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The Bear Inn
Grid reference: ST005805
Location: 51°30’47"N, 3°25’48"W
Population: 3,643  (2011[1])
Post town: Pontyclun
Postcode: CF72
Dialling code: 01443
Local Government
Council: Rhondda Cynon Taf

Llanharry is a small village and parish in Glamorgan, to the south-west of Pontyclun.

Historically Llanharry has been inextricably linked with iron mining as far back as the Roman period and Elizabethan era. The Glamorgan Haematite Iron Ore Mine worked from the early 1900s but closed in 1976;[2] its main ore was goethite, which was used at the local ironworks.[3] Since the closure of its mines and ironworks, Llanharry has been in economic decline, but this is an event that has occurred across most places once dependent on heavy industry. Llanharry's proximity to the M4 motorway has allowed its residents opportunities to commute to work more easily rather than seeking work locally.

Llanharry contains a few small local amenities, such as a corner shop and a hairdressers. There are two public houses in Llanharry: The Bear Inn and the Fox & Hounds. Llanharry also has its own working men's club. At the centre of Llanharry is St Illtud's church which was built in 1867.

Between 1871 and 1951, the village was served by Llanharry railway station, but there is no longer any local rail connection.[4] The nearest station is now Pontyclun. The M4 motorway skirts the southern end of the village, but there is no direct local access to it.

Llanharry has a local football team, Llanharry AFC who play their home games at the recreation ground in Llanharry.

St Illtyd's Parish Church. Llanharry

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  1. "Community population 2015". http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11125940&c=Llanharry&d=16&e=62&g=6494826&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1447676284729&enc=1. Retrieved 16 November 20125. 
  2. The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) pg500 ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6
  3. Glamorgan Archives: Glamorgan Haematite Iron Ore Mine, Llanharry records. Accessed 5 June 2014
  4. Chapman, C. (1984) The Cowbridge Railway. Oxford Publishing Company.