Treorchy is a traditional Welsh former mining town, it's centre has long streets of Victorian cottages built in the valley between the surrounding mountains.
The town was one of many in the Rhondda area which sprang up in the 19th century boom years of deep coal mining, and forms part of a continuous ribbon of settlements spreading down the valley. The mines are now closed, and the countryside regenerated, but their legacy has shaped the local landscape and people.
The mining families had a strong community spirit which remains a feature of the region. The famous Treorchy Male Voice Choir was formed in 1883 and has since performed all over the world, and with popular artists as diverse as Tom Jones, Bon Jovi and McFly. The excellent Parc and Dare Hall Theatre was once a Miners Institute for the workers at the colliery of the same name.
The Park and Dare Station Road, Treorchy CF42 6NL
Performing arts in a former miners institute. The Park and Dare information