Taff's Well

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Taffs Well)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Taff's Well
Cardiff train departs from Taff's Well - geograph.org.uk - 371339.jpg
Taffs Well railway station
Taff's Well is located in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Taff's Well
Taff's Well
Taff's Well shown within Rhondda Cynon Taf
Population3,672 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST122835
  • Taff’s Well & Nantgarw [2]
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCARDIFF
Postcode districtCF15
Dialling code029
PoliceSouth Wales
FireSouth Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
Rhondda Cynon Taf
51°32′43″N 3°16′13″W / 51.545355°N 3.270246°W / 51.545355; -3.270246Coordinates: 51°32′43″N 3°16′13″W / 51.545355°N 3.270246°W / 51.545355; -3.270246

Taff's Well (Welsh: Ffynnon Taf) is a semi-rural village, community and electoral ward located 6 miles (9.7 km) to the North of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Known locally as the 'Gates to the Valleys', it is located at the south easterly tip of Rhondda Cynon Taf. It is separated from Gwaelod Y Garth by the River Taff. Taff's Well is distinguished because it contains the only thermal spring in Wales. The tepid water is thought to rise along a fault-line from the Carboniferous Limestone, in somewhat similar manner to the warm springs at Bristol and Bath. It may be regarded as a spiritual site by various religious groups.

The Garth Mountain overlooks the village and was the inspiration for the fictional "Ffynnon Garw", featured in the book, and film The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain.


The name "Taff's Well" is derived from the situation of the village alongside the River Taff and the presence of the warm spring within Taff's Well Park .

Thermal spring[edit]

Taff's Well Park (Parc Ffynnon Taf) is the site of the Taff's Well Thermal Spring, a well that reached its height of popularity for visitors to the village in the mid to late 1800s.[3] It enjoys temperatures which average 21.6 degrees C.[4] The Well at Taff's Well is Wales' only natural thermal spa..


Taff's Well is situated just off Junction 32 of the M4 Motorway and at the southern end of the A470.

Though administratively represented by Rhondda Cynon Taff Council, Taff's Well is a commuter town for the City of Cardiff where many of its residents work.


19th Century[edit]

Taff's Well grew into an important railway junction during the mid- to late nineteenth century, when Cardiff was a major global exporter of coal.

Taff's Well is a growing community which includes numerous districts: Glan-Y-Llyn, Rhiw Ddar and Glan Y-Frodd; Ty-Rhiw; the old village centre that consists of Alfred's terrace, Anchor Street, Church Street, Garth Street, Yew Street and Ty Rhiw through which the Taff Trail runs. Taff's Well is next to Castell Coch, which overlooks Cardiff.

20th Century[edit]

The actor David Jason spent much time in Taff's Well and based the situation comedy Open All Hours based upon Arthur's shop[5] which is one of many buildings to have been dismantled and sent to the St Fagan's Museum of Welsh Life.

21st Century[edit]

Taff's Well is the original location of the story that inspired the film The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, by Ivor Monger and Christopher Monger.

Taff's Well has featured in the BBC Wales sitcom Stella Starring Ruth Jones. The post office in Nantgarw is the main filming location for the sitcom, although it is just outside the village.

Local politics[edit]

RCT Council Representative for Taff's Well[edit]

Taff's Well is an electoral ward coterminous to the community boundaries and elects a county councillor to Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Jill Bonetto (Labour) has represented the ward since 2012.[6][7]

Taff's Well Community Council[edit]

Taff's Well and Nantgarw are also represented locally by the Taff’s Well & Nantgarw Community Council, which has 10 members. The Council hit the headlines in 2010 when it was criticised by the Wales Audit Office for breaching financial and corporate governance regulations with its financial records. Described as 'The Worst Run Council in Wales', there were calls for the 'wholesale sacking' of the ten members for breaching 'financial and corporate governance regulations because of its “inadequate” financial records, supporting paperwork and minutes between 2002 and 2006'.[8]


Taff's Well A.F.C. are the local football team.

Taff's Well RFC are the local Rugby union team.


Taffs Well railway station, which opened in 1863,[9] is situated on the Rhondda and Merthyr Lines. Services are provided by Transport for Wales northbound to Treherbert, Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil via Pontypridd and southbound to Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Central. The average journey time to Cardiff Central is 20 minutes at a frequency of 6 trains per hour.[10]

Stagecoach South Wales bus service 132 between Maerdy and Cardiff Central bus station stops in the village every 15 minutes at peak times.[11]

The A470 road runs through the village between Cardiff Bay (9 miles (14 km) south) and Llandudno (179 miles (288 km) north). Taff's Well is situated 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Junction 32 (Cardiff North) of the M4 motorway.

There are plans to integrate Taff's Well into the South Wales Metro.[citation needed]


The village has a number of churches, including Taff's Well United Church whose minister is Rev Cathy Gale .

The Anglican Church in Wales is St Mary and St James Church Church Street . The minister is Rev Zoe King .

Notable people[edit]

See Category:People from Taff's Well


  1. ^ "community population 2011". Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.taffswellandnantgarwcc.com/
  3. ^ "Waters From The Deep: Taff's Well thermal spring" (pdf). Natur Cymru. Summer 2014. pp. 30–33. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  4. ^ Farr, Gareth; Bottrell, Simon H (2013). "The hydrogeology and hydrochemistry of the thermal waters at Taff's Well, South Wales, UK". Cave and Karst Science. 40 (1).
  5. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/2989409.stm
  6. ^ Rhondda Cyon Taff County Borough Council Election Results 1995-2012, The Election Centre. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  7. ^ County Borough Council Elections 2017, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  8. ^ "'Worst run council in Wales'". Pontypridd and Llantrisant Observer. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  9. ^ Hutton, John (2006). The Taff Vale Railway, vol. 1. Silver Link. ISBN 978-1-85794-249-1.
  10. ^ Arriva Trains Wales Timetable: Valleys and Cardiff local routes
  11. ^ Stagecoach service 132 timetable