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"YSTRAD DYFODWG, in the Cwmwd of Meisgyn, Cantref of Penythen (now called the Hundred of Miskin), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Perpetual Curacy, not in charge, annexed to the Vicarage of Llan Trisaint: Patron, The Vicar of Llan Trisaint: Church dedicated to St. Tyfodwg. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 542. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was, £ 222..19..1 1/2. It is 9 m. N. N. W. from Llan Trisaint. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Stipend, and Augmentation, was £44. It is situate near the river Rhonddu Fawr. This is a very wild and romantic part of the County; and the Parish is twelve miles in circumference, the Church standing almost in the centre of it. See, Rhigos. " [From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.]

"RHONDDA, formerly named Ystradyfodwg, an extensive parish and parliamentary borough comprising several hamlets, is one of the largest coal-producing parishes Glamorganshire, and is 20 miles south-west from Merthyr Tydfil, 20 north-west from Cardiff, 25 east from Swansea and 180 from London; it is in the hundred of Miskin, petty sessional division of Lower Miskin, Pontypridd union and county court district, rural deanery of Rhondda, and archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaff." [From  Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Here is a substantial reading list of books which relate to Glamorgan, either county or parish.

An index to the book Rhondda, A second selection [Archive Photograph Series] has been provided by Allen Powell

Business and Commerce Records

  • Ocean Coal & Wilsons Ltd, colliery proprietors
    1908-54: minute books, balance sheets, accounts
    [Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2P 2EJ]


From Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks

  • A cemetery of 25 acres, between Trealaw and Porth, was formed in 1879 at a cost of £14,000, for Rhondda, Llanwonno and Llantrisant. A cemetery of 15 acres was formed in 1871 at a cost of £7000, at Treorchy, and was enlarged in 1914 by the addition of 15 acres, for the parish of Rhondda; and there is also a cemetery of 5 acres at Mardy, formed in 1875, at a cost of £3600; each contains two mortuary chapels, and since April 1st, 1896, have been under the control of the Rhondda Urban District Council Burial Committee of 13 members.

The Glamorgan Family History Society have produced a set of microfiche containing Monumental Inscriptions for the following burial grounds :-

  • Parish Church of St. John the Baptist
All Saints, Maerdy
All Saints, Trealaw
All Saints, Treherbert
Christ Church, Ferndale
Church In Wales, Blaenllechau
Church of England Mission Room, Blaencwm
Church of Wales Mission Room, Porth
Holy Trinity, Tylorstown
St Dyfan, Clydach Vale
St Matthew, Treorchy
St Thomas, Clydach Vale
Ainon Welsh Baptist Chapel (Pentecostal), Trealaw
Ainon Welsh Baptist Chapel, Ynyshir
Ainon Welsh Baptist Chapel, Ynyswen
Baptist Chapel, Blaencwm
Bethany English Baptist Chapel, Clydach Vale
Bethany English Baptist Chapel, Treherbert
Bethany English Baptist Chapel, Ynyshir
Bethel English Baptist Chapel, Cwmparc, Treorchy
Bethel English Baptist Chapel, Glynrhedyn, Ferndale
Bethel English Baptist Chapel, Tonypandy
Bethel Welsh Baptist Chapel, Ynyshir
Bethlehem Welsh Baptist Chapel (Elim Pentecostal; Big Elim; Temple), Trealaw
Beulah Baptist Chapel, Llwynypia
Beulah English Baptist Chapel, Tylorstown
Beulah Welsh Baptist Chapel (Apostolic), Treorchy
Blaen-Y-Cwm Welsh Baptist Chapel, Treherbert
Calfaria Welsh Baptist Chapel, Clydach Vale
Calfaria Welsh Baptist Chapel, Wattstown
Carmel English Baptist Chapel, Maerdy
Carmel English Baptist Chapel, Trealaw
Hebron Welsh Baptist Chapel, Ton Pentre
Hermon Welsh Baptist Chapel, Pontygwaith
Hope English Baptist Chapel, Gelli
Hope English Baptist Chapel, Treherbert
Horeb English Baptist Chapel, Treorchy
Horeb Welsh Baptist Chapel, Tylorstown
Jerusalem Welsh Baptist Chapel, Tonypandy
Libanus Welsh Baptist Chapel, Treherbert
Moriah Baptist Chapel, Hendreforgan
Moriah Welsh Baptist Chapel, Pentre
Moriah Welsh Baptist Chapel, Tonypandy
Nazareth Welsh Baptist Chapel, Blaenllechau
Nebo Welsh Baptist Chapel, Gelli
Noddfa Baptist Chapel, Clydach Vale
Noddfa Welsh Baptist Chapel, Gilfach Goch
Noddfa Welsh Baptist Chapel, Treorchy
Providence Baptist Chapel, Ynyswen
Salem Newydd Welsh Baptist Chapel, Ferndale
Siloam Welsh Baptist Chapel, Gelli
Sion Welsh Baptist Chapel, Maerdy
Soar Welsh Baptist Chapel (Apostolic Church), Tynewydd
Tabernacle English Baptist Chapel, Ystrad
Zion English Baptist Chapel, Pentre
Bethania Welsh Independent Chapel, Treorchy
Bethany English Independent Chapel, Tylorstown
Bethesda Welsh Independent Chapel, Ton Pentre
Bodringallt Welsh Independent Chapel, Ystrad
Bryn Seion Independent Chapel, Gilfach Goch
Bryn Seion Welsh Independent Chapel, Gelli
Calfaria Independent Chapel, Rhigos
Calfaria Welsh Independent Chapel, Blaenrhondda
Ebenezer Welsh Congregational Chapel, Tonypandy
Ebenezer Welsh Independent Chapel, Tylorstown
Ebenezer Welsh Independent Chapel, Tynewydd
Emanuel English Independent Chapel, Treherbert
English Congregational Church, Ystrad
Ferndale Cemetery, Ferndale
Bethania Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Llwyn-Y-Pia
Bethania Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Tonypandy
Bethania Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Maerdy
Bethany Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Ton Pentre
Bethel Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Ystrad
Bethel English Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Pontygwaith
Bethel Methodist Chapel, Hendreforgan
Bethel Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Cefn Rhigos
Bethesda Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Blaenrhondda
Bethlehem English Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Treorchy
Bronllwyn Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Mission), Gelli
Bute Square English Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Treherbert
Caersalem Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Ton Pentre
Calfaria Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Treorchy
Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Cwmparc
Capel Wesley Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Ferndale
Carmel Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Blaenllechau
Central Hall English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Tonypandy
Clydach Vale English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Clydach Vale
Cwmparc English Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Cwmparc
Dyffryn Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (Zion Pentecostal Church), Gelli
Ebenezer Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Maerdy
Elim Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Tonypandy; Trealaw
English Wesleyan Chapel, Blaenrhondda
English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Treherbert
English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Ystrad
Ferndale English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Ferndale
Ferndale Methodist Chapel, Pontygwaith
Gelli English Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (Bethany), Gelli
Gilfach Goch Primitive Methodist Chapel, Gilfach Goch
Gosen English Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Treorchy
Gosen Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Treorchy
Hermon Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (Apostolic), Tonypandy
Horeb Welsh Clsvinidstic Methodist Chapel, Treherbert
Institute Road English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Llwynypia
Jerusalem Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Ton Pentre
Libanus Methodist Chapel, Clydach Vale
Libanus Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Gilfach Goch
Libanus Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Tylorstown
Llwynypia English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Llwynypia
Maerdy English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Maerdy
Methodist Mission Room, Blaencwm
Moriah Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Ynyshir
Moriah Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Tylorstown
Mount Zion Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Clydach Vale
Nazareth Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Pentre
Nebo Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Wattstown
Parc Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Cwmparc
Pentre English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Pentre
Penuel Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Ferndale
Penuel Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Llwynipia
Penuel Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Ynyswen
Salem Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Cwmparc
Saron Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Treherbert
Seion Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (Sion), Pontygwaith
Seion Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Trealaw
Sherwood English Primitive Methodist Chapel, Sherwood
Shiloh Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Seilo), Tonypandy
Stanleytown Hall (Calvinistic Methodist) (Mission Room), Pontygwaith
Station Road English Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Treorchy
Tabernacle Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Ynyshir
Tabernacle English Primitive Methodist Chapel, Gelli
Tabernacle English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Old Bethania), Treorchy
Temple English Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Ferndale
Tonypandy Primitive Methodist Chapel (English), Tonypandy
Trinity English Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Tonypandy
Ynys Hir English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Ynyshir
Zion Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Tonypandy
Clydach Vale Unitarian Chapel, Clydach Vale
Roman Catholic
Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Treorchy
(no dedication), Blaencwm
(no dedication), Tonypandy
(no dedication), Tonypandy
Bethania, Tonypandy
Bethel Bush Free Mission, Clydach Vale
Bethel Free Mission, Wattstown
Bethel, Treherbert
Bethlehem Chapel, Clydach Vale
Caersalem Chapel, Tonypandy
Capel, Ystrad
Capel-Y-Bedydwyr, Tonypandy
Carmel Salvation Army Citadel, Gilfach Goch
Carmel Welsh Independent Chapel, Treherbert
Carmel Welsh Independent Chapel, Wattstown
Catholic Apostolic Church, Pontygwaith
Chapel, Treherbert
Chapel, Treorchy
Chapel, Tylorstown
Christadelphian Church, Ferndale
Christadelphian Church, Pentre
Church Hall, Pontygwaith
Church, Ynyshir
Church, Ystrad
Cross Street Spiritualist Chapel, Ferndale
Dumfries Street Chapel, Treherbert
English Congregational Church (United Reformed Church), Tonypandy
English Congregational Church, Treorchy
Ferndale Spiritualist Chapel, Ferndale
Forward Movement Chapel, Stanleytown
Gelli Galed, Gelli?
Gilfach Road, Tonypandy
Glanrhondda Unitarian Chapel, Pentre
Gosen Independent Chapel, Tonypandy
Gospel Hall, Treorchy
Hermon Welsh Independent Chapel, Treorchy
Horeb, Pen-y-graig
Jerusalem, Ystradyfodwg; Ystrad Rhondda
Llwynypia Independent Chapel
Llwynypia, Llwynypia
Lucania Hall, Tonypandy
Maerdy Mission Hall, Maerdy
Miskin Road, Trealaw
Mission Chapel, Llwynypia
National Spiritualist Church, Pontygwaith
National Spiritualist Church, Ton Pentre
North Street English Independent Church, Ferndale
Our Lady Of Penrhys Roman Catholic Church, Ferndale
Peniel (Pentecostal; Dewi Sant, C In W), Tonypandy
Pentecostal Gospel Hall, Tonypandy
Pentre (English), Pentre
Penuel Chapel (Elim), Pen-Yr-Englyn
Penuel English Independent Church, Ynyshir
Penuel, Pontrhondda
Pontygwaith English Independent Chapel, Pontygwaith
Providence Independent Chapel, Gelli
Quaker House, Ferndale
Ramah Independent Chapel, Treorchy
Regent Street Pentecostal, Treorchy
Saints Gabriel And Rephael Roman Catholic Church, Tonypandy
Salem Welsh Independent Chapel, Llwynypia
Salvation Army Gospel Hall, Tonypandy
Salvation Army Hall, Gelli
Salvation Army, Ferndale
Salvation Army, Pentre
Salvation Army, Tonypandy
Sant Tyfodwg Church, Treorchy
Saron Welsh Independent Chapel, Ynyshir
Saron, Clydach Vale
Seventh Day Adventist, Tonypandy
Shiloh Welsh Independent Chapel, Pentre
Siloa Welsh Independent Chapel, Maerdy
Sion Apostolic Church, Cwmparc
Soar Welsh Independent Chapel, Cwmparc
Soar Welsh Independent Chapel, Pontygwaith
Soar, Pontygwaith
St Alban, Tynewydd
St Andrew, Tonypandy
St Anne, Ynyshir
St Cynon, Llwynypia
St David, Gelli
St David, Tonypandy
St David, Tylorstown
St Dunstan, Ferndale
St George, Cwmparc
St John the Baptist, Ton Pentre
St Luke, Maerdy
St Mark, Gelli
St Mark, Ystrad
St Mary Magdalen, Pontygwaith
St Mary Magdalen, Porth
St Mary, Treherbert
St Peter, Pentre
St Stephen Church Mission, Ystrad
St Stephen, Ystrad
St Thomas, Wattstown
Synagogue, Treorchy
Tabernacl, Treorchy
Tabernacle Welsh Congregational Chapel, Blaenrhondda
Tabernacle Welsh Independent Chapel, Ferndale
Tabernacle Welsh Independent Chapel, Trealaw
Tabernacle, Clydach Vale
Tabernacle, Pen-y-graig
Tabernacle, Ystrad
Temple Spiritualist Chapel, Treherbert
Ton Pentre English Independent Chapel, Ton Pentre
Trealaw (English), Trealaw
Trealaw Cemetery Chapel (Mortuary Chapel), Trealaw
Trealaw, Trealaw
Treherbert (English), Treherbert
Treorchy Cemetery, Treorchy
Trerhondda Welsh Independent Chapel, Ferndale
Ynyswen Road English Wesleyan Chapel, Pen-Yr-Englyn, Treorchy
Ysgwydd-Y-Mynydd, Pentre
Ystrad English Independent Chapel (Bethcar), Ton Pentre
Zion, Ferndale
Zoar Welsh Independent Chapel, Clydach Vale

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ystradyfodwg area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

Chapels Database  - a  list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of St John's Church

From Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks

  • The church of St. John at Ton Pentre, erected in 1893-4 in place of the ancient church, then removed, is an edifice of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel with side chapel, two naves, south porch, and a western turret containing 2 bells: in the church is a brass table to the Rev. William Rhys, a former Vicar of the parish, erected by his sons: the communion cup bears the date 1695; there are 450 sittings. A room for the Sunday school and mission has been erected in the churchyard.  The register dates from the year 1717.  The living is a vicarage, yearly value £340, with residence, and held since 1922 by the Rev. John Daniel Hughes M.A. of St. David's College, Lampeter, and surrogate.

Church Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

The church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, and is in the Benefice of Ystradyfodwg. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be located at grid reference SS972954.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1717-1883, Marriages, 1717-1837, Burials, 1629-1987.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1719-1944 1719-1761, 1779-1973 1719-1968 1864-1977 1717, 1724-1734, 1736-1819, 1821-1835

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Ystradyfodwg Ecclesiastical Parish records       " .......... including registers of baptisms, 1719-1974; marriages, 1917-1971; burials, 1719-1973; banns, 1779-1973; services, 1885-1987; churchwardens and overseers records, 1750-1943; certificates and licences, 1840-1942; charities, 1909"

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

Non Conformist Registers Deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Tabernacle, Wesleyan - 1958-1970, 1972-1974 -

SS 97829517

Heol-fach in Ystradyfodwg

Nonconformist Registers Deposited at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Bethel, Calvinistic Methodist - - 1935-1981 SS 98459512

Description and Travel

Places, villages, farms etc within Ystradyfodwg parish as shown on the online parish map from the CD of  Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.).  (Extracted by Roy Pugh)

  • Ystradyfodwg (66A, B & C=Middle, Home & Clydach); Abergorky Colliery, Blaen Clydach, Blaen Rhondda, Blaen-Rhondda Farm, Blaen-y-cwm, Bodringallt, Bryn Bach, Bryn Llynwyn-ddwr, Bute Colliery, Bwlch Nantgwyn, Bwllfa, Carn y Celyn, Cefn Glas, Cefn Pen Rhys, Cefn y Rhondda, Cemetery(3), Chwarelau Blaen-corrwg, Clydach Vale, Coedcae-Rhondda, Coal Levels(5), Coal Pits, Colliery(6),  Craig Blaen-Rhondda, Cwm Clydach, Cwm Dar, Cwm lan, Cwm Lluest, Cwm Orky, Cwm-parc, Cwm Parc Colliery, Cwm Saerbren, Cwm Selsig, Cwm y fforch, Cwm ?, Cynllwyn?-du, Dare Colliery, Dinas, Dunraven Colliery, Eastern Pit,  Ferndale, Fernhill Cottages, Fforch-orky, Foel Goch, Gelli, Gelli Collieries, Gelli Faelog, Gelli Goch, Glyncornel H?, Golf Course, Graig fawr, Graig Rhondda-fach, Graig ?, GWR, Holyrood Terrace, Hospl(3), Isolation Hospl, Llwyn-y-pia, Llwynpia Mountain, Maendy Pit, Maerdy, Maerdy Collieries, Mynydd Bach, Mynydd Blaen-Rhondda, Mynydd Brith-weunydd, Mynydd Bwllfa, Mynydd Gelli, Mynydd Maendy, Mynydd Maerdy, Mynydd Penygraig. Mynydd Pwll-yr-hebog, Mynydd Ton, Mynydd Troed-y-rhiw, Mynydd Tyntyle, Mynydd Ty-isaf, Mynydd Tyle-coch, Mynydd Tynewydd, Mynydd William Meyrick, Mynydd yr Eglwys, Mynydd Ystrad ffernol, Nant y Gwa?, Parc uchaf, Pen Pych, Pen Rhys-isaf, Pen Rhys-uchaf, Pen-y-graig, Pentre, Pentre, Pentre Collieries, Pen-yr-englyn, Quarries, Reservoir (2), Reservoir Bryn Gelli, Rhondda, Rhondda Fach, Tar? Maerdy, Ton Pentre, Tonypandy, Tre-Alaw, Treherbert, Treorky, Ty-draw, Tyle-fforest,Tyntyle, Tylorstown, Twyn Dysgwylfa, Twyn y Bloedd, Tynewydd, Ynyshir, Ynys-wen, Ystrad-fechan, Ystrad Rhondda, ? Selsig, ? Saerbren, ? Bwllfa,
  • Rhigos (67) Bryn, Bryn-y-gaer, Cefn Rhigos Inn, Coed Carn-y-gist, Colliery, Crawshay's Tower, Cwm-hwnt, Cwm Wrfa, Great Western Railway, Gwrangon-fawr, Gwrangon-isaf, Gwrelych, Hendre-fawr, Hirwaun, Hirwaun Common, Hirwaun Ponds, Llethr Las, Llwyn-y-gwin, Llyn Fawr Reservoir, Mynydd Beili Glas, Nant Gwrangon, Pen-cae-?, Pen-rhiw, Pont Walby, Rhigos, Rhyd, Tunnel, Ty-newydd, Site of Cattle, Y Llyn, ? Bwlch.

Description of parish (and hamlets) from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

You can see pictures of Ystradyfodwg which are provided by:


Transcript of complete name listing for Treherbert and Ystrad-Rhondda, with the parish and hamlets of Ystradyfodwg, Blaen-y-cwm, Blaen-y-Rhondda, Cwmdare, Cwmpark, Llwynpia, Pen-y-griag, Penyrenglyn, Pentre, Ton-pentre-ystrad, Ton-y-pandy, Treorky, Tynewydd and Tynybedw, from Slaters Directory for 1880.

Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

You can see the administrative areas in which Ystradyfodwg has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Ystradyfodwg (St John Baptist church) to another place.


Historical snippets re 'the Rhondda', various contributors


This diagram shows the position of this parish within the county of Glamorgan - click on this to see a full size diagram of the county

Glamorgan Parish Map

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS972954 (Lat/Lon: 51.647922, -3.487250), Ystradyfodwg which are provided by:


Description of parish from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

  • The Dinas collieries are situated in the vicinity, whence a communication is formed by tram-roads with the Glamorganshire canal.


The Population of Ystradyfodwg was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 1,363 1851 - 1,998 1861 - 3,857 1871 - 17,777 1881 - 44,046 1891 - 68,721

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Ystradyfodwg Burial Board records       1871-1896            " ..... established about 1871, by the Ystradyfodwg parish vestry, and covered the parish of Ystradyfodwg, Rhondda (Glamorgan). In 1877, the Ystradyfodwg Local Board was set up, covering the parish of Ystradyfodwg and parts of the parishes of Llantrisant and Llanwonno. Burial boards were therefore set up in December 1879, for the 'Llantrisant District' (that part of the parish of Llantrisant which lay within the Ystradyfodwg Local Board) and the `Llanwonno District' (the part of Llanwonno parish which lay within the Local Board). These two new Boards then joined with the existing Ystradyfodwg Board to form the Ystradyfodwg Joint Burial Board..............................."
  • Ystradyfodwg Civil Parish records         " ......... comprising assistant overseers valuation list, 1880-c1882; extracts from vestry minutes book, 1750-1777 [copied 1950]; tithe plan and apportionment, 1844; minutes of Ystrad Community Council and Treherbert Community Council, 1995"  
  • Ystradyfodwg Local Board of Health    1877-1905     "......... was created in 1877, from the Pontypridd Rural Sanitary District. It succeeded the Ystradyfodwg Parochial [Sanitary] Committee, a committee of the Pontypridd Rural Sanitary Authority which had been set up in 1872, to exercise within the parish of Ystradyfodwg all the powers of the Rural Sanitary Authority. ......................"


Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Rhondda/Ystradyfodwg School Board records     "........... comprising of minute books, 1878-1903; reports, 1894-1903; account books, 1893-1905; registers of deeds, 1869-1902; ledgers, 1879-1902; salaries of teachers, 1879-1893; cash books, 1882-1886; year book, 1899"

Social life and Customs

From Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks

  • Rhondda Urban District Fever Hospital, at Tyntyla, was erected in 1902 and extended in 1908, at a cost of £25,000, and will hold 62 patients.
  • The Urban District is lit with gas and electricity supplied by the Council; the water supply is derived from springs above Blaen Rhondda, and conveyed thence to the works at Treherbert, the property of the District Council, a new reservoir was completed 1914 at Llynfawr. Part of the district is supplied water by the Pontypridd and Rhondda Joint Water Board from their works near Mardy.

  • Electric tramways run throughout the district, being leased by the Council to the Rhondda Tramways Co. Ltd. who also run motor omnibus services in various localities.