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Treorchy

 

"Treorchy... can truly claim to be the cultural capital of Fawr and Fach..."

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Treorchy

The name of Treorchy is indelibly linked the World over with the famous Treorchy Male Voice Choir, and indeed this town, the only one in the Rhondda ever to host the National Eisteddfod, can truly claim to be the cultural capital of Fawr and Fach, with the award- winning Parc & Dare Brass band, a Choral Society and the Parc and Dare Theatre all based in the town.

Linked by regular trains on the Rhondda line with Tonypandy, Pontypridd and Cardiff, and by bus with all the communities of the Rhondda Fawr, Treorchy is also a major road junction where routes from Hirwaun, Pontypridd, Bridgend and Port Talbot all converge.

The broad high street stretches for nearly a mile along the valley floor and is filled with small shops selling every conceivable product. There are craft shops and carpet shops, upholsterers and butchers and bakers and sports shops all vying for space with the banks and building societies, solicitors and cafés, whilst the Stag Hotel thrives on real ale. A short stroll up the street from the Stag and there may well be a small crowd looking at fantastically ornate carved chairs on display at Touchwood Furniture Manufacturers and Restorers whose shop still retains an interior of Victorian tilework, which is also a feature of C J Morris Cigydd Teulu. Further along, there is a branch of CF40 Haircutters (also in Tonypandy) where a relaxed and friendly ambience combine with professional style to make this one of the top hair stylists in Britain.Over the river an open-air market is held on Thursdays.

"... a major venue for both films and live entertainment..."

The Parc and Dare Theatre, built in 1903 and extended in 1913, was originally the theatre and library for the men of the Parc and Dare Collieries, named after the suburb of Cwmparc and the Nant Dâr stream respectively Over the years, the theatre has become a major venue for both films and live entertainment, used by many of the Rhondda's famous choirs and bands and by professional companies such as Welsh National Opera, and recently the Russian Cossack State Dancers!

All around Treorchy the mountain ridges rise above 1500 feet and there are spectacular drives across to Bridgend and Port Talbot via the A4061 and A4107, and across the Rhigos Mountain to Hirwaun via the A4061 – some of the highest A-roads in Britain, giving spectacular views from the Bristol Channel and Exmoor to the Brecon Beacons. No wonder Treorchy is the home of song!