Gilfach Goch

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Gilfach Goch
Location: 51°43’60"N, 3°28’60"W
Population: 3,436  (2011[1])
Post town: Porth
Postcode: CF39
Local Government
Council: Rhondda Cynon Taf

Gilfach Goch is a small former coal mining village in Glamorgan, near the larger community of Tonyrefail. It is situated in the Little Ogmore Valley between the Large Ogmore Valley to the west and the Rhondda Valley to the east.

The author Richard Llewellyn stayed in Gilfach Goch (1939) for the writing of his novel 'How Green Was My Valley' that is set in a fictional mining village based on Gilfach Goch.[2] Llewellyn would spend long summer holidays with his grandfather in the village.

The oldest building in the village is the Griffin Inn, a public house which is situated in low marshy ground at the bottom of a country lane.

In the 2001 census, of all rural areas with a population over 1,500, Gilfach Goch had the largest percentage of people in the whole of England and Wales who stated that they had no religion.[3][4]

Residents of note

  • Bryn Allen (1921–2005), the Wales international footballer was born in Gilfach Goch.[5]
  • Chief Petty Officer George Henry Prowse VC, DCM (29 August 1896 – 27 September 1918) was a British recipient of the Victoria Cross. He served with the Royal Naval Division during the Gallipoli Campaign and in France on the Western Front where he was killed in action before the award of either of his decorations was announced.


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