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The Criterion Public House

A Grade II Listed Building in Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Latitude: 51.6 / 51°36'0"N

Longitude: -3.3411 / 3°20'27"W

OS Eastings: 307212

OS Northings: 189871

OS Grid: ST072898

Mapcode National: GBR HQ.BGB1

Mapcode Global: VH6DR.11KR

Plus Code: 9C3RJM25+2H

Entry Name: The Criterion Public House

Listing Date: 17 July 1990

Last Amended: 26 February 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13524

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Close to the corner with Broadway at the crossroads below the railway station. Set into a row of frontages.

County: Rhondda Cynon Taff

Town: Pontypridd

Community: Pontypridd

Community: Pontypridd

Built-Up Area: Pontypridd

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Tagged with: Pub

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Dated 1904.


Symmetrical 2-storey and attic public house, with a gable front displaying highly unusual detail. The attic is jettied on deep fluted brackets and has East Anglian style foliage pargetting around a small pane casement window. The first floor has panelled pilasters to ends and flanking central tripartite window, projected forward to middle in Jacobean triangular manner. Between the pilasters are vertical panels of plasterwork including dragons, foliage and bowls of fruit, while a horizontal plaster panel below the window includes dolphins. The ground floor is recessed behind a mosaic and lettered pavement and has a panelled ceiling. The central bay is 5-sided and projects on a bulbous bowl-like base, with 4-centred arched windows with slender colonnettes and overlights with tulip pattern stained glass. It is flanked by panelled doors with similar overlights. The roof is slate.


The interior has an ornate panelled ceiling with moulded ribs and foliage friezes to the main cross beams and cornice. Opposite the bar is an Art Nouveau tiled dado.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for architectural interest as a striking and original public house with unusual East Anglian style pargetting over a remarkable glazed bar frontage.

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