Troedyrhiw’s interesting beginnings

Early Troedyrhiw from Clive T.

Be proud of our past. The Troedyrhiw that we know today began to take shape in the middle of the nineteenth century. According to one report before that time it ‘only had a chapel, two taverns, a few cottages, an engine-house, the remnant of a mill, and a miserable shed (railway station)’. As the local coal industry developed so did the village and by 1866 it had a population of 2,331. In 1952 the village had around 8,000 residents and the 2011 census records a population of 5,296.
The picture was drawn in 1810. It looks up the valley from a position roughly on what is now the A4054 below Henry Richard Street across the fields that are now occupied by Afon Taf School. The building in the foreground is Troedyrhiw Farm (demolished in the 1960’s). Pontyrhun Bridge can also be seen and, to the left (West) of this, the large building which housed the pumping engine which lifted water from the River Taff to the level of the canal which once ran down this side of the valley.

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Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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