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Blaena' and the Moelwynion hills from the quarrymen's path to Bowydd Quarry - geograph.org.uk - 581860.jpg
Blaenau Ffestiniog
Ffestiniog is located in Gwynedd
Ffestiniog shown within Gwynedd
Population 4,875 (2011)
OS grid reference SH705455
  • Ffestiniog
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LL41
Dialling code 01766
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
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52°59′N 3°56′W / 52.99°N 3.93°W / 52.99; -3.93Coordinates: 52°59′N 3°56′W / 52.99°N 3.93°W / 52.99; -3.93

Ffestiniog is a community in Gwynedd in Wales, containing several villages, in particular the settlements of Llan Ffestiniog and Blaenau Ffestiniog. It has a population of 4,875.[1]


Ffestiniog was a parish in Cantref Ardudwy; in 1284, Ardudwy became part of the county of Meirionnydd, which became an administrative county in 1888.[2] Mary Evans (1735–89) founded a sect in Ffestiniog around 1780, whose believers held that she had married Christ in a ceremony held in Ffestiniog church. The sect soon died out after her death.[3] The parish was created an urban district in 1894.[2] On 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, Ffestiniog Urban District was abolished, becoming merged with other districts to form Meirionnydd District, which was itself abolished in 1996. Ffestiniog became a community with an elected town council.

Ffestiniog Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in 1893. The club closed at the end of March 2014.[4]


Celtic place-name in *-ākon "place of", then, "place belonging to, territory of" > Old Welsh -auc, -awg > Welsh -og. The form -iog with an additional /i/ can be explained by the preceding element, which is a personal name ending with -i-us : Festinius. The whole name should be *Festiniākon. Probably same name as Festigny (France, e.g.: Festigny, Marne, Festiniacus in 853)

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  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Neighbourhood Statistics : Census 2011 : Gwynedd
  2. ^ a b A Vision of Britain Through Time : Ffestiniog urban District Retrieved 12 January 2010
  3. ^ Jenkins, Robert Thomas (2009), "EVANS , MARY", Dictionary of Welsh Biagraphy, retrieved 2016-03-23 
  4. ^ "Ffestiniog Golf Club", "Golf’s Missing Links".

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