Treorchy in the Parish of Ystradyfodwg


"TREORCHY is a township forming part of the Rhondda Urban District, 10 miles north-west from Pontypridd, with a station on the Rhondda branch of the Great Western railway, and is a conventional district, formed out of the mother parish of Ystradyfodwg (now called Rhondda), 19 May, 1898; it is in the Miskin hundred, Pontypridd petty sessional division and union, rural deanery of Rhondda and archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaff.
The church of St. George, CWMPARC, situated in the centre of the village, is a modern building of stone and rubble, in the Gothic style of the 15th century, from designs by Mr. George E. Halliday, diocesan surveyor, ... The reredos is of polished pink alabaster, and the pulpit and font of green Bridgend stone: the church affords about 400 sittings. The register dates from the year 1898. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £287, in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff and the Board of Patronage ...
The church of St. Matthew, TREORCHY, erected in 1887, at a cost of £1800, is a small building of stone in the Early English style, ... : the church affords 280 sittings. The services are conducted in English. The living was constituted a vicarage in 1921, net yearly value £300, in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff and the Board of Patronage, .... The church of St. Tyfodwg, Treorchy, is for Welsh services.
At Cwmparc are the collieries of the Ocean Coal Co. Limited, and at Treorchy the collieries of Messrs Burnyeat, Brown and Co. Limited. The Ocean Collieries, Park and Dare, Workmen's Institute here, opened in March, 1895, was erected by the workmen employed at Park and Dare pits (Ocean Collieries), at a cost of nearly £4000. The population of Cwmparc ecclesiastical parish in 1901 was 10,440, and in 1911, 15,265." [Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923 (ArchiveCDBooks) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Archives & Libraries

Treorchy Library
Station Road
CF42 6NN



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.

Church History

Hermon Chapel, Treorchy - 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

The church is dedicated to St. Matthew, is in the Benefice of Treherbert with Treorchy, 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 SS956970.

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
Calfaria, Wesleyan - 1932-1962, 1967, 1972-1973 - SS 96109663

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

Treorchy - on Wikipedia

Treorchy - on the Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail site

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Treorchy 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 Treorchy 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

A workmen's institute designed by Jacob Rees and erected in 1892, by the miners of Parc & Dare Collieries with a frontage to Station Street. In 1913 a large theatre was erected behing the 1892 building with a frontage to Dyfodwg Street. It is now a theatre owned by Rhondda Cynon Taff Council.

Treorchy High Street c1911



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS959968 (Lat/Lon: 51.66031, -3.506404), Treorchy in the Parish of Ystradyfodwg which are provided by:




Social Life & Customs

Treorchy Male Choir - see its History section

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Treorcy Male Choir - 1953 Rehearsals (and various other items)
  • The first official photograph of the newly reformed Treorchy & District Male Choir in 1949