Church Tourism

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It has been said that in Bygone days Merthyr Tydfil resembled a wild, frontier town. Yet, even at its most turbulent, Merthyr had a strong vein of religious tradition – from early Christians, including Saint Tydfil who gave the town its name, to Blaencanaid Farm’s role in the emerging non-conformity of the C17th, to record attendance numbers and various faiths practiced during the Industrial Revolution.

In addition to the self-evident religious legacy of this history the remaining physical places of worship offer a value quite separate from the intrinsic worth to the faithful – these buildings, often of protracted age, reveal an architectural narrative of times they ‘lived’ through while their burial areas can tell so much about the people of the town’s past.

Here is just a taste of the histories these buildings hold.

The old Vaynor church was destroyed in battle of Maesvaynor 1291 and centuries later the tower of the replacement building was used as a jail.

St John’s church in Dowlais was restored through funding by the Ironmaster John Josiah Guest – when he died he was buried under the building.

St Tydfil’s is repeatedly built on the resting place of the slain Saint Tydfil (Merthyr translates as burial place of the Martyr – thus we get Merthyr Tydfil).

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Merthyr Tydfil’s role in ambitious Atlantic Area Programme trails project

Merthyr Tydfil’s role in ambitious Atlantic Area Programme trails project

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is playing a prominent role in an international initiative aimed at encouraging visitors and residents to make the most of the environment on their doorsteps.

The EU-funded Atlantic Area Project, the Trail Gazers…

Work on new Merthyr Tydfil bus station about to start

Work on new Merthyr Tydfil bus station about to start

Work is about to begin on Merthyr Tydfil’s new multimillion-pound town centre bus station, the County Borough Council has announced.

Construction is due to start on the former police station site in Swan Street on July 15, with an expected completion…

Pop Up Chilli Fest 2019

Pop Up Chilli Fest 2019

Pop Up Chilli Fest

If you like it hot, this is the event for you as Merthyr hosts its annual awesome Chilli Fest. Taking place on Saturday 22 June in Penderyn Squa…