|Pontycymer shown within Bridgend|
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Pontycymer is a former mining village in Wales. It is situated in the Garw Valley, in Bridgend County Borough, about 7 miles or 11 km north of the town of Bridgend. The name is Welsh: pont means "bridge" and cymer means "confluence", i.e. where two streams or rivers meet.
Older signs for the village use the spelling of Pontycymmer; as with many other place names in Wales a double "mm" was historically included as an Anglicised spelling, but the modern Welsh spelling uses a single "m". Recent signage and Post Office records have now been changed to reflect the original Welsh spelling.
At the southern (lower) end of the village, marking its boundary with Pantygog, the River Garw is joined from the east by the Nant Fforch Wen ("White Fork Stream"). This area is still known as "Braich y Cymmer", reflecting the historical spelling with "mm". At the northern (upper) end, towards its boundary with Blaengarw, the River Garw is joined by the Nant Gelli Wern ("Marsh Grove Stream") at Ffaldau, the village square.
Among those born in the village are the artist and journalist Molly Parkin (Molly Thomas), snooker player Ryan Day, Wales rugby captain John Lloyd, Welsh rugby league player Ike Owens and news reader Huw Edwards.
Numerous locations in Pontycymer feature as the fictional village of Ogw in the film Very Annie Mary. The oldest street in the village is Railway Terrace, originally named "Milk Row".
- "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 11 April 2015.
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