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Ystrad (also known as Ystrad Rhondda or Ystrad-Rhondda) is a community and village in the Rhondda Fawr valley, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales. As a community and ward Ystrad contains the neighbouring district of Gelli. Ystrad is a former coal mining village which was once housed the most profitable collieries belonging to the Cory brothers.
Ystrad is long and narrow, a main road where most amenities can be found, and a series of smaller residential streets lined with the terraces associated with the area. The majority of housing stock is the classic South Wales valleys terrace with infills of new build.
The Rhondda Fawr River runs through the village, separating it from Gelli on the southern bank.
Like most former coal mining communities in the South Wales Coalfield, Ystrad is remarkably self-contained. There is a very strong community in Ystrad Rhondda - a common feature of these mining towns. The Ystrad Rhondda railway station is on the Rhondda Line opened by British Rail.
The Church of St Stephen is part of the Church in Wales Parish of Trealaw with Ystrad Rhondda with Ynyscynon in the Diocese of Llandaff. The church was built in 1895-1896.
Sport and leisure
Residents of note
- Jill Evans, Plaid Cymru MEP
- Ben Bowen Thomas, civil servant and educationalist
- Mel Hopkins, Wales international football player
- Rex Willis, Wales rugby union captain and British Lion
- Ernest Zobole, artist
- Michael Griffiths, Wales rugby union and British Lion
- Slaters Commercial Directory: Treherbert and Ystrad-Rhondda
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Ystrad and surrounding area
- Welsh Coal Mines website - check out the histories of the local pits