neath. The ward consists of a small built-up area of Tonna village to the northwest with rest of the ward consisting of woodland and pasture. Tonna is bounded by the wards of Aberdulais to the north; Resolven to the northeast; Pelenna to the southeast; Cimla and Neath North to the southwest; and Cadoxton to the west.

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

Candidate Party Votes Status
Leanne Jones Labour 327 Labour hold
Lee Bromham-Nichols Plaid Cymru 305
Kathryn Minshull Conservative 107
Nick Williams Independent 83


  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 12 April 2015.

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