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Llandderfel and River Dee
Llandderfel is located in Gwynedd
Location within Gwynedd
Area114.1 km2 (44.1 sq mi)
Population1,095 (2011)
• Density10/km2 (26/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSH980371
  • Llandderfel
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBALA
Postcode districtLL23
Dialling code01678
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
52°55′19″N 3°30′58″W / 52.922°N 3.516°W / 52.922; -3.516Coordinates: 52°55′19″N 3°30′58″W / 52.922°N 3.516°W / 52.922; -3.516

Llandderfel is a village and a sparsely populated community in Gwynedd, Wales, near Bala, formerly served by the Llandderfel railway station. The community also includes the settlements of Glan-yr-afon, Llanfor, Cefnddwysarn and Frongoch. The Community population taken at the 2011 census was 1,095.[1]

Palé Hall[edit]

Palé Hall was built in 1871, on the site of an older manor house in Llandderfel. It was designed by Samuel Pountney Smith of Shrewsbury for Henry Robertson MP, a railway engineer and local landowner. The house was used as a military hospital in World War I and a home for evacuated children in World War II. The Robertson family sold the estate to the Duke of Westminster in the 1950s.[2]

The church of St Derfel[edit]

The parish church of Llandderfel (Saint Dervel) is part of the diocese of St Asaph and is mentioned in the Papal Registers of the late 15th century.[3] The poet Dewi Havhesp is buried at Llandderfel church yard.

A Celtic Llan site, founded in the early 6th century by Saint Derfel, the church was rebuilt probably in the early 16th century. A large wooden image of the saint was sent to London in 1538 and burned with John Forest in Smithfield, however the now headless carved red stag and staff are still preserved within the porch.[4][5]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches beyond the confines of Llandderfel with a population taken at the 2011 census of 1,511.[6]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "community population 2011". Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Llandderfel". Savills.
  3. ^ J. A. Twemlow (editor) (1933). "Lateran Regesta 586: 1463". Calendar of Papal Registers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 12: 1458–1471. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 2 July 2013.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Wales' 1000 Best Heritage Sites by Terry Breverton, Amberley Publishing Limited, 2013, ISBN 978-1-4456-2013-8
  5. ^ Parish Church of St Derfel, Llandderfel, British Listed Buildings
  6. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Professor Sir Rees Davies". 13 July 2013.

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