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Welsh: Llwyn-y-pïa

Llwynypia Road from Tonypandy
Llwynypia is located in Rhondda Cynon Taf
 Llwynypia shown within Rhondda Cynon Taf
Population 2,253 [1]
OS grid reference
Principal area Rhondda Cynon Taf
Ceremonial county Mid Glamorgan
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CF40
Dialling code 01443
Police South Wales
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Rhondda
Welsh Assembly Rhondda
List of places
Rhondda Cynon Taf

Llwynypia (Welsh: Llwyn-y-pïa ) is a village and community in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, near Tonypandy in the Rhondda Fawr Valley. Before 1850 a lightly populated rural farming area, Llwynypia experienced a population boom between 1860 and 1920 with the sinking of several coal mines after the discovery of large coal deposits throughout the Rhondda Valleys.

The Welsh name means "the grove of the Magpie" or "Magpie's Bush" and was taken from the name of a farm that once existed in the area.


  • Early history 1
  • Notable buildings 2
  • Transport 3
  • Sport and leisure 4
  • Notable people 5
  • External links 6
  • References 7

Early history

Situated on the River Rhondda Fawr where the river changes direction from south-east to southerly, Llwynypia holds evidence of human habitation from the Bronze Age through to modern times. On Mynydd y Gelli, a hill overlooking the area to the west, lies the Iron Age settlement of Hen Dre'r Gelli, a site which also has several Bronze Age cairns.

Llwynypia looking north towards Llwynypia Hospital, (c. 1912)
Looking south over Llwynypia from the Llwynypia Hospital
Statue of Archibald Hood originally stood in front of the now demolished Miners' Institute, known locally as "The Library"
One of the narrow terraces of miners' cottages

In 1850 the first mine was sunk in the upper Rhondda in William Abraham outside the Llwynypia Miners' institute. Much of the cost of the statue was met by donations from the miners of his pits.

In 1908 the Glamorgan Colliery became part of the Cambrian Combine Company and, in 1910-1911, was a scene of violent clashes during the Tonypandy Riots.

The very high quality of Rhondda coal was recognised by the Admiralty which specified it as the fuel of choice for the steam ships of the Royal Navy from the late 19th century. The Llwynypia pits were extracting excellent coking coals and, by the time of World War I, the village housed around 140 coke ovens. By-products of the coke distillation process was used to light the mines and the narrow streets of miners' cottages known as "terraces". Some of the terraces have been widened but others remain so narrow that a single car can barely pass through.

On 25 January 1932, a gas explosion occurred at the colliery. Eleven workers were killed in the incident, two of whom were members of the rescue party. All perished after inhaling afterdamp following the explosion.

By 1936, of the original six pits opened at the Glamorgan, two remained in operation, employing only 560 workers, as against 2904 employed in 1923. The colliery was eventually closed in August 1945.

Notable buildings

Built in the early 1900s on the site of the Glyncornel farm, owned by the DeWinton family, Hen Glyncornel is one of the most imposing houses in the village. Built by Archibald Hood for his son William, this building was then surpassed by nearby Glyncornel House which was built by the Cambrian Coal Combine for senior management, but was turned into a maternity hospital in 1939 by Rhondda Borough Council.[2]

Llwynypia is also home to the largest hospital in the Rhondda. Llwynypia hospital was built in the early 1900s, originally as a Royal Glamorgan Hospital.


The Llwynypia railway station is served and operated by Arriva Trains Wales on the Rhondda Line from Cardiff.

Sport and leisure

Llwynypia was once home to Welsh Rugby Union providing many trialists and Welsh international rugby union players. The club disbanded in the 1930s during the depression like many Rhondda clubs, but unlike teams such as Treherbert, did not recover.

Welsh international footballer Rob Page was born in the village.

Llwynypia is the spiritual home of Field Archery in the UK. The Glyncornel Field Archery Centre became the home of Pentref Bowmen in 1967. The Club hosted the All British & Open Field Archery Championships for the first 25 years from its inception in 1967. It now hosts the national championships on a rotational basis with other UK venues.

The Field Archery World Championships were held at Glyncornel in September 1970. A clubhouse was built for the event and is still used for year round indoor shooting.

The World Championships returned 38 years later when Llwynypia held the qualification rounds of the 2008 World Field Archery Championships.[3]

Notable people

External links

  • Llwynypia Community Website
  • : photos of Llwynypia and surrounding area
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf Library Services Heritage Trail Llwynypia


  1. ^ Register of National Statistics (2001)
  2. ^ Llwynypia page, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
  3. ^ Sports Council Wales
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