Llandderfel and River Dee
|Area||114.1 km2 (44.1 sq mi)|
|• Density||10/km2 (26/sq mi)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
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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 Rhiwlas, Llanfor, Cefnddwysarn and Frongoch. The Community population taken at the 2011 census was 1,095.
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.
The church of St Derfel
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. 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.
- Huw Cae Llwyd (born about 1431 - died after 1505), poet
- Edward Jones (1752-1824), harpist.
- Dewi Havhesp (1831-1884), poet, noted especially for his englynion.
- Huw Derfel (1816-1890), author of the first mountain handbook in Welsh.
- Robert Jones Derfel (1824-1905), patriotic poet and early Socialist.
- Rees Davies (1938-2005), Chichelle Professor of Medieval History 
- "community population 2011". Retrieved 16 May 2015.
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- 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)
- Wales' 1000 Best Heritage Sites by Terry Breverton, Amberley Publishing Limited, 2013, ISBN 978-1-4456-2013-8
- Parish Church of St Derfel, Llandderfel, British Listed Buildings
- "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 16 May 2015.
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- Three Saints, Two Wells & a Welsh Parish by Tristan Gray Hulse, Living Spring Journal, Issue 6 (Summer 1998)
- St Derfel and the Stag - icon or idol?, by Dr Madeleine Gray, WalesOnline, 2 May 2013
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