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Maerdy is a town in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taff, traditional county of Glamorgan, south Wales, lying at the head of the Rhondda Fach Valley. The town grew around the coal mining industry, but its pit shut in 1990. "Maerdy" is a Welsh word meaning "house of the mayor", and may indicate a medieval origin.

Maerdy was known in the mid-twentieth century for its people's support for the Communist Party of Great Britain and was sometimes called Little Moscow. The town may have inspired Lewis Jones' novel Cwmardy.

The name Maerdy is also thought to be the origin of the Northern English colloqiualism Mardy meaning moody. During the General Strike of 1926, miners from the Maerdy area were sent to Staffordshire and thereabouts to take the place of belligerent locals. Neither these imported miners nor those they replaced were all too thrilled. Locals would mutter darkly when they saw them - 'They're Maerdy.' Since 'mardy' is slightly easier to say, the pronunciation shifted and evolved.


 Libraries:
 Maerdy Library
       North Terrace
       Maerdy
       CF43 4DD
 01443 731914
 Mon 2:00pm-5:15pm
       Tue 9:30am-1:00pm
       Wed 1:00pm-5:15pm
       Thur 9:30am-1:00pm
       Fri 3:00pm-6:00pm
       Sat 9:00am-12:00 noon


 Pubs/Bars:
 The Hotel
       Ceridwen Street
       Maerdy
       Ferndale
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF43 4DA
 01443 757599

 Maerdy Hotel
       Maerdy Road
       Maerdy
       Ferndale
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF43 4BA


 Other:
 Ferndale Swimming Pool
       Excelsior Terrace
       Maerdy
       Ferndale
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF43 4AP
 01443 755412

 Maerdy Conservative Club
       Richard Street
       Maerdy
       Ferndale
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF43 4AN
 01443 732195

 The Mardy Ex-Servicemans Club Ltd
       50a Richard Street
       Maerdy
       Ferndale
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF43 4AU
 01443 732190

 Maerdy Social Club & Institute Ltd
       Church Street
       Maerdy
       Ferndale
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF43 4DB
 01443 732263



 

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