A view down Halt Road
about 1950

This picture, from Colin Rees, shows two young cyclists riding up Halt Road, the one in front is Colin and the one at the back is Jean McCauliffe. In the background is the hill we used to call "the Vole" which came from the Welsh name of "Y Foel Penderyn". In the middle of the picture is a farm which we think must be Nant Llechau. To the right of the farm is the bridge which carried Halt Road across the railway line, and to the left of the farm you can just make out some railway signals which may be on the carriage sidings which branched off the main line just behind Nant Llechau. Behind the fence on the left you can just see the roof of a building which is part of Castell Farm which was in a dip beside the road.

 

At the bottom of the hill over the bridge was a small building known a Ty'n Ton which at one time was a hotel known as the Railway Hotel (see left below, now demolished) and beside the bridge itself was a small station, Rhigos Halt (so-called because trains would only stop if requested!)
Photos by kind permission of Rhondda Cynon Taff Libraries

  
 

 

These pictures show the bridge in 2004.

  

 

Castell Farm seemed to be popular for camping and picnicking and the scouts used their fields. These photos were taken by J. Lendon Berry of members of his family camping and enjoying a picnic beside the stream.
Information from his great grandson Brian Berry.
Photos by kind permission of Rhondda Cynon Taff Libraries

  

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