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Treforest (Welsh: Trefforest) is a veelage in the sooth-east o Pontypridd in the coonty burgh o Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales situatit in the Treforest electoral waird alang wi the veelage o Glyntaff (or Glyn-Taf), bein pairt o the Pontypridd Commonty. Wi Treforest runnin alang the wast banks o the River Taff (Welsh: Afon Taf) while Glyntaff runs alang its east banks.
Treforest extends frae immediately sooth east o Ynysangharad Park whaur the A4058 link frae the A470 joins the A473 Broadway (sooth o the adjoining wairds o Graig an Trallwn), aw the wey tae join the Tonteg waird in the sooth (pairt o the commonty o Llantwit Fardre).
The veelage is historically connectit wi the Crawshay faimily who established a major tinplate wirks in 1835. Treforest is nou kent for its association wi the Varsity o Sooth Wales, oreeginally established as The Schuil o Mines at Treforest in 1913.
The confusingly namit Treforest Industrial Estate is no pairt o Treforest or its electoral waird, maist o which is no even athin Pontypridd. Insteid this faws pairtly athin the aurie o Upper Boat (Pontypridd), but maistly athin the Willowford aurie o Ton-Teg (Llantwit Fardre) an Nantgarw (Taffs Well waird)
Transport[eedit | eedit soorce]
Treforest haes ane railwey station, Treforest (Treforest Estate is in The Willowford aurie atween Tonteg an Nantgarw). The station is locatit on the Merthyr an Rhondda lines atween Pontypridd an Treforest Estate railwey stations.
Eddication[eedit | eedit soorce]
Treforest is hame tae twa primar schuils, Parc Lewis an St. Michael's, tho a third schuil, Trefforest Primar, closed in 2006 despite the petitions frae parents, govrenors an local cooncillors as a result o a process commencit bi the 1999–2004 administration on the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. The Varsity o Sooth Wales' Trefforest campus is locatit in the veelage.
Cultur[eedit | eedit soorce]
The population o Treforest consists substantially o students livin awa frae hame, who aften leave the veelage durin the simmer months an return in the new academic year. Notable bars an pubs in the aurie include The Otley Arms, 'The Forest' (or, as it's formally kent, the cot), Gecko Bar tapas bar, an The Pick & Shovel. Treforest is hame tae association fitbaa team Treforest Town F.C., this mid sisit semi-profeesional club haes a purpose-built stadium an club facilities.
Treforest Estate[eedit | eedit soorce]
The Treforest Trading estate, later renamit Treforest Industrial Estate, oreeginatit wi the formation o the 'South Wales and Monmouthshire Trading Estates Ltd.' in Juin 1936. This nan-profit makkin company aimit tae establish ane or mair tradin estates in Wales, an the first sod wis cut on 29 Dizember 1936. Bi the end o 1937, three smaw factories haed been completit an occupeed. The first biggin contract awairdit wis a lairge factory for the British Coated Board and Paper Company Ltd (Wiggins Teape).
Durin Warld War II, the factories on the estate played a major role in the war effort an naitional economy; miny biggins wur requisitioned bi the govrenment an their occupants re-hoosit in makshift biggins awa frae the estate. Extensions an new factories wur built bi govrenment depairtments.
Mony o the companies on the estate wur established bi businessfowk who haed arrivit as refugees frae Nazi-dominatit Europe. They haed aften been able tae bring money an equipment wi thaim.
Bi 1944, amaist 16,000 fowk wur bein employed on the Estate. In 1960, the estate came unner the control o the 'Welsh Industrial Estates Corporation' an later the Welsh Development Agency.
Notable fowk frae Treforest[eedit | eedit soorce]
Tom Jones[eedit | eedit soorce]
Treforest is the birthplace o sangster an 1960s an 1970s sex seembol, Tom Jones, who wis born on 7 Juin 1940 at 57, Kingsland Terrace, Treforest. Tom haes a telephone box in his Los Angeles hame frae Pontypridd, which he importit as a souvenir o Wales.
Morfydd Llwyn Owen[eedit | eedit soorce]
Morfydd Llwyn Owen (1891–1918) wis a Welsh componer born in Treforest an educatit at the Royal Academy of Music, Lunnon. She wrote hymns, choral muisic an orchestral wirks aften inspired by Welsh literacy and folk songs. In 1917 she marriet psychoanalyst Ernest Jones, but she dee'd the follaeing year at the age o 26.
Meic Stephens[eedit | eedit soorce]
Tourist attraction[eedit | eedit soorce]
A notable tourist attraction, The World of Groggs is on the Broadway in Treforest.
Places o worship[eedit | eedit soorce]
A nummer o places o worship exist in Treforest. The Varsity o Sooth Wales affers a chaplaincy service. The chaplaincy occasionally provides services in conjunction wi Castle Square United Reformed Church an aw. Ither Christian kirks in the veelage include St Dyfrig's Roman Catholic kirk aff Broadway an Calvary Baptist Kirk aff Wood Road. Thare are ower twa auld Synagogues no in uise ony mair.
References[eedit | eedit soorce]
- Office of National Statistics
- The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) pg896 ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6
- The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) pg639 ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6