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St Garmon's church
Not to be confused with Llanfechan ("Little Parish") in southern Powys.

Llanfechain is a small village located in northern Powys, mid Wales, between Llanfyllin and Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain. It has a population of approximately 600 people.[1]

Features include a local pub, the "Plas-yn-Dinas", a small primary school and a village hall. The parish church, St Garmon's, was originally constructed in Norman times, and still retains many original features.[2] It is a Grade II* listed building [3]

The village has held a traditional village show on the August Bank Holiday weekend every year since 1966.[1]

The village was served by the Llanfyllin branch of the Cambrian Railways, which has since been dismantled.[4]

Llanfechain was the birthplace of Walter Davies, who undertook printed surveys of the rural economy and society of Wales at the turn of the 19th century.[5]

The novelist and playwright James Hanley lived in Llanfechain from December 1940 until 1963. After he died in London in 1985 Hanley was buried in the village.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Llanfechain Village Show". Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  2. ^ "Church of St Garmon , Llanfechain". Montgomeryshire Churches Survey. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  3. ^ "Church of St. Garmon, Llanfechain". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Victorian Llanfechain". Victorian Powys for Schools. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain') and The Board of Agriculture". The National Library of Wales. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  6. ^ Chris Gostick, "Extra Material on James Hanley's The Closed Harbour". The Closed Harbour. (Richmond, Surrey: Oneworld Classics, 2009), p.213.

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Coordinates: 52°46′28″N 3°12′07″W / 52.7744°N 3.2019°W / 52.7744; -3.2019