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Llanbradach is a small village less than 3 miles north of Caerphilly. It is mostly residential, and contains one pub, a primary school, a small local shopping area, a recreation ground, a library, two doctor's surgeries, and a youth centre. Being a traditional long and narrow South Wales Valleys village, its potential for expansion is restricted by the river on its eastern side and the hillside to the west.

The village is served by Llanbradach railway station on the Rhymney Line.

Naming
Ordinarily, "Llan" means church or parish, but in this case the origin of the name may come from "Nant Bradach", which means "the banks of river Bradach" ("Bradach" is an Irish word meaning robbing or pilfering). Alternatively, the Welsh word "brad" (treachery or deceit) could have been coupled with the Irish "-ach" suffix (stream or river), creating "a treacherous stream" - possibly one that is prone to sudden, destructive floods. The name is thought to have come into being from around 1597.

History
Coal industry

The coal mine was opened in the 1890s, and reached peak coal mining production in the 1930s, but was shut down in 1961. A number of old mine buildings are still visible to the rear of the village.

Llanbradach Viaduct
The Barry Railway circumvented the town of Caerphilly, and crossed the Rhymney Valley by means of the Llanbradach viaduct. The construction of this viaduct, near Pwllypant, was crucial to the establishment of the busy coal port, which dealt with nearly 4000 ships a year at its peak.

The Llanbradach viaduct was de-commissioned in the early 1930s, and was removed to be sold for scrap in 1937, as was the Penyrheol viaduct. All that remains is a single brick arch toward the western end of where the viaduct had been. A short part of the trackbed can still be seen near Energlyn. The rest of the trackbed was incorporated into the A468 Caerphilly bypass road. The line carried on through Ty Rhiw, and on to the Walnut Tree Viaduct, which itself was largely dismantled in 1969. It was originally built, along with the Garth tunnel, for the Barry Railway's Cadoxton to Llanbradach line, and the viaduct eased the incline between the Taff Valley and Caerphilly for heavy goods trains. There were no formal passenger stations along this stretch.

When the route closed in 1958 as part of the national re-organisation of the railways, the subsequent destruction of the Ty'n y Caeau signal box meant the loss of the viaduct in 1965. All that remain are an abutment, an angled pillar and the Taff Bank pier. The latter structure was used in 1977 for the display of messages of goodwill for the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth. Most of the remaining trackbed is now incorporated into the Taff Trail.

Workmen's Welfare Hall and Institute
The original Llanbradach Workmen's Institute, built in the 1900s, was constructed of timber and corrugated iron, and previously fulfilled the functions of village hall, school and a place for religious gatherings. A committee was set up in 1910 to organise the replacement of the old structure with a modern stone building. The new building opened in 1913, and among the amenities available to the workmen were a snooker room, a small cinema, and a reading room and library.

The hall remained in use certainly until the early 1980's (albeit in a declining state). It housed the village library, a billiards room and possibly as a boxing gym and for theatrical productions by the local Coed-Y-Brain school. It was demolished at some point around the turn of the 21st Century and is now a car park.

Sports clubs
Football

The highest-ranked club in the village is Llanbradach Social F.C., who have 2 senior sides, with the first team playing in the first division of the South Wales FA Senior League (having won promotion from the South Wales Senior League Division 2 and Taff-Ely League the last 2 seasons) and the second team playing in the Taff-Ely Rhymney Valley League. There are also more than 35 junior football clubs in the county borough, catering for various ages from Under 7s to Under 16s. These clubs either play in the Rhymney Taff Ely League (affiliated to the South Wales F.A.) or the Islwyn League (affiliated to the Gwent F.A.).

Other
Rugby union, Netball, Bowls and Hockey are other popular sports in the Llanbradach locality.

Notable residents

  • Rodger Gifford, former FA Premier League and FIFA football referee.
  • Connor Ford, comedian and entertainer.

 Pubs/Bars in Llanbradach:
 De-Winton
       De-Winton Terrace
       Llanbradach
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 3JY
 029 20883026
 
 Wingfield Hotel
       Wingfield Terrace
       Llanbradach
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 3NT
 029 20884165


 Take Aways in Llanbradach:
 Golden Way Chinese Takeaway
       34 High Street
       Llanbradach
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 3LQ
 029 20862441

 Paradise Balti
       12 High Street
       Llanbradach
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 3LQ
 029 20887728

 Tasteful House
       2 Coed-Y-Brain Road
       Llanbradach
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 3JS
 029 20862264


 Places of Worship in Llanbradach:
 Llanbradach Methodist Church
       Ffrwd Terrace
       Llanbradach
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 3NR
 029 20866684


 Other in Llanbradach:
 Llanbradach Bowling Club
       High Street
       Llanbradach
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 3LP
 029 20884606

 Llanbradach Social Club
       Rear Of High Street
       Llanbradach
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 3LP
 029 20862243

 The Old Comrades Club & Institute
       1 Oakfield Street
       Llanbradach
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 3NX
 029 20883198


 Schools/Colleges in Llanbradach:
 Coed-Y-Brain Primary School (Primary)
       School Street
       Llanbradach
       Caerphilly
       CF83 3LD
 02920 852513

 Cwm Glas Infant School (Infant)
       Pant Glas
       Llanbradach
       Caerphilly
       CF83 3PD
 02920 852515


 Chemists/Pharmacies in Llanbradach:
 The Co-operative Pharmacy
       36 High Street
       Llanbradach
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 3LQ
 029 2086 2239


 Doctors/GPs in Llanbradach:
 Drs Mahanty, Mohan & Mamilla
       Llan-Aber Practice
       Rear of Church Street
       Llanbradach
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 3LS
 029 2086 2211

 Village Surgery
       2-3 Lewis Terrace
       Llanbradach
       Caerphilly
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF83 3JZ
 0844 4778662



 

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