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Pontypridd, Glamorgan, in the Welsh Valleys

'There are some things me and the missus just don't talk about!' How Tom Jones stayed married for 55 years

Home sweet home: Tom Jones and his wife Linda both come from Pontypridd, Glamorgan, in the Welsh Valleys

Rear of terrace, from the alley. Grey, bleak, cramped. The hill beyond is another world.

Rear of terrace, from the alley.

St Fagans National History Museum - Museum of Welsh Life, Cardiff, south Wales

St Fagans National History Museum - Museum of Welsh Life, Cardiff, south Wales, UK.

Welsh mining family

Image of welsh miners and their families outside their houses, 23 june by Science & Society Picture Library

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pontypridd wales | eglwysilan groeswen chapel congregational

Welsh Chapels and Churches Pontypridd and area, Glamorganshire

Ebbw Vale in 1966

The unbearable sadness of the valleys

Many parts of the UK have suffered from the decline of heavy industry, but the Welsh valleys are a grim emblem of the despair that lack of work can create, writes Mark Easton for The Editors, a programme which sets out to ask challenging questions.

Old ponty

Old ponty

Pontypridd is both a community and a principal town of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, and is situated 12 miles/19 km north of the Welsh capital city of Cardiff. Pontypridd is often abbreviated "Ponty" by local residents.

Pontypridd is both a community and a principal town of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, and is situated 12 km north of the Welsh capital city of Cardiff. Pontypridd is often abbreviated "Ponty" by local residents.

Picture of Rhondda Valley  South Wales Pentre, my home village

Picture of Rhondda Valley South Wales Pentre,

1860s ABERYSTWYTH Wales - The original Castle Hotel - Albumen Photo 6" by 4" in Collectables, Photographic Images, Antique (Pre-1940) | eBay

1860s ABERYSTWYTH Wales - The original Castle Hotel - Albumen Photo 6" by 4"

1860s ABERYSTWYTH Wales - The original Castle Hotel - Albumen Photo 6" by 4" in Collectables, Photographic Images, Antique (Pre-1940) | eBay

How green was my Valley

How Green Was My Valley Huw Morgan: [narrating] Men like my father cannot die. They are with me still, real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever.

Pontypridd stands on the banks of the River Taff and the River Rhondda as the gateway to the valleys beyond – and the mineral and coal riches that were exploited between the late 1700′s and the 1980′s. From its first bridge in 1750, built to allow travel to market without crossing a deadly river ford, via what is possibly the world’s oldest surviving railway bridge, to the modern road bridges of today, it has always been necessary to bridge the rivers at Pontypridd in order to get from A to…

TVR railway bridge, By Stuart Herbert Taff Vale Railway Bridge built 1885

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