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Thorn Hotel, Abercynon
Abercynon is located in Rhondda Cynon Taf
 Abercynon shown within Rhondda Cynon Taf
Principal area Rhondda Cynon Taf
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Mountain Ash
Postcode district CF45
Police South Wales
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Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Cynon Valley
Welsh Assembly Cynon Valley
List of places
Rhondda Cynon Taf

Abercynon (Welsh pronunciation: ), is a village and community in the Cynon Valley in unitary authority of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales. As a community it is composed of the village of Abercynon itself, Carnetown, Glancynon and Park View with a population of 6428 recorded in the 2001 Census.[1]

Abercynon is approximately sixteen miles north of Cardiff and approximately forty miles from Swansea. The rivers Taff and Cynon converge at Watersmeet near Martin's Terrace. Abercynon used to have many churches, chapels and pubs. There are now only five public houses left - The Thorn Hotel, The Royal Oak, The Celtic Carvery, Brownies Bar and the Carne Park Hotel. The only churches still left are St. Donat's Church in Wales, its daughter church, St. Gwynno's, St. Thomas' Roman Catholic Church and the Methodist church in Martin's Lane.


  • Religion 1
  • Historic transport links 2
  • Sport 3
  • Buildings and locations of note 4
  • Notable people 5
  • Gallery of Abercynon Photos 6
  • References 7
  • Bibliography 8
  • External links 9


Abercynon had a number of nonconformist chapels in the twentieth century, including Bethania (Independent), Calfaria (Baptist) and Tabernacle (Calvinistic Methodist).

Historic transport links

The village was the terminus of the world's first steam railway journey when on 21 February 1804 the inventor

  • grid reference
  • Abercynon RFC
  • Cor Meibion Abercynon - Abercynon Male Choir

External links



  1. ^ a b Davies (2008), p.4
  2. ^ Davies (2008), p.751
  3. ^ Profile


Gallery of Abercynon Photos

  • Vic Crowe, Welsh international footballer, who played for and later managed Aston Villa was born in Abercynon.
  • Dai Dower, ABA flyweight boxing champion.[3]
  • Writer John Edwards of 'Talk Tidy' fame comes from Abercynon. He has written a number of books documenting his observations on 'Wenglish' (a dialect of Welsh English).
  • George Ewart Evans, folklorist and oral historian.
  • John Ewington, railway worker whose unfair treatment led to the Taff Vale Case which in turn was a central cause in the creation of the Labour Party.
  • Howard Radford, a former goalkeeper for Bristol Rovers was born in Abercynon.
  • Stephen Williams, Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West grew up in Abercynon.
  • David Thomas Jones attended the Navigation school 1902 to 1909 and was Member of Parliament for the Hartlepools 1945 to 1959.
  • Paul Mansell author of (When kids could play outside) Is written about a boy growing up in Abercynon in 1970's-80's pen name (Tom Evans).
See also Category:People from Abercynon

Notable people

Abercynon Workingmen's Hall was once the largest in the South Wales coalfield, but was demolished in 1995.[2] Being built on a steep hillside the height of the pine end wall was over 70 feet from base to roof apex, whilst the front wall was just 35 feet.

The village of Abercynon is also home to the Thorn Hotel, which was once used by Tom Jones to practice his performances.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor, a Tudor manor house, lies nearby.

Buildings and locations of note

The local Glamorgan County Silver Ball Trophy on two occasions.

Abercynon's rugby league side are called the Valley Cougars and play in the Welsh Conference Premier.


Unusually for a village, until early 2008, it had two railway stations. One was on the line from Cardiff to Aberdare, namely Abercynon North. The other, Abercynon South, was on the Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil line. Following major work, the North station was closed and its services moved to the South station, now named simply Abercynon. Trains are operated by Arriva Trains Wales as part of the Merthyr Line service.

The village developed as a transport interchange being at the junction of the Merthyr and Aberdare branches of the Glamorganshire Canal and the Merthyr and Aberdare branches of the Taff Vale Railway. For a time it was known as "Navigation" and the Navigation Hotel, which was originally the headquarters of the Glamorganshire Canal, still bears this name.

Abercynon Colliery was sunk by the Dowlais Ironworks in 1889 to supply a steel works in Cardiff. Employing nearly 3000 men and part of the Powell Duffryn empire pre-World War II, it was in 1973 joined with the Lady Windsor Colliery at Ynysybwl. Known as the Abercynon Lady Windsor Colliery, it closed in 1988.

There are memorials to Trevithick's journey at Penydarren and outside the fire station at Abercynon. [1]

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