Tydfil the Martyr
31st May, 2016 - 2nd June, 2016
31 Fai, 2016 - 2 Fehefin, 2016
Mixed activity event
Digwyddiad gweithgarwch cymysg
Festival founder Richard Parry spends three days exploring Merthyr Tydfil.
Richard travels up the Taf valley from Pontypridd and cycles out west over the hill to Aberdare.
Merthyr Tydfil is named after a 5th century saint, and a wattle and daub church was replaced in the 13th century by a stone church in her memory.
In the 18th century industrial investment and expansion changed the valley and bequeathed a long legacy. Richard Crawshay made the Cyfarthfa iron works the most modern works in Britain and the largest capitalist enterprise on earth.
Picture: Francis Crawshay, the reluctant industrialist who commissioned portraits of the Merthyr Tydfil and Hirwaun workforce in the 19th century and chose to live in a cottage rather than the family castle