Our History

Our practice is in the small village of Taff’s Well (Ffynnon Taf in Welsh) on the outskirts of Cardiff, the Capital City of Wales. The village is situated alongside the River Taff and the Practice is sited opposite the natural hot spring - Taff’s Well Thermal Spa - where the water is permanently 18.9 degrees Centigrade. The spa was built in Roman times and was used as an outdoor lido.

It is the only natural thermal spa in Wales. The village is overlooked by the handsome Castell Coch (Red Castle), where many film productions have been filmed, including Dr Who (Journeys End episode), Merlin, The Changeling, The Worst Witch, Tracey Beaker Movie of Me, the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Prisoner of Zenda. Taff's Well is also the original location of the story that inspired the film: The Englishman That Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain starring Hugh Grant.

The practice history is very interesting. We believe the practice may be the oldest dental practice in Wales operating continuously from its original site. The practice has been owned by only 2 families - the Lewis family and now the Griffiths family. The beginnings of the practice started in Taff Street, Pontypridd 1903.

They relocated the dental surgery to its present site in Cardiff Road, Taff's Well, when they built the original house. It was constructed in 1909 by dentist, Corney Lewis, as a family home with a dental surgery in the front room. Corney Lewis, the founder of the practice, passed the practice on to his son, Eric Lewis and then on to his grandson, Christopher Eric Corney Lewis.

Colin Griffiths became Chris' partner 30 years ago and when Chris retired in 2009, Colin and his wife, Denise, bought the property from him. They also established the practice as a limited company.

Lara Griffiths, their daughter, qualified in 2010 and joined the Practice as a DF1 dentist. Lara remained as an Associate for the next 2 years and has now become a Director of the Company.

Their son, Christopher Griffiths, qualified in law from Glamorgan University and later passed his LPC (Legal Practice Course). Rather than heading towards the legal profession, Christopher, has been invaluable to the Practice as Business Manager.