Cwmbran is a ‘new town’ which was established in 1949 to provide new employment opportunities in the south eastern portion of the South Wales Coalfield.
The town is known for its international athletics events in the 1970s and 1980s. British athletics coach Malcolm Arnold used to train some of his athletes at Cwmbran in the 80s and early 90s while he was the Welsh National Coach. Athletes who trained there regularly under Malcolm include former World 110m Hurdle Champion and World Record Holder, Colin Jackson; Commonwealth 110m Hurdle medallist, Paul Gray; and Nigel Walker who had two sporting careers, first as an Olympic hurdler and then later as a Welsh rugby union international player. The 1999 World Indoor 400m Champion Jamie Baulch also used the stadium as a regular training track under a different coach. The stadium is also the home of the football teams, Cwmbran Town and Cwmbran Celtic as well as Cwmbran Men's Hockey Club and Cwmbran Ladies' Hockey Club (which are independent clubs).
Cwmbran has a hilly aspect to its western and northern edges, with the surrounding hills climbing to over 1,000 feet (300 m). To the east of Cwmbran the land is less hilly, forming part of the Usk valley.
Last year most property sales in Cwmbran involved terraced properties which sold for on average £116,761. Detached properties sold for an average price of £237,067, while semi-detached properties fetched £145,259.
Cwmbran, with an overall average price of £154,964 was more expensive than nearby Oakfield (£141,958), but was cheaper than Llanyravon (£171,131) and Hollybush (£183,494).
During the last year, sold prices in Cwmbran were 6% up on the previous year and 10% up on 2007 when the average house price was £141,400.
Source: Rightmove September 2017
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