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Living in Trecynon: The Local Area Guide

Trecynon is a peaceful and historic village located within the Cynon Valley, in the South of Wales, close to Aberdare. The small community was previously known as Heol-y-Felin, translated as Mill Street, because it was situated close to the Local Llwydcoed Mill. The name was retained until the mid-19th Century, after which a new name was adopted. Trecynon was decided as a name for the village in a competition held locally. Right up until 1800, there was a single house populating the small settlement, known then as Heol-y-felin. However the opening of the Aberdare Ironworks at Llwydcoed brought in many iron workers. The village then continued to develop and grow in population, despite the closure of the Ironworks in 1875.

Trecynon now entices vast amounts of visitors to its famous Aberdare Park. The park was opened to the public by Richard Fothergill in 1869. The perfectly preserved Victorian park is an ideal location for leisurely exercise and recreational activities. It is also home to Lord Merthyr’s lavish fountain, created to commemorate the coronation of King George V. Aberdare Park encourages visitors to attend its Park Road Races, which began after the Second World War, in the 1950s. The races make Aberdare Park renowned throughout Britain, as the only race circuit positioned less than 1/2 mile from the town centre. Furthermore, it is a place where many records have been broken, including Carl Fogarty’s 1988 Welsh Open lap record.

Sources: Rhondda Cynon Taf Library Service & Aberdare Park Road Races Website.


The latest UK Census indicates that the nearby town of Aberdare has a population which stands at 31,705. Meanwhile the mean age of the town is 39.8, and it has a median age of 40. Around 17% of inhabitants are aged 65 or over, while more than 21% of the population is under the age of 18. Immigration as a whole is relatively low, with 96.9% of the population born in the United Kingdom and 2.1% born out of the European Union. 20% of the population in this area have knowledge of the Welsh language, a similar percentage to the rest of the country.

The village has a high rate of home ownership, with 36.5% of properties being privately owned and 34.5% being paid with a mortgage.

Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.


Trecynon is home to Comin Infant and Comin Junior Schools; situated on connecting sites. There is also a nearby secondary school and a further education college. Aberdare Community School is a secondary school which accepts pupils aged up to age 18. It is located a short drive from the village, in the nearby town of Aberdare. Aberdare Park Primary School caters to children from 3-11 years and also has facilities to support children with complex learning difficulties.


Trecynon has two nearby train stations. The Cwmbach Railway Station offers services to Aberdare, Cardiff Central, Barry Island and Pontypridd. Meanwhile, Aberdare Railway Station offers a half-hourly service to Barry Island. Both can be accessed via bus services or are a quick drive away.

Motorists can enjoy convenient road connections from Trecynon to the city of Cardiff via the A4233.

Amenities and shopping

In Trecynon there is a popular local bakery, a post office, and takeaway restaurants. The community also has a variety of grocery and convenience stores to shop in. In nearby Aberdare, there are also a number of popular supermarket superstores to buy groceries from. Bus services run throughout the day into town, allowing for easy access. The village is also home to The Coliseum Theatre, a thriving, 650 seat venue that hosts plays, musicals, live music, comedy and dance performances.

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