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Rhondda "Cathedral" Celebrates History

St Peter's Church, Pentre

A landmark Rhondda church will celebrate its 125th anniversary as part of a host of events taking place in Rhondda Cynon Taf next month.

St Peter’s Church in Pentre, known as the “Cathedral of the Rhondda” is one of the locations for the annual “Open Doors” initiative that celebrates the country’s fantastic architecture and culture.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, working in partnership with various organizations and individuals, are making this year’s Open Doors event the best yet – with plenty of activities to inspire and educate.

During the month local residents and visitors to the area will be able to view the interior of a whole host of fascinating buildings which played important roles in the development of the entire County Borough.

On Tuesday September 10th Father Haydn and parishioners will offer free guided tours around the Grade II Listed Building which was built in 1888 and regarded as a splendid example of the work of architect F.W.Kempton.

It was built to seat 600 people and its tower is 122 feet high, making it the largest religious building in the Rhondda valleys.

Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Cllr. Robert Bevan explained, “St Peter’s Church is regarded as the Cathedral of the Rhondda and is a splendid building which has remained at the very heart of the community for 125 years.

“What better way to celebrate its history than to literally open its doors for guided tours for local residents and visitors to the County Borough.

“Open Doors will include a number of churches and chapels being open, historical talks and tours and some rare opportunities to see inside and gain an insight into buildings that are not normally open to the public. I’m sure the many activities will entertain, inspire and educate all those who are fortunate enough to learn more about our wonderful County Borough.”

Visit St Peter’s Church, Pentre on Tuesday September 10th from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

For further information on the activities taking place as part of the Open Doors project, visit the events sections at