Britain By Car - A Motoring History

Pontypridd

Situated 12 miles north of Cardiff, Pontypridd lies at the junction between the Rivers Rhonda and Taff.  One of the town’s landmarks is the old stone bridge built across the Taff in 1756 and, at the time, the longest single-span bridge in Britain.
The town’s history has been defined by the coal, iron and steel industries.  Until the late 20th century it was particularly well known for the manufacture of chains, fitted to Royal Naval vessels and to a number of famous liners, including the QE2.