Pontypridd South Wales UK
Pontypridd is a medium sized market town about 10 miles or so from Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. The word "Pontypridd" means "Bridge of the Mud Hut", according to my Primary School teacher many years ago, who spoke fluent Welsh. It is often shortened to "Ponty", pronounced pontee. Pontypridd is pronounced pont er preeth. The "dd" in Welsh is pronounced as the hard "th" in "the". The two bridges, the old and the new are shown in the main photograph.
As you might expect in Wales, there is a rugby team and they play in Ynysangharad park, in Pontypridd. Rugby is a Welsh passion and the Grogg Shop in Wales made its name with figurines of local rugby players and also of course, of the Welsh Dragon (Y Ddraig Goch) and sheep (sheep are ever present in Wales). The original owner died recently but it is being carried on by his son. If you want to see the kinds of figurines they create, just search for Grogg shop in Pontypridd and click on "images".
The park is very large, it holds a cricket ground, rugby field, bowling green, children's play area and the Lido (open air swimming pool) which is being upgraded though it isn't open yet despite being due to be finished for the summer (2015), as well as open areas and a sunken garden. There is also a walk beside the river, which is part of the Taff Trail . There used to be a children's paddling pool in the park, which is where I was taken for initial swimming lessons from school nearly 60 years ago but that has been filled in as, apparently, has every other paddling pool in the area, despite protests from residents! When my eldest son was a baby (he is now over 40) we took him round every paddling pool in the local area during a summer visit and he loved the paddling pools, despite not being able to walk at the time.
I have called it Ponty Market because that is what it is called locally, although it should be called Pontypridd Market. It was enormous in my childhood, with both a covered (indoor) market and an outside portion with everything from day old chicks to pet mice to laver bread (made from seaweed), cockles, fish, fruit, bread of all sorts, clothing, material, toys, you name it, it had it. It is not as big these days because the rents are apparently exorbitant and the marketers have moved to another market which is not as expensive for them. I used to love wandering round Ponty market on a Saturday.
I have included photos of these places and this time, I have made them smaller file sizes, so hopefully, they will download more quickly for you.
The pictures show the bowling green, the cricket ground, the sunken garden and Ponty Market (indoors).
Image Credit » MegL (c) my own photo