Funeral - Cremations

Glyntaff Crematorium was opened in 1924, the sixteenth to open in Great Britian, but, for almost thirty years, the only Crematorium serving the whole of Wales.

There are two chapels, both of traditional design, and these, together with the beauty of the gardens, add to the dignity and peacefulness of the Crematorium.  

Cremations can take place Monday to Friday, every forty-five minutes between 9.00 a.m. and 3.45 p.m. A Cremation service can last for a maximum of twenty minutes, which then allows time for the mourners of the service to leave the Crematorium before the mourners for the next service start to arrive. However extra time can be booked for an additional fee if required. 

The Crematorium was established within the existing Cemetery in Glyntaff which had opened in 1874. It is unique in its position as the oldest Crematorium in Wales, and also in its links with Dr William Price (1800-1893), who lived in Pontypridd and was active in establishing cremation as a legal form of disposal of the dead in Great Britain in 1884. A stained glass memorial window to Dr William Price was placed in the North Chapel in 1966.

All religious and non-religious requirements can be met by the Crematorium. If you have any special requests please make arrangements when booking the service.

At all times cremated remains are given respect. Each cremation is separately carried out promptly following the cremation service and in accordance with the Code of Cremation Practice of the Federation of British Cremation Authorities|.

Following the cremation, the remains may be dealt with according to choice in any of the following ways:

  • Scattering on the Old Gardens Lawns which are situated behind the Columbarium
  • Scattering on the New Memorial Garden Lawns which are situated around the Book of Remembrance Chapel
  • Loosely deposited at an existing or new Rose Bush
  • Interred in the Columbarium
  • Interred in a family plot or grave
  • Interred in a new cremation plot

Remains may also be collected from the Crematorium for interment at another Cemetery or scatter elsewhere according to personal choice.

Cremation staff will carry out your wishes promptly and with dignity. Arrangements may also be made to attend while the remains are being laid to rest at no extra cost. Staff will also be happy to accommodate bereaved families wishes and special arrangements with regard to a service. For example families may wish to organise their own Minister or Officiant.

Opening Times

All crematorium and cemeteries in Rhondda Cynon Taf are open from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm every day of the year including Christmas Day.

(No vehicle access after 4.00 p.m.)

Family History Searches

Staff will be please to assist you with family searches, but this may not always be immediately possible due to other priorities. The best way to obtain this information is to write to the relevant Cemetery Office with the enclosed fee and staff will then search the records at the earliest opportunity. 

Please note you will need as much accurate information as possible, including:

  • Name of deceased - Surname and forenames if possible
  • Age
  • Address at time of death or burial
  • Date of death or burial
  • Cemetery where interred
  • Any further details which may help with the search

The first name search will be free of charge but any additional names will incur a charge of £15 per name.

You can use our online Birth, Death & Marriage search to find records of loved ones who have passed away within the County Borough.

Family History search
Search our Birth, Death and Marriage indexes online.

Contact the relevant Cemetery Offices on the numbers detailed below:

Glyntaff Crematorium / Glyntaff Cemetery / Ty Rhiw Cemetery / Llanharan Cemetery / Cefn Y Parc Cemetery / Trealaw Cemetery / Treorchy Cemetery / Ferndale Cemetery / Penrhys Cemetery

For all of the above please contact:

Cemetery Road
Glyntaff
Pontypridd
CF37 4BE

Tel No: 01443 402810
Fax No: 01443 406052  

Aberdare Cemetery/Maesyarian Cemetery/Abercynon Cemetery/Aberffrwd Cemetery/Brynygaer Cemetery/Ynysybwl Cemetery

For all of the above please contact:

Cemeteries Section
Rock Grounds
Green Street
Aberdare  

Tel No: 01685 885345
Fax No: 01685 885212