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Beddau

Beddau
Welsh: Y Beddau

Beddau Square
Beddau is located in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Beddau
 Beddau shown within Rhondda Cynon Taf
Population 8,236 (2011 Census)
Principal area Rhondda Cynon Taf
Ceremonial county Mid Glamorgan
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PONTYPRIDD
Postcode district CF38
Dialling code 01443
Police South Wales
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Pontypridd
Welsh Assembly Pontypridd
List of places
UK
Wales
Rhondda Cynon Taf

Beddau (English: Graves Welsh: Y Beddau) is a large former mining village[1] around 1.5 miles from Llantrisant and 4 miles from the larger town of Pontypridd in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales. The South of the village is known as Tynant (English: House in the brook Welsh: Tyn-y-Nant & near the former Cwm Colliery & coking works now derelict and is the area where the colliery workers largely lived. It is the more traditional part of the village and has large former council housing estates. The Northern section of the village has more private housing estates and a smaller amount of former council housing. The County Borough Councillor for the Tyn-y-Nant ward is Labour Councillor Clayton Willis & for Beddau County Borough Councillor Richard Yeo also Labour both were elected in 2012.

Contents

  • Education 1
  • Sport 2
  • Transport 3
  • Notable residents 4
  • Bibliography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Education

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Castellau is the village's Welsh speaking primary school. English language medium schools are Gwaunmeisgyn Primary School and Llwyncrwn Primary School, which both feed into Beddau's secondary school Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive.

Sport

Beddau is notable for its exported rugby union talent, such as Neil Jenkins, Michael Owen and Gethin Jenkins who had attended Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive.

Beddau fields a rugby union team, Beddau RFC, as well as its own football team, Cwm Welfare AFC.

Transport

Beddau is served by bus services to Llantrisant, Cardiff and Pontypridd.

A station, Beddau Halt railway station on the Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction Railway existed until 1964 quite some way south of the village. A private railway siding from the Treferig branch of the Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction Railway to coal workings extended to the village existed for a time. Extensive sidings and rail traffic served Cwm Colliery and coking works until 1984 when the line to junction at Pontyclun station was closed and mothballed. Efforts are being made to reopen this line to passenger traffic.

Notable residents

  • Actor Dr. Jimmi Clay in the BBC soap opera, Doctors, was born in Beddau.

Bibliography

  • Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.  

References

  1. ^ Davies (2008), page 507.

External links

  • www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Beddau and surrounding area
  • Heritage Trail: Beddau


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