Quakers Yard

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Quakers Yard
  • Welsh: Mynwent y Crynwyr
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Quakers Yard is located in Merthyr Tydfil
Quakers Yard
Quakers Yard
Location within Merthyr Tydfil
OS grid referenceST093965
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMerthyr Tydfil
Postcode districtCF46
Dialling code01443
PoliceSouth Wales
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Welsh Assembly
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Merthyr Tydfil
51°39′37″N 3°18′41″W / 51.6603°N 3.3113°W / 51.6603; -3.3113Coordinates: 51°39′37″N 3°18′41″W / 51.6603°N 3.3113°W / 51.6603; -3.3113

Quakers Yard (Welsh: Mynwent y Crynwyr) is a village in the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough, situated where the Taff Bargoed Valley joins the Taff Valley. Quakers Yard is part of the community of Treharris.


Ysgol Rhyd Y Grug

The early place name for the district was 'Rhyd y Grug' or 'The Ford of the Rustling Waters'. This ford was a simple and easy crossing place of the nearby River Taff, close to its junction with the smaller Taff Bargoed river. The ford was replaced in later years by the narrow stone bridge over the River Taff. Quakers Yard railway station opened in 1858.

During the early 17th century those who 'dissented' from the King's Religion were persecuted. This often took the form of imprisonment, or death. By about 1650 a 'dissenting group' of Baptists, independents and Quakers were worshipping at nearby Berthlwyd Farm, Pentwyn (Top of the Hill). The Quakers in turn, soon broke away to establish their own separate community. In the year 1667, these Quakers opened their own Quaker burial ground. It was on a piece of land on the Pantannas Estate and was owned by Mary Chapman. In her will of 1700, she left the burial ground to the Quakers. However, this burial ground was very small as the Quakers did not want to draw attention to it. To find this burial ground now is even harder as a new road in Quakers Yard was built through this site.

Notable people[edit]

The Jacobite David Morgan, executed for his part in the Jacobite rising of 1745, lived at the farm of Penygraig on the hillside north of Edwardsville.

One of the most famous British boxers of all time, Jimmy Wilde (1892–1969) was born at Pentwyn Deintyr, Quakers Yard. Known as 'The ghost with the Hammer in his hand', he fought 864 contests and lost on 4 occasions only. He was Flyweight Champion of the World (Universal) from 1916 to 1921. Andrew Jonathan Coombs born 27/3/82 was born in Merthyr Tydfil and resided in Quakers Yard he won 10 full international rugby caps between 2013 and 2014. He also captained the Newport Gwent Dragons region. After retirement from Rugby he became a Rugby pundit with S4C and BBC Television


Ysgol Gymraeg Gynradd Rhyd y Grug

Unfortunately this Welsh primary school has relocated to Aberfan. It has been demolished.


Quakers Yard station is located on the Merthyr Line in Treharris. The station was opened as "Quakers Yard Low Level" by the Taff Vale Railway in 1858.[1]

Location grid[edit]


  1. ^ Hutton, John (2006). The Taff Vale Railway, vol. 1. Silver Link. ISBN 978-1-85794-249-1.

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