ebbw vale

World English Dictionary
Ebbw Vale (ˌɛbuː ˈveɪl)
 
n
a town in S Wales, in Blaenau Gwent county borough: a former coal mining centre. Pop: 18 558 (2001)

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

ebbw vale

industrial town, Blaenau Gwent county borough, historic county of Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy), Wales. It first developed as a coal-mining centre. Iron was processed there beginning in the late 18th century, using local coal, ore, and limestone. Steel production began later. However, the problems of the British steel industry in the 1970s led the works to close down its steelmaking operations by about 1978, and coal mining had ceased in the area by the end of the 20th century. The collapse of the town's chief industries brought economic hardship. The town continues to produce tinplate. It has other light industries and is a shopping centre. Pop. (2001) urban agglom., 33,280.

Learn more about Ebbw Vale with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature