Tonypandy in the Parish of Ystradyfodwg


"TONYPANDY, the central township, is in the ecclesiastical parish of Llwynypia, with a station on the Great Western railway, and is 6 miles north-west from Pontypridd and three-quarters of a mile south of Llwynypia station on the Rhondda branch of the Great Western railway. St. David's church here is for Welsh services, which are held on Sundays at 8 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Wesleyan Central Hall was erected in 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks) at a cost of £30,000. The Judges' Hall, the gift of Lieut.- Col. Sir Rhys Williams bart, D.S.O., K.C., D.L., J.P. was opened in 1909 by H.R.H. Princess Louise. It contains a concert hall, seating 1,500 persons, besides a library and billiard room." [Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Archives & Libraries

Tonypandy Library
De Winton Street
CF40 2QZ


Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of;

  • Tonypandy De Winton St United Reformed    (English Congregational chapel (United Reformed Church), De Winton St, Tonypandy)  
  • Tonypandy Thomas St English Primitive Methodist
  • Tonypandy Pandy Square Bethania Chapel      (Bethania CM chapel (Trefnyddion Bethania Calfinaidd), Church St, Tonypandy)
  • Tonypandy Llwynypia Jerusalem Welsh Baptist       (Jerusalem Welsh Baptist chapel, Llwynypia Rd, Tonypandy)
  • Tonypandy Methodist Church    (Tonypandy Methodist Church, Llwynypia - used to be Zion Primitive Methodist))
  • Tonypandy St Andrews Church
  • Tonypandy Trinity Church     (Trinity English CM chapel, Dunraven St/Trinity Rd, Tonypandy)
  • Tonypandy Dunraven Street, Ebenezer Welsh Congregational - built 1869 - now Grade II Listed

Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Ebenezer Chapel, Tonypandy
  • English Congregational Chapel, Tonypandy
  • Bethania Chapel, Tonypandy

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 Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

The church is dedicated to St. Andrew, is in the Benefice of Tonypandy with Clydach Vale, 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 SS993928.

Anglican Parish Registers
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
No Registers have been deposited yet
Non Conformist Registers Deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
English, Wesleyan - 1923-1979 - SS 99639223

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

Tonypandy - on the Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail site

You can see pictures of Tonypandy 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.

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

  • "YNYSCYNON is a township forming part of the Urban District of Rhondda, on the eastern side of Rhondda valley, 7 miles, north-west from Pontypridd and about a quarter of a mile from Llwynypia station on the Rhondda branch of the Great Western railway. It was formed into a separate ecclesiastical parish on Jan. 3rd 1922  from the parish of St. Andrew, Tonypandy. The church of St. Cynon, erected in 1922 at a cost of £3000 is built in the North French Gothic style, with Byzantine windows, and has sittings for 450 persons. The living is a vicarage with Sherwood, net yearly value £250 in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff and the Board Patronage, and held since 1923 by the Rev. Thomas James Meredith Morris L.Th. of Durham University and L.Div. The parish hall, erected in 1904 at a cost of £400, has seating accommodation for 265 persons"



Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Tonypandy 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.



Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Dunraven Street, Tonypandy c1911 
  • Empire Theatre, Dunraven Street, Tonypandy, about 1912


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS993924 (Lat/Lon: 51.621381, -3.455999), Tonypandy in the Parish of Ystradyfodwg which are provided by:



Tonypandy 1910 - the dispute at the Cambrian Combine leading to riots in the streets of Tonypandy - on the Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail site

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Collecting for the miners, Tonypandy 
  • Police Officers at the Tonypandy Coal Strike, 1910-1911
  • Miners waiting to go into a mass meeting at the Empire Theatre , Tonypandy, November 1910, during the Cambrian Combine strike.
  • Collier boy named 'Hapenny', from the Tonypandy area, about 1920
  • Black and white film negative of a photograph showing a surface view of Nantgwyn Colliery, Tonypandy.
  • Postcard of Glamorgan Constabulary police officers taking part in rifle drill at Tonypandy, Rhondda Valleys October 1914.
  • A section of Glamorgan Constabulary officers on duty at Pandy Pits, Tonypandy in the Rhondda Valley during the 1921 coal strike. 


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

  • Tonypandy Comprehensive School records     1978-2000          "............ was established in 1978. It was originally known as Mid Rhondda Comprehensive school but was renamed in 1982. The school was created through the merger of several other local schools, being Tonypandy Grammar, Tonypandy Secondary, Blaenclydach Secondary Modern and Bodringallt Secondary Modern. ......................"                   "........... comprising of admission registers, 1978-1991; log book, 1978-2000; upper school admission registers, 1979-1990"
  • Tonypandy Grammar school records             "........... comprising of admissions registers, 1945-1978"
  • "Tonypandy Secondary school was built in 1915, and opened its doors to its first pupils in 1916. It was a mixed school. It ceased to exist in 1978"               ".............. comprising of admission registers, 1916-1947; past students register, 1915-1926; staff register, 1915-1950; printed reports of inspections and examinations, 1933-1948; log books, 1915-1978"

Social Life & Customs

An image of the Tonypandy Cricket Club during the 1950s. - on the People's Collection Wales site