Llantwit Fardre

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Llantwit Fardre
Welsh: Llanilltud Faerdref
Location: 51°33’28"N, 3°20’3"W
Population: 6,099  (2011[1])
Post town: Pontypridd
Postcode: CF38
Dialling code: 01443
Local Government
Council: Rhondda Cynon Taf

Llantwit Fardre is a large village and parish situated between Pontypridd and Llantrisant in Glamorgan.


It is believed the name Llantwit Fardre is derived from an old Welsh-language name meaning The Church of St Illtud (Llantwit), on the Home Farm of the Prince (Faerdref) and relates to the land surrendered to the prince of the District by his subject to provide him with an income. St Illtud was a 5th-century Celtic priest who built his second church roughly in the area where the present church stands. He was later famed as the Saint of the Five Keys of youth, learning, chivalry, priesthood and knighthood.

History & Amenities

The parish has a fairly well preserved 12th century motte castle with an intact moat,[2] called Tomen-Y-Clawdd, which is located in the parish village of Tonteg. Coach company Edwards Coaches is based in the town, and was established in 1925.

A station called Llantwit Fardre (and formerly Llantwit Dyffryn Red Ash Colliery) served the village on the [Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction Railway.


Industrialisation began in Llantwit Fardre in the late 17th century with the introduction of stone quarrying and coal mining. With the decline of coal mining the local populace tend to commute to work.

Between 1959 and 1973 Gilbern cars were manufactured in the village.[3]


Llantwit Fardre has both a football and rugby union team: Llantwit Fardre AFC and Llantwit Fardre RFC respectively.

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