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Pentyrch
Pentyrch
(Welsh: Pen-tyrch) is a village and community located on the western outskirts of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. The village gives its name to a Cardiff
Cardiff
local authority electoral ward, Pentyrch, which covers the village and immediate surrounding area. The Pentyrch community includes the neighbouring village of Creigiau.

Contents

1 Geography 2 Demographics 3 Governance

3.1 Local elections 3.2 Community Council

4 Amenities 5 Notable people 6 References 7 External links

Geography[edit] The village is situated next to the Garth Mountain, high above the River Taff. The village can be reached from junction 32 of the M4 Motorway, then A470, then via Heol Goch, a hill flanked by a quarry and nature reserve. Alternatively, Church Road provides access from Llantrisant Road near St Fagans. Other approaches are from Creigiau
Creigiau
and Gwaelod-y-Garth. Demographics[edit] At the 2001 census, Pentyrch
Pentyrch
contained 3,535 individuals, in 1,358 households. Governance[edit] Pentyrch
Pentyrch
became the newest addition to the Cardiff
Cardiff
unitary authority in 1996.[2] The electoral ward of Pentyrch
Pentyrch
elects one councillor to Cardiff
Cardiff
Council. It falls within the parliamentary constituency of Cardiff
Cardiff
West and is represented by the Labour Party in the Houses of Commons and the National Assembly. The ward is bounded by Rhondda Cynon Taf
Rhondda Cynon Taf
to the north; and by the wards of Whitchurch & Tongwynlais
Tongwynlais
to the east; Radyr
Radyr
& Morganstown to the southeast; and Creigiau
Creigiau
& St. Fagans to the southwest. Local elections[edit] Pentyrch
Pentyrch
was represented by Conservative councillor Craig Williams on Cardiff
Cardiff
Council until he stepped down in 2015, following his election to Parliament for Cardiff
Cardiff
North. A by-election for the Pentyrch
Pentyrch
ward took place on Tuesday 30 June 2015 which, despite a 27% swing to Plaid Cymru's Hywel Wigley, resulted in a narrow win for Conservative candidate Gavin Hill-John by 18 votes.[3] At the Cardiff
Cardiff
Council election on 4 May 2017 Cllr Hill-John successfully defended his seat, increasing the margin between himself and Hywel Wigley to 215 votes. The turnout was 56%.[4] Community Council[edit] The Pentyrch
Pentyrch
Community Council has thirteen elected (or co-opted) members, representing the villages of Pentyrch, Creigiau
Creigiau
(including Capel Llanilltern) and Gwaelod y Garth
Gwaelod y Garth
(the three community wards) on a ratio of 6:5:2. [5] Amenities[edit]

St Catwg's Church

King's Arms pub, Pentyrch

On entering the village, the visitor passes the playground, and on the left is Acapela Studio - a concert hall and recording studio - owned by harpist Catrin Finch
Catrin Finch
and music and television producer Hywel Wigley. Acapela studio has hosted a series of acclaimed Welsh acts such as Gruff Rhys, Cerys Matthews
Cerys Matthews
and Charlotte Church
Charlotte Church
as well as up and coming local and international music acts. Many programs for S4C and the BBC
BBC
are filmed there. The building itself is converted from the former presbyterian Capel Horeb and contains a fully licensed bar. Opposite Acapela is the Lewis Arms public house. Past these lies the village centre, containing a Spar general store which includes a Post Office, delicatessen, hairdressers, doctors, a veterinary practice and butchers. The focus of older buildings in the village is reached by forking left after entering the village, travelling down to the King's Arms pub, and St. Catwg's Church, at the lowest point of the village. Along with St. Catwg's Church and its lychgate, the King's Arms is a Grade 2 Listed Building. Originally a seventeenth century copyhold farm called Cae Golman, the King's Arms became established as a public house in the eighteenth century. In the lounge bar, can be found a fireplace with chamfered beam, dated 1711. Housing is split between older housing and large developments of post-1970s housing. Sport in the village is centred on the Pentyrch
Pentyrch
Rugby Football Club. There is also a cricket pitch and other facilities at the club. Pentyrch
Pentyrch
Rangers football club is based in the village. The club has nearly 200 registered players and runs 10 junior and mini football teams in the Cardiff
Cardiff
and District League. Other amenities include a village hall and primary school. The village has some art on display, including a mural situated on the green on High corner. In 1993, Pentyrch
Pentyrch
hosted its first National/Sunday League Cricket Match, as Glamorgan lost to Northamptonshire, becoming the country's smallest village to do so. Pentyrch
Pentyrch
is covered by Fairwater Police Station. Notable people[edit]

Lucie Jones, singer and model Robin Sowden-Taylor, rugby player, raised in Pentyrch Craig Williams MP, lives in Pentyrch
Pentyrch
and served as Cardiff
Cardiff
City Councillor for Pentyrch
Pentyrch
ward from 2008-2015 [6]

References[edit]

^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 8 April 2015.  ^ "The suburb of Pentyrch". Cardiffians.co.uk. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2013.  ^ Ruth Mosalski (1 July 2015). "Tories hold on to Pentyrch
Pentyrch
- but story of the night is a huge swing to Plaid's candidate Dafydd Wigley's son Hywel". Wales
Wales
Online. Retrieved 14 January 2018.  ^ "Election results for Pontprennau
Pontprennau
& Old St Mellons
St Mellons
- Cardiff Council Elections 2017 - Thursday, 4th May, 2017". Cardiff
Cardiff
Council. Retrieved 14 January 2018.  ^ "Home - Protecting the environment, quality of life, and rural character of the four villages". Cyngor Cymuned Pentyrch
Pentyrch
Community Council. Retrieved 14 January 2018.  ^ "New Cardiff
Cardiff
North MP Craig Williams steps down as city councillor". Wales
Wales
Online. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 

External links[edit]

Pentyrch.org.uk web site The Pentyrch
Pentyrch
and District Local History Society Census information (2001) further mapped census data grid reference ST101819

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