Penderyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf

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Penderyn Antiques Chapel Shop.jpg
The former Soar Chapel
Penderyn is located in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Location within Rhondda Cynon Taf
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Rhondda Cynon Taf
51°45′55″N 3°31′49″W / 51.765207°N 3.530182°W / 51.765207; -3.530182Coordinates: 51°45′55″N 3°31′49″W / 51.765207°N 3.530182°W / 51.765207; -3.530182

Penderyn is a rural village in the Cynon Valley, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, located near Hirwaun.


The village lies on the A4059 road between Hirwaun and Brecon and is the last settlement on that road in the county of Rhondda Cynon Taf before the border with Powys to the north. The village sits just within the southern boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The River Cynon passes through the area.

There are four disused churches and chapels in Penderyn: Jerusalem Chapel (Calvinistic Methodist, now a house), Siloam Chapel (Baptist, a grade II listed building), Soar Chapel (Independent, now an antiques shop) and St Cynog's Church (Church in Wales).[1][2][3][4]

Penderyn is the home of Penderyn Whisky, whose distillery is located opposite the local school. The award-winning single malt whisky was launched in 2004 and was the first distilled in Wales for over 100 years.[5]


Penderyn contains two Welsh words:[6]

  • Pen, meaning 'head (of)'
  • and 'deryn', an abbreviation of 'aderyn', meaning 'bird'


Penderyn began as an agricultural village, which supplied the ever growing needs of the nearby local market town of Aberdare.

Until the county's inclusion in Powys in 1974 the village was in the county of Brecknockshire.


Penderyn is in the community of Hirwaun and, at the lowest tier of local government, is represented by Hirwaun & Penderyn Community Council. Penderyn is one of two electoral wards in the community, electing 4 members to the community council.[7]

For elections to Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Penderyn is covered by the 'Hirwaun, Penderyn and Rhigos' electoral district.

Notable people[edit]

Dic Penderyn (Richard Lewis, 1807/8–1831), the central figure of the Merthyr Rising of 1831, was not from village but was from Aberavon.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jerusalem Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Chapel Road, Penderyn, Aberdare (6152)". Coflein. RCAHMW. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Siloam Welsh Baptist Church, Pontbren Llwyd, Penderyn, Aberdare;siloah (6151)". Coflein. RCAHMW. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Zoar Independent Chapel, Soar, Chapel Road, Penderyn, Aberdare (6150)". Coflein. RCAHMW. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  4. ^ "St Cynog, Penderyn (Former Church)". Church Heritage Cymru 5404. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Royal approval for Welsh whisky". 26 June 2008 – via
  6. ^ "Cynon Valley". Archived from the original on 28 July 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Your Councillors". Hirwaun & Penderyn Community Council. Retrieved 23 June 2022.

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