Tylorstown shown within Rhondda Cynon Taf
|OS grid reference|
|Principal area||Rhondda Cynon Taf|
|Ceremonial county||Mid Glamorgan|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Tylorstown (Welsh: Pendyrus) is a village and community located in the Rhondda valley, in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales. It was founded by Alfred Tylor who set up an early coal mining operation in the location in the mid-19th century.
The last working mine in the village closed in the 1960s setting off a long period of economic decline which worsened following the 1984–85 national miners' strike which resulted in pits in nearby locations such as Maerdy closing. The local passenger train line closed in the 1960s following the Beeching Axe which also limited the prospects of easy commuting to Cardiff.
Social and economic standing
The Tylorstown electoral ward is a typical small ex-mining village in the Rhondda Fach valley.
The Porth relief road terminates at neighbouring Pontygwaith due to the topography of the Rhondda Fach, which is a narrow valley with steep sides and limited flat land on the valley floor. The construction of the Porth relief road started off with an estimate of £33m but by 2009, the project had cost £97.6m being a major civil-engineering project many years in the planning and two and a half years in the execution.
Tylorstown has a rugby union team called Tylorstown Tigers. The club produced a British and Irish Lions rugby union player John Bevan who toured New Zealand in 1971 with the only Lions side to win a series in that country. The club also has a very successful women's side the Tigresses who won the Welsh national women's cup in season 2005 to 2006 and were runners up in the national league. The women's side has provided many internationals to the Wales women's team. The club has also supplied an international and first class rugby coach in Lyn Howells.
Appearances in popular culture
People from Tylorstown
- Jimmy Wilde - World boxing champion Grew up in Tylorstown.
- Gareth Jones - "founding father" of the English law of restitution and former Professor of Law at Cambridge University.
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Tylorstown and surrounding area
- Welsh Coal Mines website - all the pits, all the history