Trehafod

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Trehafod
Trehafod Road, Trehafod - geograph.org.uk - 413554.jpg
Trehafod is located in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Trehafod
Trehafod
Trehafod shown within Rhondda Cynon Taf
Population 498 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST044909
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PONTYPRIDD
Postcode district CF37
Dialling code 01443
Police South Wales
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
UK
Wales
Rhondda Cynon Taf
51°36′35″N 3°22′52″W / 51.6096°N 3.3811°W / 51.6096; -3.3811Coordinates: 51°36′35″N 3°22′52″W / 51.6096°N 3.3811°W / 51.6096; -3.3811

Trehafod is a village and community in the Rhondda Valley between Porth and Pontypridd in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, although in administrative terms is split between the electoral division of Cymmer (Rhondda) to the West and Rhondda (Pontypridd) to the East. A former coal mining area, the village is now best known as the site of the Rhondda Heritage Park, a tourist attraction reflecting industrial life of coal mining Rhondda.

History[edit]

The Lewis Merthyr Colliery now part of the Rhondda Heritage Park

The 1847 tithe map of the area shows a number of farms on the area that was to become Trehafod, these were named, Hafod Uchaf, Hafod Ganol and Hafod Fawr. It was from these farms that Trehafod was to take its name. Hafod is a Welsh word that can mean "summer dwelling" or "upland farm".

Trehafod railway station lies on the Rhondda Line which follows the River Rhondda; the railway line and river border the village on either side.

Trehafod is now most famous for the Rhondda Heritage Park which was once the Lewis Merthyr colliery, at the peak time for coal mining production, one of the most productive collieries in the South Wales Coalfield.

Due to the river flowing very close to a lot of houses within the village there have been a number of floodings. The biggest floods were in 1960, which claimed the life of one man who lived in Afon street. Afon is a Welsh word that means river. In most streets, the whole lower level of buildings was submerged by water. Other years that floodings have occurred were 1921, 1929, 1979 and most recently in the mid 1990s. In the late 1990s the Trehafod stretch of the Rhondda river bank was reinforced, in an effort to prevent future floodings.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 15 November 2015.