Buan, Gwynedd

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St Buan's Church in Boduan
Buan is located in Gwynedd
Buan shown within Gwynedd
Population 484 (2011)
OS grid reference SH3237
  • Buan
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PWLLHELI
Postcode district LL53
Dialling code 01758
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52°54′40″N 4°29′31″W / 52.911°N 4.492°W / 52.911; -4.492Coordinates: 52°54′40″N 4°29′31″W / 52.911°N 4.492°W / 52.911; -4.492

Buan is a community in the Welsh county of Gwynedd, located on the Llŷn Peninsula. It includes the villages of Boduan and Rhydyclafdy, and has a population of 469,[1] increasing to 484 at the 2011 Census.


In 1870–72 the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales by John Marius Wilson described Buan as:

BODVEAN, or Bodfaen, a parish in Pwllheli district, Carnarvon; 2½ miles SE of Nevin, and 4 WNW of Pwllheli r. station. It has a post office under Pwllheli. Acres, 2,572. Real property, £1,434. Pop., 382. Houses, 84. The property is divided between two. Bodvean Hall is the seat of Lord Newborough. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bangor. Value, £198. Patron, the Bishop of Bangor. The church is modern, and has monuments of the Wynnes. There are a Calvinistic Methodist chapel, and a slightly endowed school.[2]

Geography and demographics[edit]

Buan is located in the south-western central part of Gwynedd on the Llŷn Peninsula, in North West Wales, and includes the villages of Boduan and Rhydyclafdy. The landscape is dominated by farms and woodland.[3] According to the 2011 census, the community of Buan had a population of 484 people (250 males and 234 females). In addition, there are 195 households in the community with a population density of 0.1 per hectare.[4] Buan is situated near the Corn Bodvean hill, and its nearest town is Nefyn which is located approximately 1-mile (1.6 km) south of the community.[5] Christianity was the majority religion in the area with two people stating they followed other religions.[6] Of Buan's 484 residents, 84.1% described their health as either "good" or "very good", and of those aged between 16 and over, 18.8% had no academic qualifications or one GCSE, lower than the figures for all of Gwynedd (23.2%) and Wales (25.9%).[4]


In local government Buan is governed by Gwynedd Council, and is in the Efailnewydd/Buan ward, which is part of the Dwyfor electoral district.[7] At the national level Buan is in the Welsh parliamentary constituency of Dwyfor Meirionnydd, for which Liz Saville-Roberts (Plaid Cymru) has been MP since 2015.[8][9] In the general election of 2015 Saville-Roberts won 11,790 votes (40.9%), giving her a majority of 5,261; the Conservative Party won 6,550 (22.7%) and the Labour Party won 3,904 votes (13.5%), while the United Kingdom Independence Party took 3,126 votes (10.8%). The Independent candidate Louise Hughes, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party each won fewer than 2,000 votes, Hughes performed slightly better of all three.[9] In the Welsh Assembly Buan is in the constituency of Dwyfor Meirionnydd for which Dafydd Elis-Thomas has been the Assembly Member since its creation in 2007.[8][10] For European elections Buan is in the Wales constituency.[11]


Ysgol Rhydyclafdy School was the only primary school in the community and closed in 2008 due to a falling number in pupils and as part of a programme that saw two additional schools being closed on the Llŷn Peninsula. Gwynedd Council allowed the building to be reopened as a nursery with community facilities two years later.[12]

Notable landmarks[edit]

Buan contains 34 Grade II listed buildings, in addition to two Grade II* listed buildings.[13] The former church of the same name, St Buan, was in 1765, and is reminiscent of the Romanesque style in design. The church was later deconsecrated and sold in 2004.[14]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Gwynedd Retrieved 13 January 2010
  2. ^ "Buan Caernarvonshire". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Maps (Map). Google Maps. 
  4. ^ a b "Community population 2011". Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bodvean". GENWKI. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Area: Buan (Parish) – Religion, 2011 (KS209EW)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "3 May 2012 Election". Gwynedd Council. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Dwyfor Meirionnydd Parliamentary constituency: Election 2015". BBC News. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Elis-Thomas, Dafydd Elis (born 1946), Member (Plaid Cymru) Dwyfor Meirionnydd, National Assembly for Wales, since 2007 (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy, 1999–2007)". Who's Who. Retrieved 12 June 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ "MEPs by Region". European Parliament / Information Office in the United Kingdom. n.d. Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  12. ^ White, Kevin (22 July 2010). "Former school Ysgol Rhydyclafdy set to be used as nursery". North Wales Daily Post. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Listed Buildings in Buan, Gwynedd, Wales". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Church of St Buan, Boduan, Gwynedd". Stained Glass in Wales. Retrieved 12 June 2016.