Dolwyddelan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Coordinates: 53°02′33″N 3°53′43″W / 53.042410°N 3.895229°W / 53.042410; -3.895229

Dolwyddelan
Welsh: Dolwyddelan
Dowyddelan Wales.jpeg
Part of the village of Dolwyddelan
Dolwyddelan is located in Conwy
Dolwyddelan
Dolwyddelan
 Dolwyddelan shown within Conwy
Population 427 (2001)
OS grid reference SH730511
Community Dolwyddelan
Principal area Conwy
Ceremonial county Clwyd
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DOLWYDDELAN
Postcode district LL25
Dialling code 01690
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Aberconwy
Welsh Assembly Aberconwy
List of places
UK
Wales
Conwy

Dolwyddelan, (Welsh language : the meadow of Gwyddelan) is a village and community in Conwy county borough, north Wales, on the main A470 road between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Betws-y-Coed. The name of the village translates as "Gwyddelan's meadow", referring to the 5th or 6th century Saint Gwyddelan, after whom the parish church is named. As a community, the population of Dolwyddelan was recorded in the 2001 Census as 427,[1] and 55.8% of those residents could speak Welsh.[2]

The town's name was formerly often spelled as Dolwyddelen, especially by the railway between 1880 and 1980.[3]

Buildings of note[edit]

The village is particularly noted for Dolwyddelan Castle, the reputed birthplace of Prince Llywelyn ab Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great), though this unlikely as the main keep was not built until around 1220.[1] It has a railway station on the Conwy Valley Line. Also, of note is Elen's Castle Hotel which dates back over 300 years. Once the building was home of Baron Gwydyr and part of the Earl of Ancaster's Estate. The latter sold it to his game-keeper in the 1870s who then opened it as a coaching inn which specialised in hunting parties.

Geography[edit]

Nearby mountains include Moel Siabod to the north, Moel Penamnen and Y Ro Wen to the south and, further afield, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) lies approximately 10 miles to the west. Carreg Alltrem, a crag used by many rock climbers, can be found about a mile south of the village.

Notable residents[edit]

Angharad James, poet, lived in Cwm Penamnen, to the south of the village, most of her life and is buried in Saint Gwyddelan's church.[4]

The village is the birthplace of Welsh preacher John Jones, Talysarn.

Playwright, writer, and theatre critic Paul Griffiths also lived and worked here.[5]

The sprinter Rachel Johncock also lives in the village. She represented Great Britain in the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics for the 100m and 4x100m relay.[6]

Home of Baron Gwydyr and the Earl of Ancaster. To be precise the building which is currently Elen's Castle Hotel was his home.

Film[edit]

In 1980 Walt Disney used Dolwyddelan Castle and surrounding grounds to film all the external castle scenes in the film Dragonslayer. During the making of Dragonslayer many other scenes were shot in North Wales.[7]

Images[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 221. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6. 
  2. ^ "Report on the Welsh language". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Bala to Llandudno, Mitchell & Smith, Middleton Press 2010
  4. ^ Owen Thomas, D.D., Cofiant Y Parchedig John Jones, Talsarn (Wrexham 1874)
  5. ^ The Western Mail, Monday 29 May 2000 : 'Playwright at 12 now film writer' : Karen Price Arts & Media Correspondent
  6. ^ Jones, Dave (19 July 2012). "Athletics: Rachel Johncock does us proud in World Junior Athletics Championships". Daily Post. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dolwyddelan Castle". North Wales Daily Post. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Dolwyddelan at Wikimedia Commons