Pontypridd is a town in the county of Mid Glamorgan in southeastern Wales, located on the River Taff 12 miles north of Cardiff

It was founded in the Middle Ages, and its name means "bridge by the earthen house" in Welsh.

Today, Pontypridd is known for its beautiful location in a lush green valley, streets and quaint houses, history, architecture, and its iconic bridge.

People Born in Pontypridd

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Pontypridd in People's Lives

Ian Watkins: I grew up here, and consider this to be my hometown. My family moved here when I was about five years old, around 1982. This followed the death of my father. Three years later, my mother remarried my stepfather, a Baptist minister, in 1985, when I was 8 years old. My stepfather raised me and was my father figure for the rest of my life. I had a happy and normal childhood, and was raised in a Christian Baptist home, though my parents never put pressure on me to be religious. I was intelligent and musically talented, and my parents helped me pursue my dreams of becoming a musician. I was a good student, and got straight A grades in high school, also focusing much of my time on music and singing. I left this town in 1995, at the age of 18, to attend university in Newport.

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