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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
Population4,875 (2011)
OS grid referenceSH705455
  • Ffestiniog
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLL41
Dialling code01766
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
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 (About this soundWelsh pronunciation) 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 Archived 4 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. 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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