Merthyr Tydfil


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Merthyr Tydfil

(mûr`thər tĭd`vĭl), town (1981 pop. 38,893) and county borough, 43 sq mi (111 sq km), S Wales. Located on the Taff River, the town is connected to Cardiff by canal. It has ironworks and steelworks. After World War II, light industries were stressed to revive the economy. Textiles, clothing, and leather goods are also made. The name Merthyr Tydfil comes from the tale of the martyrdom of St. Tydfil, a Welsh princess killed in the 5th cent. Richard TrevithickTrevithick, Richard
, 1771–1833, British engineer and inventor, b. Cornwall. He is known as the father of locomotive power because of his invention (1800) of the high-pressure steam engine.
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 built the world's first steam railway locomotive there in 1804.

Merthyr Tydfil

 

a city in the Taff River valley, Glamorganshire, Wales. Population, 55,200 (1971). The coal and metallurgical industries, founded in the recent past, have now declined because of the exhaustion of a nearby iron-ore deposit. Local industries include the production of electrical equipment, toys and sporting goods, and knitwear and clothing.

Merthyr Tydfil

1. a town in SE Wales, in Merthyr Tydfil county borough: formerly an important centre for the mining industry. Pop.: 30 483 (2001)
2. a county borough in SE Wales, created from part of N Mid Glamorgan in 1996. Pop.: 55 400 (2003 est.). Area: 111 sq. km (43 sq. miles)
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He helped to preserve local records and put together 12 Merthyr Tydfil heritage calendars and a number of local books, including Memoirs of the Merthyr Motor Club and A Farewell to Cyfarthfa School.
Sekisui Alveo, a business unit of the Japanese Sekisui Chemical Co, yesterday announced the decision to close its production plant in Merthyr Tydfil and to relocate production to Roermond, Netherlands.
I hope this means that more materials will stay in Wales for use by Welsh companies, helping Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council to avoid landfill taxes, increase their recycling rates and support recycling markets in Wales.
Huw Lewis, Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, said carrying out the checks on 19 teenagers in the borough was "farcical".
A statement said: "There was no escaping the conclusion that our Merthyr Tydfil manufacturing facility could not produce competitively priced laundry products".
A 24-year-old man from Tredegar is due to attend Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates' Court on January 8 to face a charge of driving without due care and attention.
Last week, Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association dropped plans to build on the site following media and public pressure.
Marshallsea, of Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan, was wanted for threatening a nurse with an air pistol.
David Bowen, store manager at M&S Merthyr Tydfil, said: "We're thrilled to be bringing a new M&S store to Merthyr Tydfil next month and can't wait to open the doors and let our customers experience our great selection of fashion and food.
The Heritage and Regeneration Trust is championing the cause of Richard Trevithick, who in 1804 made the world's first railway journey with his high pressure steam locomotive - hauling five wagons loaded with 10 tons of iron and carrying up to 70 men for nineand-a-half miles along the Merthyr Tydfil to Abercynon tramroad.
Yesterday David Lunt, the company's vice president of group human resources, said: "Regretfully, to ensure Hoover Candy becomes more competitive we must consider all of our options, including the possibility of the cessation of manufacture at Merthyr Tydfil.
Merthyr Tydfil has an impressive reputation as a groundbreaking town as, in February1804, it became the site of the world's first locomotive journey on rails.