"CYMMER and PORTH, now separate ecclesiastical parishes, are townships forming part of the Urban District of Rhondda, in the hundred of Caerphilly; Cardiff petty sessional division, Pontypridd union, rural deanery of Rhondda and archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaff, 176 miles from London, 4 from Pontypridd, 16 from Cardiff, 16½ from Merthyr Tydfil and 6 from Llantrisant. Porth has a station on the Rhondda and Ferndale branches of the Great Western railway.
St. Paul's church, PORTH, erected in 1886, at a cost of £1500, is an edifice of stone, in the Early English style, ... in 1896 a new organ was erected at a costs of £250, and was enlarged in 1910: the church was 'enlarged in 1910 and now has 530 sittings. The register dates from 1886. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £300, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff and the Board of Patronage, and held since 1922 by the Rev. Horace Ivor Millard M.A. of the University College of Wales. The Cemetery at Porth is 30 acres in extent, with two mortuary chapels, and is under the control of the Rhondda Urban District Council. Porth Cottage Hospital, erected in 1895 at a cost of £3,600, and enlarged in 1908, is a building of stone, and contains five wards of 42 beds and 6 cots; visiting days, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Cymmer Colliery Workmen's Institute, Cymmer, erected in 1893, at a cost of about £2400, and enlarged in 1911, at a cost of about £2000, is a building of stone, containing a library of about 6,000 volumes, recreation and committee rooms, and reading room. Insole's Limited, the Cymmer Colliery, and other collieries in the neighbourhood give employment to the greater number of the inhabitants. The population in 1911 was 12,780" [Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923 (ArchiveCDBooks) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]