Pentre in the Parish of Ystradyfodwg


"PENTRE is a township forming part of the Urban District of Rhondda, 8 miles north-west from Pontypridd and adjoins Ystrad station on the Rhondda branch of the Great Western railway, The church of St. Peter, at Pentre, a chapel of ease to Ystradyfodwg, was erected in 1888-90, at a cost of £20,000 by Griffith Llewellyn esq. of Baglan Hall, and his wife, and consecrated by the Bishop of Llandaff, July 28, 1890 : it is a handsome building of Welsh stone, in the Early English style, from designs by Mr. F. R. Kempson, architect, ... there are 800 sittings. There is also a school church used for the Sunday school and for children's services and Bible and other classes. The Rhondda Urban District Council meets at the Council Offices, in Llewelyn street, Pentre, erected in 1883-84 at a cost of £4000 for the former Local Board of Health: the Education offices are also in the same building. The Grand Theatre, in Ystrad road, was rebuilt in 1912, and has seats for 1000 persons." [Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923 (ArchiveCDBooks) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Church Records

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

St. Peter, Pentre - Chapel of ease to Ystradyfodwg

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

The church is dedicated to St. Peter, is in the Benefice of Pentre St. Peter, and the diocese of Llandaff. 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 SS969962.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
- 1891-1971 - 1891-1973 -

Non Conformist Registers Deposited
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref Deposited
Moriah, Baptist - 1956-1988 - SS 96849619 GRO
Nazareth, Calvinistic Methodist 1952 1911-1974 1935-1981 SS 96989600 NLW
English, Wesleyan - 1926-1966 - SS 97139567 GRO

GRO - Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
NLW - National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth


Description & Travel

Historic Landscape Characterisation: The Rhondda - on the CADW site.
Fully explore the site - there are separate detailed sections for places in the area

Pentre - on the Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail site

You can see pictures of Pentre in the Parish 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-graig, Penyrenglyn, Pentre, Ton-pentre-ystrad, Ton-y-pandy, Treorky, Tynewydd and Tynybedw, from Slaters Directory for 1880.




Historical Geography

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS969962 (Lat/Lon: 51.655102, -3.491775), Pentre in the Parish of Ystradyfodwg which are provided by:



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

  • Records of Cory Brothers and Company Ltd. 1888-1943 "Richard Cory (1799-1882) of Devon, was the owner of a small vessel which traded between Cardiff, Bristol and Ireland in the early part of the 19th century. In 1838 he opened a ship's chandler store in Cardiff. By 1856 Richard Cory was joined by his sons, John (1828-1910) and Richard (1830-1914), and traded as Richard Cory and Sons. They described themselves as ship-brokers, ship-owners, coal merchants and exporters. Three years later, when Richard Cory retired, John and Richard renamed the business Cory Brothers and Co. It became a limited liability company in 1888, at which point the minute books start.John and Richard Cory became coal owners in their own right with the purchase of Pentre colliery in the Rhondda in 1868. Gelli, Tynybedw and Tydraw collieries were later acquired, also several collieries in adjoining valleys......................................"


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

  • Pentre, Secondary school, Pentre records " ...... was erected in 1903 as Pentre Higher Elementary school in the township of Pentre, which formed part of the Urban District Council of Rhondda. The Elementary school was converted into a Secondary school in 1914 and originally accomodated 300 mixed pupils"
    "............comprising of log book, 1942-1970"