Thornhill, Cardiff

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Coordinates: 51°32′19″N 3°11′28″W / 51.5386°N 3.1911°W / 51.5386; -3.1911

Thornhill (Welsh Draenen Pen-y-Graig draen thorn + -en one + pen top + 'y' the + craig rock [mutated to 'graig']) is a northern suburb in the city of Cardiff, capital of Wales, south of Caerphilly . It is a relatively modern area with housing stock dating mainly from the late 1980s and beyond. The area has a centralised precinct providing services, comprising a community centre (Thornhill Church Centre), Sainsbury's supermarket, Martins newsagent, Sainsbury's Pharmacy, and a Medical Centre; which in early August 2007, suffered an arson attack[1]. The building has since been redeveloped, and opened in May 2010. In October 2010 Sainsbury's commenced an expansion of the supermarket which entailed the demolition of Martins Newsagent and Blockbuster.At this time Sainsbury's Pharmacy and the Post Office (previously within Martin's) relocated to portacabins within Sainsbury's Car Park. The expansion is due to finish in February/March 2011.

There are four public houses located in Thornhill: the Old Cottage, Pendragon, Pentre Gwilym House and the Ffynnon Wen. A fifth pub, The Traveller's Rest is de facto in Thornhill due to its geographic location; although it is de jure in Caerphilly based on its postcode and council locale. Despite being placed directly off the M4 corridor, Thornhill has no motorway junction; although it is generally theorised amongst residents that the long awaited 'Junction 31' will serve Thornhill.

Thornhill Cemetery is a major cemetery located in this area of Cardiff. Thornhill crematorium was built on this site during the 1950s as a dedicated crematorium. This differs from the crematorium that was set up in nearby Glyntaff; this in contrast was a chapel that was originally used for traditional burials and modified to serve as a crematorium.

Most of Thornhill's residential development took place during the 1990s, Cardiff County Council originally planned Thornhill as "The Villages of Thornhill"; with clusters of houses interspersed by large "green" areas. These green areas were short lived as rapid housing development resulted in homes being built in areas adjoining the "Villages".

Thornhill also houses a few tucked away historical sites including the remains of a castle situated close to the Caerphilly/Thornhill border known as Castell Morgraig.

Thornhill falls into the Llanishen Ward on Cardiff County Council.


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