Known by the locals as Ponty, Pontypridd is the county town for Rhondda Cynon Taf, even though its population is slightly smaller than nearby Aberdare. Luckily scenes of local daily life were photographed and filmed many times over the past century, so we can see how the Welsh town changed over time.
“Old Pontypridd Pics”
An hour and eighteen minutes of old photographs of the town through different decades. Numerous people and places appear.
“Pontypridd Wales. (1948)”
This British Pathé film was made in 1948, three years after the end of World War II.
It heavily features the hilltop memorial to the men of the 5th Battalion – The Welch Regiment who were killed or missing in the First World War and the Second World War.
The memorial is close to the Hertogenbosch Stone, but in a different location to the Ynysangharad War Memorial and the Falklands War Memorial, which are both located in the Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.
Down below in the town, you can see the giant gas storage tanks which used to feature in every urban landscape.
Gwyn Thomas Visits Pontypridd
In the 1960s, Gwyn Thomas visited Pontypridd. As with all his other short films about life in South Wales, the writer and broadcaster brought into the narrative his own experience of growing up in the area in the 1920s.
The footage shows hundreds of local people of all ages going about their daily lives.
“PONTYPRIDD IN 1960S”
Fascinating colour footage of the town in the 1960s. Many different streets were captured on this home cine film, along with buildings in the process of replacement.
“Pontypridd in the 60’s part 2”
More colour footage of the town in the 1960s, including from a drive in the car.
“Tour of Pontypridd circa 1990”
With much of the footage taken from a high vantage point, you can see a lot of the town as it was in 1990.
“Video filmed in and around Pontypridd in about 1990 before the relief road was constructed. Includes how the Broadway once was. Also includes overlooking the town from the common and also overlooking Hawthorn, Rhydyfelin and Treforest.”Patrick Downes on YouTube
In December 2007 RhysGriff92 uploaded what he described as “just a random vid bout my home town”. Photographs of key locations, with location titles added. Useful for people who don’t know the town well, including family historians.
“‘THE PONTYPRIDD SNOW – WINTER 2010.. CARIAD in Welsh.”
After years of mild winters, the depth and longevity of the snows of 2010 surprised everyone across the UK. John Wake’s compilation from December 18th 2010, beautifully fits together photographs, film and nice music.
“Love Ponty – Episode 5”
The final episode of the series about the town’s regeneration. It’s the run up to Christmas, and many local people are out and about on the streets.
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