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The Victoria Inn at Llanbedr (geograph 2559687).jpg
Victoria Inn, Llanbedr
Llanbedr is located in Gwynedd
Location within Gwynedd
Population645 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSH582268
  • Llanbedr
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLL45
Dialling code01341
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
52°49′12″N 4°06′04″W / 52.820°N 4.101°W / 52.820; -4.101Coordinates: 52°49′12″N 4°06′04″W / 52.820°N 4.101°W / 52.820; -4.101

Llanbedr (About this soundWelsh pronunciation) is a village and community in the Ardudwy area, formerly Meirionnydd, of Gwynedd, Wales.


Ancient monuments at Llanbedr include Neolithic standing stones; the Stones of Llanbedr and Bronze Age hut circles. The village originally grew around the slate quarrying industry. Glyn Pedr is a Victorian Grade II listed residence on Maes Ffynnon.

During the first world war Marian Antonia Gamwell who was a widow (became Mrs Owen) created a British Red Cross auxiliary hospital at her new home, the country house called Aber Artro, at Llanbedr.[2]

Church and chapel[edit]

The church of St Peter, after whom the village is named (Pedr being the Welsh for Peter), is a Grade II* listed building.[3]

In 2019 approval was given to convert Capel Moriah in Llanbedr, which had gone out of use, into a Mosque.[4]

About 1 mile (1.6 km) east of the village centre is the hamlet of Pentre Gwynfryn whose chapel, Capel Salem, was the subject of a painting by the artist Sydney Curnow Vosper. The painting, entitled Salem, showed a member of the congregation, Siân Owen, in traditional Welsh costume and became famous throughout Britain in the mid-20th century.[5]


Llanbedr has a recently reopened airport which, until 2004, was operated by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) and QinetiQ as a launch site for remotely piloted drone 'aircraft' for use as aerial targets by the RAF and other UK forces.[6] . The airfield was included in the Snowdonia Enterprise Zone by the Welsh Government in January 2013.

In 2018, the airport became home to a flying school offering pleasure flights and flying lessons.


The Morfa Dyffryn sand dunes and Mochras (Shell Island) lie nearby. It also boasts two public houses; Ty Mawr Hotel and The Victoria Inn.

To the north of the village is the smaller village of Pensarn, situated at the estuary of the river Artro. This is the location of Llanbedr & Pensarn Yacht Club and the Christian Mountain Centre, a residential adventure activity centre.


Llanbedr railway station, formerly known as Talwrn Bach Halt, is a little out of the village itself and is served by the Cambrian Line.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward also covers the Community of Llanfair. The total ward population at the 2011 Census was 1,098.[7]


In 2008 Llanbedr was twinned with Huchenfeld, Germany, following many years of exchanges between schools, churches, musicians and community leaders, in remembrance of the ghastly occurrences in 1945 at Pforzheim and Huchenfeld during the Second World War.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Gamwell, (Antonia) Marian (1891–1977), volunteer ambulance driver and commanding officer of the FANY". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-67668;jsessionid=4e4405019f2563477868052b9a81f332. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Church of St Peter, Llanbedr". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  4. ^ Williams, Gareth. "Green light to convert former chapel into mosque". Cambrian News. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  5. ^ Gower, Jon (23 May 2002). "Salem exhibition visits castle". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  6. ^ Mills, Wendy (2002) Target Rolling: A History of Llanbedr Airfield 1941-2002, Hinckley, Leics: Midland Publishing ISBN 1-85780-136-9
  7. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 16 May 2015.

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