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Eglwysilan Church


High on the ridge between most of the Valleys you’ll find far older settlements, often little more than a pub, a church and a few farms. Eglwysilan is one such place, its solid church tower a focal point for miles around.

A wander around the churchyard is a sobering experience, as you see the dozens of graves from the two massive pit disasters (1901 and 1913) at neighbouring Senghenydd – whole generations wiped out in an instant. William Edwards - builder of the Pontypridd bridge and Thomas Pardoe - one of the Nantgarw porcelain painters are both buried in the churchyard, together with victims of the 1901 and 1913 Universal Colliery disasters at Senghenydd.


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