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The local area guide to living in Trecynon

Trecynon, formerly Heol-y-Felin, is a serene village near Aberdare situated in the Cynon Valley in Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales. It was originally known as Heol-y-Felin, meaning Mill Street, due to the fact it was founded near the Llwydcoed Mill and, as a small area, consisted of only one house.

The community grew larger in the early 19th Century when the Aberdare Ironworks at Llwydcoed opened in 1800, and people began to migrate to the area to work in the iron industry. The name Trecynon was assumed around 1860 after a competition was held locally to decide a new name for the village.

Today the most significant local attraction is the picturesque Aberdare Park, which was officially opened by Richard Fothergill on 29th July 1869 after the village became a much larger industrial town. This well-conserved Victorian Park now attracts many visitors every year, with the Aberdare Park Road Races having become famous throughout the UK since Carl Fogarty’s Welsh Open lap record in 1988. The park is still a much loved local area, and is used by residents on a daily basis for exercise and leisure. It also draws significant interest with its beautiful fountain which was built to celebrate the coronation of George V.

Sources: Rhondda Cynon Taf Library Service & Aberdare Park Road Races Website.

Information about the local residents:

Trecynon is a small village close to the industrial town of Aberdare within the Cynon Valley. According to the 2011 Census, the population of Aberdare stands at 31,705.

Aberdare’s mean age is under the national average at 39.8, with a median age of 40. Just over 21% of the population are under 18 and about 17% are of pensionable age. There is also very little immigration in this town with 96.9% of the population born in the UK, 0.2% born in the Republic of Ireland, 0.9% born in other EU countries and 2.1% born outside of the EU.

Unemployment in this area is higher than average for England, with 4.2% of the population claiming Jobseekers Allowance and 22.1% claiming other work benefits. In terms of the area’s social grade, a system of classification based on the occupation of the household’s main earner, just 13.88% belong to the highest AB grade, while 28.17% belong to the C1 grade; 23.74% belong to C2 and 34.22% belong to DE Grade. This means most of the population are in the lower two categories of social grade.

Education statistics suggest Aberdare has a high amount of residents with either no qualifications or qualifications equal to one or more GCSEs at grade D or below, with 31.8% with no qualifications.

Despite this, there is a high percentage of home ownership in this town with 36.5% of homes owned outright and 34.5% via a mortgage.

Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.

Nearby schools:

There are 3 main schools close to the village of Trecynon, including a nearby college.

Aberdare Community School is a secondary school located in Aberdare, around 5 minutes’ drive from Trecynon. The school was formed as part of a merger in September 2014 and caters to pupils aged from 11 to 18.

Coleg y Cymoedd is a further education college just a few minutes from Trecynon, with five main campuses located across the area of Rhondda Cynon Taf.

There is also a junior school and infant school in the local area.

Getting around

Trecynon has excellent road connections for motorists, with the A4233 linking directly to Cardiff.

There are also two nearby railway services. The most convenient is Cwmbach Railway Station, which is a 10-minute drive away, and offers a Monday to Saturday Service to Aberdare, Pontypridd, Cardiff Central and Barry Island.

Local Shops

Trecynon has a variety of grocery and convenience stores within the local community. It also has a local bakery and post office.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.