Pontypridd is a town in south Wales, about 25 kilometers north of Cardiff. It has a population of about 33,000 inhabitants. It belongs to the local government district of Rhondda Cynon Taf in Trefforest district of the famous musician Tom Jones was born.

The name Pontypridd is from the Welsh, meaning " Bridge on the earthen house". The bridge is the bridge over the River Taff, which is located in the vicinity of the place meant. The city is famous for this 1755 built by William Edwards stone bridge.

The city was once a center of the British steel industry and had as one of the most important traffic points for the transport of coal and iron, the longest railway siding in the UK.

Pontypridd is home to the University of Glamorgan, in 1992 from the Polytechnic of Wales ( founded in 1913 as the South Wales and Monmouth School of Mines, later Glamorgan College of Technology and Glamorgan Polytechnic ) gave rise to the.


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Dale Appleby ( born 1986 ), cyclist
  • Phil Campbell ( b. 1961 ), guitarist
  • Sir Tom Jones ( born 1940 ), singer
  • Alun Morgan ( born 1928 ), jazz critics and jazz author
  • Elaine Morgan ( * 1920 ), writer and science writer
  • Merlyn Rees (1920-2006), politician
  • Chris Slade ( born 1946 ), drummer
  • Lee Gaze ( born 1985 ), lead guitarist of the Lostprophets
  • Mike Lewis ( born 1984 ), rhythm guitarist of the Lostprophets

Notable artists

  • Lostprophets