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Llanybydder shown within Carmarthenshire
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Llanybydder (Welsh pronunciation: [ˌɬanəˈbəðɛr], sometimes formerly spelt Llanbydder) is a market town straddling the River Teifi in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, West Wales, with a population of 1,423, almost three quarters of whom are Welsh-speaking according to the United Kingdom Census 2001. The nearest university is the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, located in the nearest town, Lampeter (Llanbedr Pont Steffan). Mynydd Llanllwni (408 m) and Mynydd Pencarreg (415 m) are mountains to the east/south east of Llanybydder.
The name may be a corruption of 'Llanbedr', the church dedicated to St Peter; or of 'Llanybyddair', the church of the Ambuscade.
There is evidence of an iron age settlement on the hill that overlooks the town. Highmead, formerly the country mansion Dolau Mawr, built in 1777, is now a centre of religious studies for the Muslim faith.
Llanybydder gained a connection to the national rail network on the Manchester and Milford Railway in 1867, which was originally part of an ill-fated scheme to link Manchester to the deepwater port at Milford Haven. However, financial pressures led the route to be diverted, and it remained a cross country route, with passenger services running until flooding severely damaged the line south of Aberystwyth in December 1964. The cost of repairs to a little-used rural line was deemed prohibitive, and although a limited service continued running from Carmarthen to Tregaron for another few months this was the era of the Beeching Axe. The line was closed to passengers in February 1965.
Llanybydder is notable for the horse fairs held there on the last Thursday of each month. These attract dealers and buyers from all parts of the UK and Ireland. The biggest are held in September and October. Of particular interest are the sales of local Welsh cobs.
As of October 2012[update], Dunbia (Dungannon Meats) was the largest business in Llanybydder, an abattoir, providing around 650 jobs. Some 350 migrant workers, mostly Poles but also Slovaks and Czechs, were employed there, and the presence of such a large Polish community has had a significant impact on the rural community. They specialise in Welsh lamb; the business was formerly known as "Oriel Jones" - a family-run business owned by a local farmer.
At one time there were seven bakeries in the village, and at least ten pubs. As of 2012[update] only one bakery and three pubs remained. Other businesses include cafes, farmers' co-operatives, a post office, a solicitor's practice, and a hotel in the village square. The National Farmers Union also has a small office in the village.
- Morgan, Thomas The Place-Names of Wales (1912) p.111
- History and Traditions of the Neighbourhood of Highmead, Transactions and archaeological record, Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society Vol. 1, No. 3 1913, at Welsh Journals Online, National Library of Wales
- Short, L.Ploughing the Furrow, Oriel Davis
- Clubs - Llanybydder at ceredigionleague.co.uk
- Lewys Glyn Cothi, National Library of Wales
- Llanybydder and Rhydcymerau Community Council website
- Llanybydder demographics
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Llanybydder and surrounding area
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|Lampeter(6 miles) A485|
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