|Brynamman, Guardian at the Gateway||
|Brynamman - Western Gateway
To the Brecon Beacons
Brynamman (Welsh: Brynaman) is the western gateway to the Brecon Beacons, leading directly into the Brecon Beacons National Park. The village itself stands on the south facing side of the Black Mountain which at its highest point provides one of the most stunning and accessible views in the area.
It is divided into Upper Brynamman and Lower Brynamman by te River Amman, which is also the boundary here between the counties of Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot (the old county of Glamorganshire).
It is within a five minute drive of Lothlorien cottage, with a small but handy selection of shops, including the Black Mountain Centre for tourist information as well as a useful little hardware store and a grocer with a good selection of local and organic produce.
Industrial Revolution Iron and Tin Works: The small scattered farming community in this area was transformed in the18th Century by the Industrial Revolution as Brynamman grew into a built-up, highly populated commercial centre to service the coal mining industry.
There were also iron and tin works here and it was once a thriving village with three bank branches on Station Road in Upper Brynamman alone. There are no industries here today and its inhabitants commute to Ammanford, Swansea or Llanelli for work.
Cinema and Open Air Lido: There is however some wonderful historical evidence remaining from its industrial past which is reflected in its architecture and the village attractions - the open air pool - the last remaining lido in South Wales and the cinema which was opened in 1926 and paid for by local miners.
Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age Settlements: There is evidence of settlements dating as far back as the Bronze Age and beyond. Archaeology of the Black Mountain and Fforest Fawr Geopark shows signs that people have lived here for at least 7000 years, with Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age sites.
Walks and Footpaths: Brynaman has a variety of walks and footpaths, which provide a full range of adventure, from gentle strolls, to a day’s hiking; the common has evidence of settlements dating as far back as the Bronze Age, as well as evidence of industrial activity from more modern times.