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Blue Plaques


Cyclist Arthur Linton

The heroes, sporting stars and industrial/cultural achievements of Rhondda Cynon Taf are celebrated via Blue Plaques.

These have been placed on the former homes or locations of people and events of note in our rich and varied history.

From Hollywood film stars to sporting legends who paved the way for Sir Bradley Wiggins and the much-loved Welsh Football Team.

In partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have placed the plaques to draw attention to these people and events of note and also devised a fascinating Heritage Trail for visitors to enjoy.

Former residents and events celebrated through the Blue Plaques include:

  • Cyclist Arthur Linton, "Champion Cyclist of the World" who won the 1896 Bordeaux to Paris race which has since become the Tour De France.
  • Football manager Jimmy Murphy who stepped in to train and hone the skills of Manchester United's "Busby Babes" following the catastrophic Munich Air Disaster of 1958. He is also the only man, to date, to take Wales to the World Cup.
  • Castell Nos, a Medieval castle the remains of which are located in Maerdy.
  • Hollywood actor Don Houston.