Llangefni

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Llangefni
Llangefni clock tower.jpeg
Llangefni clock tower
Llangefni is located in Anglesey
Llangefni
Llangefni
 Llangefni shown within Anglesey
Population 5,116 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SH4675
Principal area Anglesey
Ceremonial county Gwynedd
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Llangefni
Postcode district LL77
Dialling code 01248
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Ynys Môn
Welsh Assembly Ynys Môn
List of places
UK
Wales
Anglesey

Coordinates: 53°15′22″N 4°18′50″W / 53.256°N 4.314°W / 53.256; -4.314

Llangefni is the county town[2] of Anglesey in Wales and contains the principal offices of the Isle of Anglesey County Council. The United Kingdom Census 2011 recorded Llangefni's population as 5,116 people, making it the second largest settlement on the island.[1] The Census also recorded that 83.8% of the population speak Welsh fluently, with the highest percentage of speakers being in the 10-14 age group where 95.2% are able to speak Welsh.

Location[edit]

The town is near the centre of the island on the River Cefni, after which it is named. Its attractions include the Oriel Ynys Môn Museum, which details the history of Anglesey and housing the legacy collection of Charles Tunnicliffe. In the west of the town is a large secondary school, Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni (Llangefni Comprehensive School), and in the north a Victorian parish church, St Cyngar's, set in a wooded riverside location called the Dingle. The town was formerly named Llangyngar, Welsh for "St Cyngar's church".

Commerce[edit]

Bridge street, Llangefni circa 1875
Town centre

Llangefni is the principal commercial and farming town on the island – the larger town of Holyhead being a port town and somewhat separate from the agricultural, cultural and linguistical nature of the rest of the island – and in the past hosted the largest cattle market on the island.

There is a relatively large industrial estate housing a slaughterhouse and several other small businesses.

The town had a station on the Anglesey Central Railway line which opened in 1864. It closed in 1964 although goods trains continued to pass through the town until 1993. Although no longer used, the tracks have not been removed.

Llangefni hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1957, 1983 and in 1999 gave its name to the Eisteddfod held at the nearby village of Llanbedrgoch. It also hosted the Urdd Eisteddfod in 1994.

This town also has a college, Coleg Menai (Llangefni site).

Water for the town comes from Llyn Cefni a reservoir ⅔ of a mile to the north.

Sport[edit]

The local association football club, Llangefni Town, was promoted to the Welsh Premier League at the end of the 2006–07 season, but relegated one season later. Llangefni has another football club, Wellmans FC, which plays on Sundays in the North Gwynedd and Anglesey League's I and H Griffiths Premier Division.

The local rugby club is Llangefni RFC, which plays in the WRU leagues. The club recently gained promotion to Division 2 West, but the WRU then decided to demote the club back to Division 4 North Wales league.[3]

Notable people[edit]

St Cyngar's Church, Llangefni

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Area: Llangefni (Parish) Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Baines, Menna; Llynch, Peredur (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. p. 494. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6. 
  3. ^ "Llangefni fight WRU 'relegation'". BBC Online. Retrieved 20 August 2007. 

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