Waterfall on the River Taff near Pontypridd
Photo: Nantcoly CCL
|Lying at the
confluence of rivers Taff and Rhondda,
Ponypridd was the home of the popular singer
Thomas Jones Woodward (aka Tom Jones), who was
born here in 1940, and Evan James, the weaver
who penned the Welsh National Anthem, ‘Land of
My Fathers’, in 1856. The great opera singer
Geraint Evans also worked here as a teenager.
Equally famous is the town’s huge 18th century bridge spanning the Taff. A local stonemason, William Edwards, built it after an earlier attempt ended in disaster. Beside the bridge is a museum considered to be one of the finest in the region.