15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Rhondda Valleys!

16 September 2014

1) 80% of the Rhondda Cynon Taff is countryside.

2) There are more women in the Rhondda than men, with a majority of them being in the age group of 25-44.

3) However, the Sheep population in the Rhondda is four times greater than that of humans.

4) The wettest Welsh day ever was recorded in the Rhondda on November 11th 1929, recorded at 8.44 inches of rainfall.

5) Theories suggest that the Welsh National Anthem was first called ‘Glan Rhondda’ (banks of the Rhondda) as it was written by James James whilst walking along the Rhondda river.

6) Kylie Minogue, Anthony Hopkins, Donny Osmond and Tom Cruise are among some of the celebrities across the world with Welsh ancestors.

7) 45% of visits to the Rhondda are one day visits, and of the people who do stay 36% of them stay with either friends of relatives.

8) However, there are 41 recorded hotels/guesthouses in RCT, with only one of these being owned by a branded chain.

9) The Rhondda has 49 attractions spread throughout the County Borough.

10) The Rhondda was visited by 2,532,000 people in 2005 which generated £113.5m for the local economy.

11) The most popular Welsh surnames in the area are Jones, Evans and Davies.

12) The ‘Bwlch’ actually means ‘A Mountain Pass’ in Welsh.

13) In 1885 William ‘Mabon’ Abraham was elected the 1st Labour MP for the Rhondda.

14) The first ever police officer in the Rhondda was PC 20 Ebenezer Jenkins who single-handedly policed the first Rhondda Riot in 1853 which erupted over Railway Ownership.

15) The murder ‘Mystery’ of Tyntila Farm still remains unsolved after 100 years. 22 year old servant Jane Lewis was found dead on what we now know as ‘Penrhys Hill’ with no suspects, no blood stains and only one piece of evidence, a razor blade.

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Kay Warren-Morgan says:

Re number 6-true they all have Welsh connection,but not with the Rhondda Valleys

Brian Pattimore says:

Good morn I am an author writing my second book about the Rhondda Valley would it be possible to include your Artical about 15 things you didn’t know about the Rhondda
Kind regards



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