Place:Maerdy, Glamorgan, Wales

Coordinates51.672°N 3.483°W
Located inGlamorgan, Wales     ( - 1974)
Also located inMid Glamorgan, Wales     (1974 - 1996)
Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales     (1996 - )
See alsoRhondda, Glamorgan, Walesancient parish of which it was a part
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Maerdy is a village and community (or civil parish) in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, and within the historic county boundaries of Glamorgan, Wales, lying at the head of the Rhondda Fach Valley.

The area grew from a farming community to town around the coal mining industry and the development of Mardy Colliery in the late 19th century, but its last pit (Mardy Main) shut in 1990. The population in the UK census of 2011 was 3,160.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Glamorgan Lots of leads to other sources and descriptions of former parishes.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki on Glamorgan has recently been updated (early 2016) and looks remarkably like Wikipedia. Their map "Glamorgan Parish Map.jpg" enlarges to show all the original parishes. The sub-section "Parishes of Historic Glamorgan" lists all the parishes of Glamorgan and the newer preserved counties and principal areas in both English and Welsh. (Currently this website is still under construction.)
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf Library Service provides an historical description of a number of towns and villages in its principal area


The first three maps are provided by A Vision of Britain through Time

These maps were found on Wikimedia Commons

These maps of Glamorgan post-1974 were found on another site and are very useful for sorting out the up-to-date geography of the area

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