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Gilfach Goch

Coordinates: 51°44′00″N 3°29′00″W / 51.733333°N 3.483333°W / 51.733333; -3.483333

Gilfach Goch
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Principal area Rhondda Cynon Taf
Ceremonial county Mid Glamorgan
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police South Wales
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Cynon Valley
List of places
Rhondda Cynon Taf

Gilfach Goch, (English: Red Nook) is a small former coal mining village in the Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales, near the larger community of Tonyrefail. It is situated in the Cwm Ogwr Fach (Small Ogmore Valley) between the Cwm Ogwr Fawr (Large Ogmore Valley) to the west and the Cwm Rhondda (Rhondda Valley) to the east.

The author Richard Llewellyn stayed in Gilfach Goch (1939) for the writing of his novel 'How Green Was My Valley' that is set in a fictional mining village based on Gilfach Goch.[1] Llewellyn would spend long summer holidays with his grandfather in the village. Gary M Dobbs (born in Gilfach Goch in 1965) who writes under the name Jack Martin also set the early chapters of his 2012 novel, Wild Bill Williams in the village. The author's Granny Smith series of humorous crime novels are set in a fictional village called Gilfach Goch.

The oldest building in the village is the Griffin Inn (The 'Bog'), a public house which is situated in low marshy ground (hence its nickname) at the bottom of a country lane.

In the 2001 census, of all rural areas with a population over 1,500, Gilfach Goch had the largest percentage of people in the whole of England and Wales who stated that they had no religion.[2][3]

Residents of note

Bryn Allen (1921–2005), the Wales international footballer was born in Gilfach Goch.[4]


External links

  • : photos of Gilfach Goch and surrounding area

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