Ffestiniog

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Coordinates: 52°59′N 3°56′W / 52.99°N 3.93°W / 52.99; -3.93

Ffestiniog
Blaena' and the Moelwynion hills from the quarrymen's path to Bowydd Quarry - geograph.org.uk - 581860.jpg
Blaenau Ffestiniog
Ffestiniog is located in Gwynedd
Ffestiniog
Ffestiniog
 Ffestiniog shown within Gwynedd
Population 4,874 (2011)
OS grid reference SH705455
Community Ffestiniog
Principal area Gwynedd
Ceremonial county Gwynedd
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BLAENAU FFESTINIOG
Postcode district LL41
Dialling code 01766
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Welsh Assembly Dwyfor Meirionnydd
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Ffestiniog is a community in Gwynedd in Wales, containing several villages, in particular the settlements of Llan Ffestiniog and Blaenau Ffestiniog. It has a population of 4,874.[1]

Ffestiniog was a parish in Cantref Ardudwy; in 1284, Ardudwy became part of the county of Meirionnydd, which became an administrative county in 1888. The parish was created an urban district in 1894.[2] On 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, Ffestiniog Urban District was abolished, becoming merged with other districts to form Meirionnydd District, which was itself abolished in 1996. Ffestiniog became a community with an elected town council.

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Celtic place-name in *-ākon “place of”, then, “place belonging to, territory of” > Old Welsh -auc, -awg > Welsh -og. The form -iog with an additional /i/ can be explained by the preceding element, which is a personal name ending with -i-us : Festinius. The whole name should be *Festiniākon. Probably same name as Festigny (France, e.g.: Festigny, Marne, Festiniacus in 853)

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