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Llanharry is located in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Location within Rhondda Cynon Taf
Population3,643 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST005805
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPontyclun
Postcode districtCF72
Dialling code01443
PoliceSouth Wales
FireSouth Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
Rhondda Cynon Taf
51°30′47″N 3°25′48″W / 51.513°N 3.430°W / 51.513; -3.430Coordinates: 51°30′47″N 3°25′48″W / 51.513°N 3.430°W / 51.513; -3.430

Llanharry (Welsh: Llanhari) is a village, community (civil parish) and electoral ward in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales.

Historically part of Glamorgan, Llanharry has been inextricably linked with iron mining as far back as the Roman period, and for a period in the 20th century it boasted the only iron mine in Wales.


St. Illtyd's Parish Church. Llanharry

Llanharry iron mine worked from the early 1900s but closed in 1976;[2] its main ore was goethite, which was used at the local ironworks.[3]

Since the closure of its mines and ironworks, Llanharry has been in economic decline, as are most South Wales Valleys villages once dependent on heavy industry. Llanharry's proximity to the M4 motorway in Wales has allowed its residents opportunities to commute to work more easily rather than seeking work locally.

Llanharry contains a few small local amenities, such as a corner shop and a hairdressers.


Llanharry is home to Llanharry Primary School, built 1935 and Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari Welsh medium secondary school which was built in 1974. In 2012 the secondary school became Rhondda Cynon Taf's first 3-19 school, opening a new Welsh language primary department in the former sixth form block.[4]


Buses are the main transportation links servicing Llanharry. Between 1871 and 1951, the village was served by Llanharry railway station, but there is no longer any local rail connection.[5] The nearest station is now Pontyclun. The M4 motorway skirts the southern end of the village, but there is no direct local access to it.

Social life[edit]

At the centre of Llanharry is Saint Illtud's Church which was built in 1867.

There are presently two public houses in Llanharry; The Bear Inn and the Fox & Hounds. Llanharry also has its own working men's club.

Llanharry has a local football team, Llanharry AFC. They play their matches in the South Wales Amateur League Division One after winning promotion from Division Two during the 2006/2007 season. The team play in blue shirts, blue shorts and blue socks. They play their home games at the recreation ground in Llanharry. There is also a 2nd team who play in the Bridgend League.

Regeneration schemes[edit]

Llanharry benefits from the Llanharry Action for Change Project which uses funds, including money from the European Union, to support projects and improvements in the village.

Local politics[edit]

In terms of local politics Llanharry Community Council is responsible for representing the views of local people. To fund its activities, the Council receives a proportion of the council tax collected each year from every home in the village, depending on rateable value.

The Llanharry electoral ward is coterminous with the borders of the community[6] and elects a county councillor to Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Since 1995 the ward has been represented by either the Labour Party or Plaid Cymru,[7] though at the May 2017 election Labour councillor Barry Stephens was defeated by Independent candidate Wayne Owen.[8]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Community population 2015". Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  2. ^ The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) pg500 ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6
  3. ^ Glamorgan Archives: Glamorgan Haematite Iron Ore Mine, Llanharry records Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 5 June 2014
  4. ^ http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/services/en/legaldemocraticservices/councillorscommittees/meetings/cabinet/2011/09/26/reports/agendaitem4welshmediumeducationthefutureofygllanhari.pdf[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Chapman, C. (1984) The Cowbridge Railway. Oxford Publishing Company.
  6. ^ "Election maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  7. ^ Rhondda Cyon Taff County Borough Council Election Results 1995-2012, The Election Centre. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  8. ^ County Borough Council Elections 2017, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Retrieved 27 October 2018.