Treorchy Past and Present

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Treorchy (Welsh: Treorci) is a village and community (and electoral ward) in Wales. Once a town, it retains the characteristics of a town. Situated in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf in the Rhondda Fawr valley. Treorchy is also one of the 16 communities of the Rhondda. It includes the villages of Cwmparc and Ynyswen.

Treorchy had been established when the Abergorki Colliery, situated in Cwm Orci to the north, was opened as a level in 1859 by a Mr Huxham, a former manager of the Bute Merthyr Colliery,

This was sold to J. H. Insole of Cymmer in 1862. The first deep mine in Treorchy was sunk in the 1860s by David Davies of Llandinam who would later own the Ocean Coal Company. The initial development of the town was linear, based on the main road through the valley, but by 1875 a grid pattern of streets was emerging


  • Treorchy Primary School
  • Treorchy Comprehensive

Coal Mines and There Original Owners

  • Tylecoch Colliery, J.Carr, Morrsion & Co
  • Abergorchy Level, Huxham, Hopkin & Morgan
  • Glyncoli Level, C James
  • Ynyswen Level, Morgan Jones

Notable People

  • Euros Bowen (1904–1988) – Welsh poet and bard(Profile Needed)
  • Billy Cleaver (1921–2003) – Wales international rugby player(profile Needed)
  • Donald Davies (1924–2000) – Computer scientist(Profile Needed)
  • John Davies (1938–2015) – Welsh historian(Profile Needed)
  • Peter George (1924–66) – author and Oscar nominated screenwriter(Profile Needed)
  • Noel Kinsey (1925) – Welsh international footballer(Profile Needed)
  • Wayne Jones (1948) – Welsh international footballer(Need Profile Creating)
  • Clive Thomas (1936) – World Cup football referee(Profile Needed Creating)
  • Frank Vickery (1951-2018) – Playwright(May Need Profile Creating)
  • Geraint Williams (1962) – Welsh international footballer(May Need Profile Creating

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Hi Steph,

Please can you add this to the top of this lovely page. In this way anyone going to the Treorchy Category Page will see this as a link. The more people that can enjoy it the better. Cheers Steve

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