Llanfynydd

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Llanfynydd is a village in Carmarthenshire, Wales. It lies some 10 miles north-east of the county town, Carmarthen.

Thomas Rees, Congregational minister and historian of nonconformity, was born at Pen Pontbren, Llanfynydd, on 13 December 1815.

In July 2004 – in protest over plans to erect a wind farm nearby – the residents of Llanfynydd renamed their village Llanhyfryddawellehynafolybarcudprindanfygythiadtrienusyllafnauole ("lovely silent church, ancient place of the rare kite under wretched threat from misplaced blades") for the space of one week.[1]

The name was chosen to reflect the villagers' concern that the wind farm would threaten three endangered[citation needed] species of bird – the (red kite, the curlew, and the skylark) – and to generate publicity for their cause by being longer than the previously longest placename in the UK: that of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Anglesey.

The protest went ahead despite assurances from the local council and from the Spanish-owned developers Gamesa Energy UK (part of Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica) that the single wind turbine planned was intended merely as a test to see how suitable the area might be for wind turbines in the future.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC News website (Jan. 30, 2007). " Long Winded Village Name protest". Retrieved on July 19, 2004.

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Coordinates: 51°55′41″N 4°05′53″W / 51.928°N 4.098°W / 51.928; -4.098