Port Talbot is an industrial town in Neath Port Talbot, South Wales. The town is built along the eastern rim of Swansea Bay in a narrow strip of coastal plain surrounding the River Afan estuary. The town grew out of the original small port and market town of Aberafan (Aberavon), which belonged to the medieval Lords of Afan. It built its wealth on the abundance of coal in the vicinity and on the abundant water available in the River Afan to power machinery and operate the docks.
The town got its present name from the Talbot family, who were patrons of Margam Abbey, an ancient Cistercian foundation, and who built Margam Castle, a Victorian mock Gothic residence, now partially restored and open to the public along with the surrounding Margam Park.....
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