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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
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.