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Pentrefoelas, The Foelas Arms - - 55301.jpg
The Foelas Arms
Pentrefoelas is located in Conwy
 Pentrefoelas shown within Conwy
Population 339 (2001)
OS grid reference SH8751
Community Pentrefoelas
Principal area Conwy
Ceremonial county Clwyd
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BETWS-Y-COED
Postcode district LL24
Dialling code 01690
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Clwyd West
Welsh Assembly Clwyd West
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Coordinates: 53°02′56″N 3°40′48″W / 53.049°N 3.680°W / 53.049; -3.680

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.[1] 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.[2]

The name of the village comes from pentre (Welsh for "village") and a nearby hill, Foel Las ("green bare-topped hill").[3] 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.[2]

Plas Iolyn

Other houses around the village include Plas Iolyn, home to the 16th-century MP Elis Prys and his son, the poet Tomos Prys. It is now a farmhouse.

Y Giler, built in the 16th century, was the home of the poet Rhys Wyn and is now a pub.[2] 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.[4]


  1. ^ "Census 2001: Parish Headcounts: Conwy". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Davies, John; Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines & Peredur I. Lynch (2008) The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales, University of Wales Press, Cardiff.
  3. ^ Owen, Hywel Wyn & Richard Morgan (2007) Dictionary of the Place-names of Wales, Gomer Press, Llandysul, Ceredigion.
  4. ^ Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust. Pentrefoelas Church. Accessed 13 March 2012.

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View towards the village