Skewen ( ) is a village
within the county borough of Neath Port Talbot, in Wales.
village is served by Skewen railway station.
Skewen was once an industrial village. There were a number of
collieries around the village - (see link below). The Crown and
Mines Royal Copper Works and the Cheadle and Neath Abbey Ironworks
were once important industrial sites which stood close by. Old top
loading blast furnaces can also be seen at Neath Abbey.
south of Skewen lies the village of Llandarcy, site of the former Llandarcy oil refinery.
Huw Pudner and Chris
Hastings have written a folk song called "Skewen Main 1925" which
is about the closure of the Skewen Main coal mine.
Monuments of interest
Abbey, a former Cistercian
monastery, are now in the care of CADW.On Mynydd
Drumau to the north of the village is an ancient site, Y
Carreg Bica (or 'Maen Bradwen' which translates into English as
'the white rock of betrayal').
The village is the birthplace of Sir Samuel Thomas Evans
judge and politician who was appointed Solicitor-General in 1908
and became the President of the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty
division in 1910. Also of the composer David John de Lloyd
and singer Bonnie Tyler
, the comedian, lived in the village for a short while in
his boyhood as did the actress Lorna Bennett