Pontypridd Town, Rhondda Cynon Taff, old County of Mid Glamorgan. Location: off A470, 11m (18km) NW of Cardiff. Description: Large, lively Taff Valley town with industrial past. Bridge: Famous single-span stone bridge over River Taff survives from 18th century. Famous people: Famous sons of area are Tom Jones and opera singers Stewart Burrows and the late Sir Geraint Evans. Museum: Pontypridd Historical and Cultural Centre at the Old Bridge tells story of local coal-mining communities. Housed in sympathetically converted chapel. Open to the public. Population: 34,000. Pottery: John Hughes's Pottery produces distinctive `grogg' figures of famous people. Business started with rugby sporting personalities, but has since branched out. Large, lively Taff Valley town with industrial past.Railway station: On Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff branch line. Sport: Golf club. Statues: Statues in Ynysangharad Park commemorate Evan and James James, composers of the Welsh National Anthem. Swimming pool: Indoor pool (at Rhydyfelin). Tourist information centre: Pontypridd Historical and Cultural Centre, The Old Bridge, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan CF37 3PE (tel (01443-409512).