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Bradshaw’s Guide

Cardiff to Merthyr


Llandaff, a small decayed village, but the seat of a diocese, founded in the 5th century, having a half ruined Cathedral, 270 feet long, chiefly in the early English style.

Leaving Llandaff we very soon arrive at Walnut Tree, the junction of a line via Llantrissant and Ystrad Owen to the market town of

Cowbridge, with its ancient and well-endowed Grammar School. Five miles beyond is situated Fouman Castle, the seat of Oliver Jones, Esq.: it belonged to the St. John’s, of Bletsoe, and Colonel Jones, the regicide, and contains a beautiful portrait of Cromwell.

Treforest station

Pontypridd junction.

Here the Rhondda Valley line branches off, and runs via Havod, Porth, Pandy, and Ystrad, to Treherbert.

Aberdare junction.

Aberdare branch

Mountain Ash and Treaman stations.


The scenery of the vale of Cynon here is charming. A little beyond there is a junction with the Vale of Neath Railway to Merthyr.

Taff Vale Main Line continued

Quaker’s Yard and Troedyrhiew stations.

Merthyr Tydvil

Merthyr Tydvil is a parliamentary borough, and great mining town, in South Wales, 21 miles from Cardiff, with which there is railway communication by a branch out of the South Wales line.

For continuation of this route along the Wye, &c, see Brecon and Merthyr.

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