Pontycymer is a former coal mining village in the Garw Valley, in the county borough of Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom.

As with many places with Welsh language placenames, the name of the village can often be a description of its situation or function. In this context, "pont" is Welsh for "bridge", while "cymer" means "confluence or meeting of watercourses".

Indeed, at the beginning of the village and denoting its boundary with Pantygog, the River Garw is joined by the Nant Forch Wen. At the other side of the village, towards its boundary with Blaengarw, the River Garw is also joined by the Nant Gelli Wern (marsh grove stream) at Ffaldau, the village square.

The artist and journalist Molly Thomas was born in the village, as was the snooker player Ryan Day. The film Very Annie Mary is set in the fictional village of Ogw, in which numerous locations in Pontycymer feature strongly.


* Bridgend Valleys Railway

External links

* [http://www.bridgend.gov.uk/Web1/groups/tourism/documents/marketing/001769.hcsp "Brigend County Borough Tourism Guide"] , Bridgend Council
* [http://www.garwvalley.co.uk Garw Valley web site]
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=2754440 www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Pontycymer and surrounding area]

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