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Brecon Road & Area

Merthyr Tydfil


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Brecon Road, Entrance To Cyfarthfa Park.

(Photograph courtesy of Martin Sullivan)





Tramcar at Brecon Road

The conductor is Tom Havard.


Brecon Road

The main route into Merthyr Tydfil from Brecon was the Brecon Road.

This was once a thriving commercial area. There was a thriving shopping centre here and a large number of public houses. The Bernstein Family lived here at number 86; apparently Moses Abraham went off to Australia for the good of his health leaving his wife with the children to earn a living through their pawn shop business but he then returned after 7 years and they had 4 more children.

The Pandy Farm

The original name suggests the building was originally a fulling mill but the mill was probably nearer the river. The present farm was built in 1816 and then the clock tower was added in 1856. The original clock had 3 faces with one facing the ironworks. The mechanical clock, which could have been heard up to half a mile away was replaced by an electrical one in 1962. 

The Tollgate House

Cattle, sheep, pigs and geese would all be walked in Merthyr via this route to feed the growing industrial population. The placing of toll-gates, bars or chains at strategic points enabled a good deal of revenue to be extracted from travellers. The charges applied to livestock also and farmers taking their animals and produce to market objected to the heavy tolls. Conflicts around the toll houses would often erupt into violence and the ‘Rebecca Riots’ against the tolls were famous in West Wales. The Pandy Farm was once used as a Toll House until a new toll-house was established in 1842. This building, once the Old Toll House, Grawen, Brecon Road, still stands today and is called the Round House.

St Tydfil’s Well

St Tydfils’ Well Church is linked with the Parish Church of Cyfarthfa, Christ Church

There was once a well in Well Street, (legend says to be ‘Tydfil’s healing well) from which the local population obtained their water, and this has given rise to the place name. However, generally speaking the old wells started not to be used as much after Merthyr Tydfil adopted the Public Health Act in 1850 and each property had to have its own water supply.

The Brewery

Bryant’s Field was the name of the area, immediately north of the former fishpond on present-day Brecon Road between Cae Pant Tywyll and Pen y Darren Park, now occupied by Tudor Street, Cromwell Street and The Walk. It was very clearly marked on the 1836 Street Map and the 1876 Ordnance Survey Map both showed a pond immediate south of Brecon Road, called Old Brewery Pond and Merthyr Brewery was alongside. It seems that the Brewery here was owned by a Mr. Bryant at the beginning of the 19th century.

Vulcan House

Between Georgetown and Caepanttywyll, this building was once a small iron foundry

but it also housed the Chartist printing press. It was here that Morgan Williams and David John produced the Welsh language paper Udgorn Cymr, Trumpet of Wales and a English language Chartist news sheet, the Advocate and Free Press in the 1840s. In spite of the short existence of both papers, they nevertheless moulded the radical mind

of the Chartists in the borough. The house dates form the early 19th century and there is an original carriage arch which leads to the rear yard.

There was a tragic accident in the foundry in the late nineteenth century when a new boiler exploded and killed the owner of the business. 


Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Chapel,

This religious building on the Brecon Road was built in 1897 and is a mixture of ornate, classical and Romanesque. The original chapel in Cae Brynant was built in 1835, modified, altered or rebuilt in 1842 and in 1897 it was replaced by the present building, designed by architect George Morgan at a cost of £1,650.


St Mary’s Church

This splendid large Church dates from 1893 and was the second religious building used by the Roman Catholics of the town, the first was a simple chapel in Georgetown  which became a lodging house for the Spaniards.



The Lamb & Flag. C1900.

L:R :- Glyn Edwards, Phyllis Edwards, David Edwards (Landlord), Mary Ann Edwards (Landlady).

The Lamb and Flag was situated opposite and a little further north than the Cyfarthfa Arms.

Cyfarthfa Arms - Brecon Road


Brecon Road, Possibly Carnival Queen for the Fete and Gala at Cyfarthfa Park

L-R: Pam Norris (Jenkins), Mary John, ?, Shirley Phillips (now McCarthy), ?, ?, Pat Thomas, Colin ?,

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(Photograph Courtesy of Pam Jenkins)


Brecon Road V.J.Day Street Party. 1945.

(Photograph Courtesy of Pam Jenkins)

Looking Over Caepantywyll from the Brecon Road


Grawen Terrace in the 50's

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The Grawen Arms Inn - 1970's


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Brecon Road 1984.

(Photograph courtesy of Ian Gravell)

Brecon Road - No Date

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Similar Photograph Taken in 60's

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Well Street from the Brecon Road 1984.

(Photograph courtesy of Ian Gravell)


Georgetown Tips from Brecon Road

Looking over Brychan Place (on the bottom left) towards the old Cyfarthfa Cinder Tips.


Brecon road, 4th April 1991. Jack Jones Upholstery, N. Jones Newsagent.

(Photograph courtesy of Dennis Bennett OBE)

Brecon House Inn, No.34   Brecon House, No.34 in 2011.  


A Tramcar from Cefn Coed on Brecon Road in the 1930's.

Brecon Road in the early 1900s.

Sunnybank in the 1950s

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Paul Lawrence Motors

Petrol Filling Station - 1960s.


Paul Lawrence Motors

Workshops - 1960s.

Brewery Street

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Brewery Street - Coronation Party for King George VI - 1939

(Photographs Courtesy of Barrie Jones)


Brecon Road, 1923


Taken from Sunny Bank area, a view of Vulcan Road showing rear of the Co-op (in pic above),

and the old Giles & Harraps Brewery, later to become Hancocks, and finally a Merthyr Council Depot.

(Photograph Courtesy of Michael Donovan).

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15, Brecon Road - J.H.John Provision Mechant.

Earlier this premises had been the Dyffryn Arms Public House.

Later it became the Cooperative Store.

The Co-operative - 1967.

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  Then it's the Bethel Apostolic Church - 1980's.  

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Tabernacle Chapel, circa 1904.

(Photograph by Harris & Son, courtesy of the Leo Davies Collection)



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An aerial view of the Vulcan Brewery on Brecon road, taken in 1989

Giles & Harrap - Merthyr Brewery - Brecon Road.
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The Old Brewery Entrance - 2001

J.D.Lloyd & Sons - Grocers - No28 Brecon Road.

J.V. Williams - Butcher - 52 Brecon Road



Brecon Road Circa 1910.

(Postcard courtesy of Mrs Gill Thomas, West Grove)

Brecon Road 1911


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The Round House. - 1894.

At the junction with the Walk, this Round House was once a Lodge House for Penydarren House, and

the area behind it was known by the Locals as "Homfray's Field" and later as "Penydarren Park". It

was demolished not long after the Catholic Church was built.


Garthnewydd House, Brecon Road, 1970

The YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) used to meet at Garthnewydd House.

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The Glamorgan Arms and Abermorlais Terrace

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Bethesda Street


Parade at Newfoundland Terrace - 1920's

(Photograph by Mrs L. Snow courtesy of Anita Farrell)


The Circus Travelled to Merthyr by Train and Would Parade up to Cyfarthfa Park.

(Photograph Courtesy of Clive Arthur -Spain, Clive is in the photograph as a little boy in short trousers

that the Elephant Man appears to be glaring at!)


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