Ton Pentre in the Parish of Ystradyfodwg


"TON PENTRE is a township forming part of the Urban District of Rhondda, on the western side of the river Rhondda, separated from Pentre and Ystrad Rhondda by a bridge; it adjoins Ystrad station, which is 8 miles from Pontypridd. The church of St. David was erected in 1881 at a cost of £6000, by the late Crawshay Bailey esq. and consecrated as a parish church in 1920. It is an edifice chiefly in the Early Gothic style, ... : a stained glass memorial window and tablet, to the men of the township who fell in the Great War, was erected in 1922, and unveiled by the Bishop of Llandaff: there are 550 sittings. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £260, in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff and the Board of Patronage, ... A new building has been erected for the Sunday school and for Mission services. The Maindy and Eastern Workmen's Hall and Library in Church road, erected by the workmen of Maindy and Eastern pits (Ocean Collieries), was opened in 1895, at a cost of £8000, and the hall which was erected in 1900 is used as a picture and variety theatre. There are 2,000 members. Maindy Hall, a fine mansion of stone, standing on an eminence, is the residence of Percie George Smith esq. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in the Ocean, Gelli and other collieries." [Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923 (ArchiveCDBooks) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Archives & Libraries


Church History

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.

Bethesda Chapel, Ton-Pentre - on the People's Collection Wales site


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. David, Ton Pentre - Chapel of ease, formed into a parish in 1920

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1920-1985 1920-1986 1952-1973 1920-1965 -

Non Conformist Registers Deposited
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref Deposited
Hebron, Baptist - 1948-1987 - SS 97189536 GRO
Jerusalem, Calvinistic Methodist 1935-1968 1913-1932. 1935-1966, 1972-1976 1935-1981 SS 97119527 NLW

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

Ton Pentre - on Wikipedia

Ton Pentre - on the Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail site

You can see pictures of Ton 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 Ton 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 SS969953 (Lat/Lon: 51.647012, -3.491509), Ton Pentre in the Parish of Ystradyfodwg which are provided by:



Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • A 1930's photograph of trophies won by the Ton Pentre Division of Glamorgan Constabulary.
  • Postcard showing an early 20th century view of the Glamorgan Constabulary Ton Pentre Police Station, The Parade / Maindy Road, Ton Pentre in the Rhondda Valley.