Rhondda Cynon Taff Wales
Postal Code: CF37 4BE
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Glyntaff Cemetery and Crematorium
Glyntaff Crematorium was opened in 1924, the sixteenth to open in Great Britian, but, for almost thirty years, the only Crematorium serving the whole of Wales.
There are two chapels, both of traditional design, and these, together with the beauty of the gardens, add to the dignity and peacefulness of the Crematorium.
The Crematorium was established within the existing Cemetery in Glyntaff which had opened in 1874. It is unique in its position as the oldest Crematorium in Wales, and also in its links with Dr William Price (1800-1893), who lived in Pontypridd and was active in establishing cremation as a legal form of disposal of the dead in Great Britain in 1884. A stained glass memorial window to Dr William Price was placed in the North Chapel in 1966.
This cemetery contains war graves of both world wars, the burials of the 1914-1918 War being scattered in various parts of the cemetery. The burials of the 1939-1945 War are also scattered throughout the cemetery. In the centre of the cemetery, facing the entrance gates, is a Crematorium where members of His Majesty's Forces were cremated during the 1939-1945 war and are commemorated.