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Aberdare

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Aberdare (ˌæbərˈdɛər ; Aberdâr) is a town in the Cynon Valley area of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, at the confluence of the Rivers Dare (Dâr) and Cynon. Aberdare has a population of 39,550 (mid-2017 estimate). Aberdare is south-west of Merthyr Tydfil, north-west of Cardiff and east-north-east of Swansea. During the 19th century it became a thriving industrial settlement, which was also notable for the vitality of its cultural life and as an important publishing centre. Etymology The name Aberdare means "mouth/confluence of the river dare", as the town is located where the Dare river (Afon Dâr) meets the Cynon (afon Cynon). While the town's Welsh spelling uses formal conventions, the English spelling of the name reflects the town's pronunciation in the local Gwenhwyseg dialect of South East Wales. Dâr is an archaic Welsh word for oaks (the plural of derwen), and the valley was noted for its large and fine oaks as late as the nineteenth century. In ancient ti
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