NEATH (The), a river of Brecon and Glamorgan. Itrises under the mountain Ban Gyhyrich, in Forest-fawr, near the Brecknock Beacons; collects several rapid and tumultuous headstreams among the Forest-fawr mountains, and downward to Pont-Neath-Vaughan, at the boundary with Glamorgan, and about 10 miles south-south-westward from its highest source; becomes the Neath proper at Pont-Neath-Vaughan; and proceedsthence about 15 miles south-westward, past Aberpergwm, Glyn-Neath, Capel-Resolven, Aberdulas, Lantwit, Cadoxton, and Neath, to Swansea bay at Briton-Ferry. Both the headstreams above Pont-Neath-Vaughan and the main stream below, make picturesque falls; and theentire vale, almost from the commencement of the head-streams down to the immediate vicinity of Neath town, is highly picturesque. Tourists, painters, poets, anglers, and meditative lovers of the romantic, are alike charmed by the attractions of this vale. and old Drayton, speaking of the river's source, says,
When nimble Neath anon
( To all the neighbouring nymphs for her rare beauties known,
Besides her double head, to help her stream that hath,
Her handmaids-Melta sweet, cleere Hepsey, and Tragath)
From Brecknock forth doth breake."
(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))
|Feature Description:||"a river" (ADL Feature Type: "rivers")|
|Administrative units:||Brecknockshire AncC Glamorgan AncC|
|Place names:||NEATH | NEATH THE | THE NEATH|
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