Place:Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

NameMerthyr Tydfil
TypePrincipal area
Coordinates51.75°N 3.417°W
Located inWales     (1990 - )
See alsoGlamorgan, Walesparent
Mid Glamorgan, Walesparent
Contained Places
Inhabited place
Dowlais ( 1500 - )
Merthyr Tydfil ( 400 - )
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Merthyr Tydfil is a town in Wales, with a population of about 59,500, situated approximately north of Cardiff. Once the largest town in Wales, it is now the 14th largest urban area in Wales. It is in the historic county of Glamorgan and is currently the main town in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough administered by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. Both the town and the county borough are often referred to as 'Merthyr'.

According to legend, the town is named after Saint Tydfil, a daughter of King Brychan of Brycheiniog. According to her legend, she was slain at Merthyr by pagans around 480; the place was subsequently named Merthyr Tydfil in her honour. Although merthyr generally means "martyr" in modern Welsh, the meaning here is closer to the Latin martyrium: the mausoleum or church built over the relics of a martyr. Similar examples, all from south Wales, include Merthyr Cynog, Merthyr Dyfan and Merthyr Mawr. The Cornish and Breton language equivalents, in place names, are merther and merzher.


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