Robert Price Timber and Roofing, Taffs Well

The start of something a bit different, this week. When I’m out photographing the (normally historic) subjects and routes for my Merthyr Road project, I’m always coming across sights that appeal to me as a photographer, but which don’t really fit in all that well with the photos I choose for the final article published here on my blog. Rather than lose these photos, I’ve decided to give each shot its very own article.

First up is this shot of Robert Price Timber and Roofing in Taffs Well. Their timber yard is bounded on the east by the A470 trunk road, and on the south by the former Rhymney Valley Railway line from Walnut Tree Junction (the line now forms part of the Taff Trail cycle route).

Something (maybe a tramroad or railway) used to run north to south through the ground where their yard now stands. There’s a surviving bridge that the former Rhymney Valley Railway line crosses on the south side of the timber yard, and hunting through the trees to the north of the timber yard, there’s the remains of something that looks like it could have been a bridge support.
UPDATE: the something is the remains of the Cardiff Railway route from Tongwynlais to Rhydefelin Halt.


  1. jim harrison says:
    June 6th, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    I,ve come across your flicker shots and then been lead into your very impressive website. It,s fantastic. having lived in the Rhondda fach for twenty years now and been heavly into photography, your work has inspired me on. Its facinating how you bring your pictures alive with information. keep it up I`ll be logging in again.

  2. Roof Estimate says:
    October 14th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Interesting picture, I wonder what the area must have looked like prior to industry moving in and making its disturbance. I’m not against industry, but I can see deer, and other wildlife roaming around prior to the mill. It would be nice to see the rest of the area.

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