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Ystrad Railway Station.jpg
Ystrad is located in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Location within Rhondda Cynon Taf
Population5,854 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSS994947
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPENTRE
Postcode districtCF41
Dialling code01443
PoliceSouth Wales
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Rhondda Cynon Taf
51°38′34″N 3°27′14″W / 51.642827°N 3.453853°W / 51.642827; -3.453853Coordinates: 51°38′34″N 3°27′14″W / 51.642827°N 3.453853°W / 51.642827; -3.453853

Ystrad (also known as Ystrad Rhondda or Ystrad-Rhondda) is a village and community (and electoral ward) 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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, Ystrad Rhondda (Church in Wales)

The oldest Baptist chapel in the Rhondda, and originally known as Ynysfach Chapel, Nebo was located at Ystrad.[2] It was demolished in the early 1980s.

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.


The Ystrad electoral ward is coterminous with the borders of the Ystrad community[3] and elects two county councillors to Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. From 1995 to 2004 it was represented by Plaid Cymru. Between 2004 and 2017 it was represented by the Labour Party[4] though at the May 2017 election Plaid Cymru re-took the ward.[5]

Sport and leisure[edit]

Ystrad is home to rugby union team Ystrad Rhondda RFC, a Welsh Rugby Union affiliated team who play in the 2nd tier of the Welsh rugby leagues. It is also the location of the Rhondda Sports Centre.

Residents of note[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Pillars of Faith website". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Election maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  4. ^ Rhondda Cyon Taff County Borough Council Election Results 1995-2012, The Election Centre. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  5. ^ County Borough Council Elections 2017, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Retrieved 27 October 2018.