Gilfach Goch

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

Gilfach Goch
Gilfach Goch is located in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Gilfach Goch
Gilfach Goch
 Gilfach Goch shown within 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
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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.

The oldest building in the village is the Griffin Inn, a public house which is situated in low marshy ground 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[edit]

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

Gary Dobbs (born 1965), the author and actor was raised in Gilfach Goch though currently lives in the nearby village of Tonyrefail.


  1. ^ Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 513. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6. 
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  3. ^ "Census reveals best area for love". BBC News. 22 July 2004. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Details of Lot 119". Auction Catalogue. Graham Budd Auctions. 10 May 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 

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