Pontycymer, Mid Glamorgan
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Pontycymer and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Richard Street

I was born at 18 Richard Street, Pontycymer. My mother was Mary and my father was Brynley, a coal miner. I went to the Welsh School at Bridgend Road and then to Garw Grammar School. I loved growing up in the valley. Honest hard working people. Miss the valley. Currently living in Madison, Wisconsin, USA with my wife Miriam. ...Read full memory

A memory of Pontycymer by David Harris

Oxford Street

The hill at the front, sharp left is indeed Alexandra Road and the pub is the Squirrel. The shop on the front left is Peglers Grocers and this became a Chinese Takeaway in about 1970 and is still one today. Just up from that is Emlyn Powell's butchers shop. Front right is Joe Polledri's cafe. Joe was a lovely man who only ...Read full memory

A memory of Pontycymer by David Jones


My father, John Baugh, was born in 1936 and lived in Pontycymer with his parents, Oliver and Doris, in Park Street. He had a sister, Patricia - known as Anne, and a brother, George Brian. I am trying to get together some photos for a more interesting Christmas present than the usual jumper. Does anyone remember him?

A memory of Pontycymer by Linda Butler