|Although Port Talbot is famous for steel it actually grew around the copper smelting industry in the 18th century. The town’s original docks were built in the 1840s to export Welsh coal, but the steel industry eventually took over.|
Aberavon Beach - Photo: Chris Shaw CCL
Margam Abbey steel works was created in the
Later a deep-water harbour was built for large iron-ore imports.
The Welsh Mining Museum can be found at Afon Forest Park.