As with many places with
Welsh languageplacenames, 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 " confluenceor meeting of watercourses".
Indeed, at the beginning of the village and denoting its boundary with
Pantygog, the River Garwis 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
snookerplayer Ryan Day. The film Very Annie Maryis set in the fictional village of Ogw, in which numerous locations in Pontycymer feature strongly.
Bridgend Valleys Railway
* [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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