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Neath Abbey and Gatehouse

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Neath Abbey and Gatehouse

Ben Davies

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Ben Davies

Position Defender
Number 4
Date of Birth APR 24 1993
First Game Scotland 2012/13
Height 5'9
Club Tottenham Hotspur
Caps 60
Goals 0

Dreigiau Cymru

The Football Association of Wales has teamed up with Cadw to represent each of the 26 players in the Cymru squad for UEFA EURO 2020 at historic sites across the country. 

Celebrate Cymru at EURO 2020 by grabbing a selfie at these locations to share on social media using our #DreigiauCymru hashtag. 

You can also scan the QR code on each Dreigiau Cymru to log the visit in your personal digital sticker book right here on TogetherStronger.Cymru. How many digital player stickers can you collect from visiting Cadw sites across Wales?!

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Castle History

A site of power – both religious and industrial

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Along with Llanthony Priory and Tintern Abbey, the ruins of Neath Abbey are the most important and impressive monastic remains in south-east Wales. Founded in 1130 by Norman knight Sir Richard de Granville, by the late 13th century it had become one of Wales’s wealthiest abbeys.

Around 50 monks lived here, alongside an even larger number of lay brothers who worked at the abbey’s estates on tasks which probably included mining coal for domestic use.

Much later, the heavy hand of the Industrial Revolution was almost its downfall, the abbey becoming a copper smelting plant with furnaces, workshops and workers’ dwellings, and having an ironworks as its next-door neighbour. Thankfully it survived this ignominious episode.

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Virtually the entire layout of the abbey and its buildings can still be seen today, confirming the sheer scale of this prosperous religious settlement.

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