Barry, Vale of Glamorgan

Barry (Welsh Y Barri ) is a town in the district of the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, near Cardiff. Barry is the administrative center of the district. It is located on the Bristol Channel and is the southernmost city of Wales. Barry is a seaside resort with beach and an amusement park, the Barry Iceland Pleasure Park. The city had 2001 47.863 inhabitants.


The city's name is derived from the sacred Baruc ( Welsh: Barrwg ), who was drowned in the 6th century in the Bristol Channel, and was buried in Barry. Also the village of Cadoxton Barry Now one takes its name from an early missionary, Cadoc, the teacher of Baruc. Even today, the medieval church of St. Cadoc is preserved in Cadoxton. Barry long remained a tranquil fishing village until the 1880s here coal harbor was built, which served the shipment of subsidized coal pits in the South Wales. This new port relieved the neighboring Tiger Bay; In 1884 started the construction in 1889 and opened the first harbor. This was followed by two other docks and a range of port facilities, as well as a line of Barry Railway Company. In 1903, the amount of coal shipped already amounted to more than 9 million tons and 1913 Barry was the largest coal export port in the world. Parallel to the expansion of the port progressed and the expansion of the city, so soon the places Cadoxton and Barry Iceland were incorporated.


The port plays an important role in the life of the city to this day. Barry is but besides also become an important production base and a service center for the Vale of Glamorgan. The port facilities were in 1981 with the construction of the docks Link Road a direct road access to the M4 motorway. The port itself can supply ships to the order of 23,000 tons; the location of Barry's on the Severn Estuary also allows deep-water vessels to call at the port.

Most industrial companies in the city are concentrated around the harbor. Among the most important chemical companies also Cabot Carbon and Dow Corning ( with the largest silicone factory in Europe ). Other major employers are Jewson Builders' Merchants, Western Welding and Engineering, Bumnelly and Rank Hovis and the port operator Associated British Ports.

Barry is a traditional stronghold of the Labour Party, which holds the majority in the City Council.


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