The Foelas Arms
Pentrefoelas shown within Conwy
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Pentrefoelas is a village and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales. The village lies on the A5 road between Betws-y-coed to the west and Cerrigydrudion to the east. The Merddwr river, a tributary of the River Conwy, flows through it. The community had a population of 339 at the time of the 2001 census. It has an area of 53.86 km2 and covers a large region around the village including part of Mynydd Hiraethog, Llyn Alwen and part of Alwen Reservoir.
The name of the village comes from pentre (Welsh for "village") and a nearby hill, Foel Las ("green bare-topped hill"). The hill is the site of a motte built around 1164 in the time of Owain Gwynedd. Old Voelas House, home of the Wynne family, was built at the foot of the hill in 1545. It was demolished in 1819 and a new site was established two kilometres to the west. The current Voelas Hall was built in 1961 and was designed by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis.
Y Giler, built in the 16th century, was the home of the poet Rhys Wyn and is now a pub. The village had a chapel in medieval times but the site of the current church was first used in the 1770s and the current building dates from 1857–1859.
- "Census 2001: Parish Headcounts: Conwy". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
- Davies, John; Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines & Peredur I. Lynch (2008) The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales, University of Wales Press, Cardiff.
- Owen, Hywel Wyn & Richard Morgan (2007) Dictionary of the Place-names of Wales, Gomer Press, Llandysul, Ceredigion.
- Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust. Pentrefoelas Church. Accessed 13 March 2012.
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