Pontypridd – in the depths of the Welsh Valleys
Pontypridd (or `Ponty’ as it’s known by the locals) gets it’s name from the many bridges crossing the River Taff that bisects the town – coming from the Welsh `Pont-y-tŷ-pridd’ meaning `bridge by the earthen house’. The Old Bridge – built in the mid 18th Century is still there next to a modern counterpart. It’s roughly halfway between Cardiff and Methyr Tydfil and lies near the main road (the A470) linking them.
Being in the heart of the Welsh Valleys the town has a long and involved history with the coal mining industry with many collieries being located in the town in the past.
Prior to this, like many part of this region it was a largely rural area and only grew as a result of the Industrial Revolution’s demand for coal and iron – the latter passing through the location of the town by canal and rail.
Today, the town is a busy place with a wide selection of shops and a nice indoor market with some great food too – we recommend Lewi’s Thai Cafe.
Pontypridd Family Court Guide
The court is close to the Pontypridd Train Station if you’re coming by rail – it’s an easy journey from Cardiff. If you’re driving we recommend the Pay and Display Sardis Road carpark however . Don’t use a satnav to get to the court – you’ll get to the court but will find yourself driving in a large loop to get to somewhere to park. The car park postcode is CF37 1LE. It’s our first choice when we visit the court to assist people.
Facilities are sparse. There are a few small consultation rooms and the court is often quiet. There is a machine that dispenses cans of soft drink, crisps, chocolates, etc. however. It is however a short walk to the shops in the area.
As always – do your research beforehand. Arrive early before the hearing time and make sure you are relaxed, calm and prepared.