Journal entries containing Treorci (Treorchy)

Treorci (English: Treorchy) is a community in South Wales. Once a mining town, it retains such characteristics. Situated in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf in the Rhondda Fawr valley. Treorci is also one of the 16 communities of the Rhondda. It includes the villages of Cwmparc and Ynyswen. It takes its name from the stream that flows from the mountainside above the village into the River Rhondda. On the 1875 Ordnance Survey map, the stream is referred to as ‘Nant Orky’. Gorchi possibly comes from the welsh word Gorchwy, suggesting a stream marking a boundary.

Prior to industrialisation, most of the land was owned by one of the great families of Glamorgan with Treorci coming under the domain of the Marquess of Bute Estate. The discovery of coal transformed the area. The period following 1851 saw Treorchy becoming an industrial town. The town grew around the coal mining industry during the late 19th and early 20th century, but by the end of the 20th century all the local pits had closed. During 2020, Treorci was named Best High Street in the UK.