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Ton Pentre is a village near Treorchy in Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales.

It is, perhaps, best known for an incident in 1924, when The Duke of York (later George VI of the United Kingdom) played a round of golf with Frank Hodges.

The old district of Ystradyfodwg was named after the church at Ton Pentre. The village is served by Ton Pentre railway station.

Socio-Economic History
Ton Pentre (as with the rest of the Rhondda Valley) was technically only a hamlet before the onset of the industrial revolution. When it became viable to mine anthracite coal in deep shaft pits in the mid 1800s, many pits were sunk in the Rhondda valley, one of which was located in Ton Pentre - The Maindy Colliery. It was the individual collieries that were at the heart of the separate 'villages' that emerged on the valley floor as they were the major employers in the area. At the height of the coal mining industry Ton Pentre would have been home to a few thousand people living in high density terraced houses that spanned the whole valley.

The village itself has seen a marked decline in commerce and industry associated with the area since the demise of the coal industry in the 1980s after the UK miners' strike (1984-1985). This has also been a contributory factor in the social deprivation that has stricken the area and leaves the South Wales Valleys with high unemployment, substance addiction problems and the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Western Europe.

However, recent regeneration is changing the fortunes of the area. The influence of the M4 corridor and the economic boom in Cardiff has meant that the Rhondda valleys are increasingly becoming commuter zones for the Cardiff and Swansea districts.

Notable Historic Features
There is a bronze age hillfort located on the Bwlch mountain behind the village. The area has been inhabited for at least 3000 years, and bronze is still mined (opencast) nearby. Consultants from over at Tower Colliery have helped to expand mined production of 'Ton Bronze (t/m) ', and the Welsh Development Agency are helping with the branding and marketing abroad "Ton Bronze - Bronze from Ton".

The largest colliery in the area; Maindy Colliery, was established in Ton-Pentre when the first mine was sunk by David Davies (industrialist) & Partners in 1864. The mine was near closure in 1866 when the Six Feet seam was discovered. This sustained production of coal until 1948.


 Football in Ton Pentre:
 Ton Pentre AFC
       Club House
       Sawmill Villa
       Pentre
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF41 7AF
 01443 432813


 Libraries in Ton Pentre:
 Ton Pentre Library
       Church Road
       Ton Pentre
       CF41 7EF
 01443 435428
 Mon 9:30am-5:15pm
       Tue 9:30am-5:15pm
       Wed 9:30am-5:15pm
       Thur 9:30am-5:15pm
       Fri 1:00pm-8:00pm
       Sat 9:00am-12:00noon
 Wheelchair Access


 Cinemas in Ton Pentre:
 Phoenix Community Cinema Theatre
       Church Road
       Ton Pentre
       Mid Glam
       CF41 7EH
 01443 425982
 http://www.rcbi.co.uk/cinema.html


 Pubs/Bars in Ton Pentre:
 New Inn
       15 Church Road
       Ton Pentre, Pentre
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF41 7ED
 01443 438775


 Cafes in Ton Pentre:
 Fagins Cafe Bar
       Church Road
       Ton Pentre
       Pentre
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF41 7EH
 01443 422773


 Take Aways in Ton Pentre:
 A Fish Called Rhondda
       20 Church Road
       Ton Pentre
       Pentre
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF41 7ED
 01443 430477

 Lotus House
 32 Church Road
       Ton Pentre
       Pentre
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF41 7EB
 01443 435367

 Valley Tandoori
 22 Church Road
       Ton Pentre
       Pentre
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF41 7ED
 01443 422000


 Other in Ton Pentre:
 Maindy Conservative Club Ltd
       7 Queen Street
       Ton Pentre
       Pentre
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF41 7HE
 01443 434691

 Ton & Pentre Club Ltd
       50 Ystrad Road
       Pentre
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF41 7PH
 01443 432855


 Schools/Colleges in Ton Pentre:
 Ton Infants School
       School Street
       Ton Pentre
       Rhondda Cynon Taff
       CF41 7LS
 01443 435438

 Ton Pentre Junior School
       Bailey Street
       Ton Pentre
       Pentre
       CF41 7EL
 01443 435436



 

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