Tycroes

Tycroes Village sits on the westernmost fringe of the Amman Valley.  The village is surrounded by countryside and offers views over to the Black Mountains. The main road follows the line of the A483 which is an important artery from the M4 and south Wales to the north. The heart of the village is Tycroes Square, where many of the streets intersect around the village clock.

The Fferws brook provides a border with the administrative area of Llandybie.

The village has a number of retail businesses including shops, a florist, a garden centre, a fish shop, a chemist and hairdressers. There are also a number of supply and manufacturing businesses based within Tycroes.

There is a strong local Rugby Club and a pub/restaurant at The Mountain Gate. The village also benefits from facilities such as the Village Hall, Church Hall and Scout’s Hall as well as several local parks. The largest, Tycroes Park on Heol Brown, boasts a multi-use games area as well as children’s play equipment.  Fferws Park and Heol Brown football pitch are both large open spaces for sports and recreation, free for public use.

Tycroes School has recently been modernised and provides English medium education in a bright and friendly environment.  There is also a Cylch Meithrin based in St Edmunds Hall at the centre of the village.

There are several places of worship in Tycroes, including the Chapels of Caersalem, Moreia, and Bethesda, St Edmunds Church, and the Gospel Hall.

For further information about the ward, visit: https://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/media/1212827/tycroes-ward.pdf

History

Tŷcroes grew in size due to its proximity to the anthracite coal belt. The main colliery was the Wernos Colliery built on land owned by the Stepney Estate. There were amalgamations with other collieries, notably Rhos Colliery in the neighbouring parish.

The village had a vigorous community life centring on the Welsh Chapels. This led to a lively musical and theatrical tradition. Many fine musicians came from the village appearing in eisteddfodau and on the operatic stage.

History Courtesy of Helenor and Howard Jones

Chapel at Tycroes
Tycroes Village