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HUGHES , JOHN ( 1873 - 1932 ), composer of the hymn-tune ‘Cwm Rhondda’ .

Born 22 Nov. 1873 at Dowlais ; eldest son of Evan Hughes . His parents removed to Holly Bush , Llantwit Fardre ( Llanilltud Faerdref ) in 1874 ; the father was deacon and precentor at Salem Baptist church there. John Hughes started work in a mine at 12 years of age, later became clerk , and finally was an official of the Great Western colliery at Pontypridd . He m. ( 1905 ) Hannah Maria David , and had a son and a daughter. Like his father, he became deacon and precentor at Salem church ; it was for the 1907 anniversary services at Capel Rhondda , Pontypridd , that he composed his very wellknown hymn-tune which, however, was only one of his many hymn-tunes, anthems, and songs. He d. at Ton-teg , Llantwit Fardre , 14 May 1932 .


  • Information from his son, Mr. Gwyn D. Hughes , Llanharry;
  • Huw Williams Y Goleuad , 22 June 1990 , 6.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959