Ystradgynlais & District

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Tafarn Twrch (Castle Inn), Cwmtwrch

Originally called the Castle Inn, as a coaching inn, then the Castle Hotel in later years, this pub is now the Tafarn Twrch, and is located near the roundabout to Rhifawr in Lower Cwmtwrch. It is open for business.

This photograph from October 2018, shows the Tafarn Twrch inn with a yellowy-gold frontage

These photographs from March 2016 show the Tafarn Twrch with a white-painted front.

A nice view of how the Tafarn Twrch sits in the street, between what are, now at least, private houses.

Showing the view towards the Tafarn Twrch from by the roundabout that leads off to the bridge to Rhiwfawr

A view along the front of the Tafarn Twrch

This view of the Tafarn Twrch in Lower Cwmtwrch shows how close by it was to two other public houses in the area. Just to the left of the roundabout, out of the picture, would have been the Golden Lion and across the roundabout can be seen what is now the Fynnon, but used to be The Crown. Below, we can see the Tafarn Twrch (Boar Tavern) as we look down the road which leads, eventually, to Ystalyfera.

Some of the details about pubs in the Swansea Valley and Coelbren were sourced from 'The Village Pub' by William T. Davies,a detailed history of brewing in the Neath and Swansea valleys and the history and heritage of the local pubs of the area. All proceeds from sale of this book go towards Ystradgynlais Community Hospital. Published by Dinewfr Press, copies of the book can be ordered either by telephoning them on 01269-850576 or emailing the author direct on WilliamTD@yahoo.co.uk.

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