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Friday, January 20, 2017

Llantrisant



Our mid week ride was to Llantrisant [see Strava route]  Normally its just a tea stop but this time I took a wander around the place.  I've been coming here for years but have never taken the time to explore the town.

Its situated on a hill and was originally surrounded by common land, this bit has survived.




 This is the stature of William Price a 19th Century doctor, druid and eccentric. 
He was the pioneer of cremation as we know it today. 




The Model House was the Workhouse and was built in  the square in 1884, replacing the original workhouse built in 1784  which is now a row of cottages.


The square was also used for bull baiting.











The church and churchyard are the highest point of the town, with fine views over the Vale of Glamorgan.












Llantrisant still has a few pubs but wandering around you can see that in the past there were many more, a sign of how popular this town once was.

9 comments:

  1. Oh how I would love to take a trip here. I think little villages like this are so charming. And so much history!

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    1. Hi Kathy, along with plenty of rain, Wales has plenty of history.

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  2. A super collection of shots. Well worth looking around but the hills are quite steep for cycling.

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    1. Mr A, as I said to Kathy as well as rain & history we have hills.

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  3. WOW, like going back in time, Love this!! The large tombstones are so superior to what is used today!!

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    1. Sondra, that church is very similar to many in France and Spain in that its high on the hill. The residents have lovely views.

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  4. Cracking shots and nice inclusion of the history of the place too. It is sad though to see it so deserted like that, I suppose most folk are at work elsewhere, like with so many villages these days where the friendly bustle of these places has been lost.

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    1. Mick, probably the main reason why its deserted is that just outside Llantrisant is a modern outlet and retail centre.

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Thanks for your comments. Whenever possible I will always reply. Dave