Welsh: Pentre'r Eglwys
Old Carnegie Library, Church Village
|Council:||Rhondda Cynon Taf|
Church Village is a large village in the Taff Vale of Glamorgan, by Llantwit Fardre. The village is centrally located being around 4 miles from the local principal towns of Llantrisant to the southwest and Pontypridd to the north and is situated around 10 miles northwest of Cardiff city centre. Historically it was known as Cross Inn.
Church Village itself does not share the extent of industrial mining heritage of much of the rest of the county and largely comprises new and recent build housing. It is a rapidly growing urban area, today almost a town rather than a village, being much sought after to live in due to its proximity to Cardiff and Pontyclun.
There are three churches in Church Village:
- Church in Wales: St Illtyd's, the Parish church
- Capel Y Bedyddwyr Cymraeg Salem (Salem Welsh Baptist Chapel, with English and Welsh services)
- Bethel Baptist Chapel
The three churches have a strong and healthy relationship between them which is constantly developing.
The Parish church, St Illtyd's, has been serving the community for hundreds of years, but Salem and Bethel have developed in the last 100 years. Bethel was formed owing to schism, a congregation wishing for services in English while Salem at the time persisted in having services in Welsh only. In the last 50 years Salem has adopted an evening English service and is enjoying a morning family service under the current Pastor.
Salem Chapel is widely known as the chapel (and resting place) of former Deacon and Arweinydd y gan, John Hughes, who wrote the famous hymn tune "Cwm Rhondda" (sung in English as "Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer").