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Penywaun is located in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Location within Rhondda Cynon Taf
OS grid referenceSN974045
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Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAberdare
Postcode districtCF44
Dialling code01685
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Rhondda Cynon Taf
51°44′00″N 3°29′00″W / 51.733333°N 3.483333°W / 51.733333; -3.483333Coordinates: 51°44′00″N 3°29′00″W / 51.733333°N 3.483333°W / 51.733333; -3.483333

Penywaun (Welsh: Pen-y-waun) is a community, electoral ward and north-western suburb of Aberdare in the Cynon Valley within the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales.[1] At the 2011 census, the population of the ward was registered as 3,063.[2]


Penywaun Post Office

Much of the local housing was built by the local Aberdare urban district council after the Second World War in several stages, starting with simple pre-fabricated houses.

A number of shops and businesses trade within the village, including a post office, a newsagents, a traditional fish and chip shop, and two grocery-type stores. Most of the retail space is located within a designated retail precinct (called the 'Shopping Centre'), although there is a grocery store situated opposite the Colliers Arms pub.


Penywaun is home to Penywaun Primary School with approximately 252 pupils on the school roll, aged 3–11 yearss.[3] The school is situated near Coed Glas, Penywaun.

Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun a Welsh Medium comprehensive school was opened in the village in 1995.

School children from Penywaun also attend Aberdare High School, Aberdare Girls' School, Bishop Hedley High School (a Roman Catholic secondary school in Merthyr Tydfil) and St. John's The Baptist High School Of Aberdare. The Aberdare College campus of Coleg Morgannwg situated in the next village of Trecynon is the principal provider for Vocational and Further Education courses for the village.


Penywaun St. Winifred

Saint Winefreds Church - see photograph - (Church in Wales) is situated in the centre of the village. St Lleurwg's Church in Hirwaun is the sister church within the ecclesiastical Parish of Hirwaun.

Penywaun Workingmen's Club and Institute was opened in the village 1959. Many successful singers and entertainers have performed at the Club over the years, including singer Tom Jones who was paid off shortly before his rise to stardom in the 1960s.


Penywaun is also an electoral ward for Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. The County Borough Councillor until 2012 was Glyn Roberts (Labour),[4] a long-serving Director of the Tower Colliery company. Since May 2012 the councillor has been Helen Boggis (Labour).[5]

Sport, Leisure and Recreation[edit]

Penywaun Football (soccer) Club plays regularly in the Aberdare Valley Premier Division.

Penywaun is also home to an award-winning Tang Soo Do group which meet regularly at Penywaun Community Centre.[6]

There are two allotment gardening sites at Penywaun, which are managed by the local Council.

Both Aberdare Park and Dare Valley Country Park are located within two miles of the village.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 668. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.
  2. ^ "Population Density, 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  3. ^ First Draft
  4. ^ "Full council election results". Wales Online. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  5. ^ "County Borough Council Elections 2012". Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  6. ^ Sian Moran. "Penywaun Martial Artists Tang impress the Chief European Instructor". Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved December 9, 2007.

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