Llanbedr

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This article is about the village in Gwynedd. For other places, see Llanbedr (disambiguation).

Coordinates: 52°49′12″N 4°06′05″W / 52.82011°N 4.10137°W / 52.82011; -4.10137

Llanbedr
Llanbedr in January.jpg
Llanbedr with Clwydian Range in background
Llanbedr is located in Gwynedd
Llanbedr
Llanbedr
 Llanbedr shown within Gwynedd
Population 1,005 (includes Llanfair & Llandanwg)
OS grid reference SH582268
Principal area Gwynedd
Ceremonial county Gwynedd
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LLANBEDR
Postcode district LL45
Dialling code 01341
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Welsh Assembly Dwyfor Meirionnydd
List of places
UK
Wales
Gwynedd

Llanbedr is a village and community in the Ardudwy area of Gwynedd, Wales.

The village originally grew around the slate quarrying industry. Attractions in Llanbedr include Neolithic standing stones; the Stones of Llanbedr and Bronze Age hut circles. The Morfa Dyffryn sand dunes and Mochras (Shell Island) lie nearby. It also boasts two public houses; Ty Mawr Hotel and The Victoria Inn.

The church of St Peter, after whom the village is named, is a class II* listed building. [1]

A mile from the village is the hamlet of Pentre Gwynfryn whose chapel, Capel Salem, was the subject of a painting by the artist Sydney Curnow Vosper. The painting, entitled Salem, showed a member of the congregation, Siân Owen, in traditional Welsh costume and became famous throughout Britain in the mid 20th century.[2]

Llanbedr has a recently-reopened airport which, until 2004, was operated by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) and QinetiQ as a launch site for remotely piloted drone 'aircraft' for use as aerial targets by the RAF and other UK forces.[3] Opposite the airfield is one of two NACATC units (National Air Cadets Adventure Training Centres) in the UK (the other being in the village of Windermere in the English Lake District). The airfield was included in the Snowdonia Enterprise Zone by the Welsh Government in January 2013.

To the north of the village is the smaller village of Pensarn, situated on the sea estuary where the river Artro enters the Irish Sea. This is the location of Llanbedr & Pensarn Yacht Club and the Christian Mountain Centre, a residential adventure activity centre.

Llanbedr and Huchenfeld were twinned in 2008 following many years of exchanges between schools, churches, musicians and community leaders. A close relationship was developed and goodwill established between the communities, in remembrance of the ghastly occurrences in 1945 at Pforzheim and Huchenfeld during the Second World War.

The village has a railway station (a little out of the village itself) served by the Cambrian Line. Llanbedr station was formerly known as Talwrn Bach Halt.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Church of St Peter, Llanbedr". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Gower, Jon (23 May 2002). "Salem exhibition visits castle". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Mills, Wendy (2002) Target Rolling: A History of Llanbedr Airfield 1941-2002, Hinckley, Leics: Midland Publishing ISBN 1-85780-136-9

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