History and description
The original village Hen Llandegfan was on the ancient way from the crossing of the Menai Strait at Porthaethwy via Pentraeth to Beaumaris. St Tegfan's Church, the mother church of Beaumaris, has been highly restored.
Llandegfan has expanded greatly in recent decades and is continuing to expand in the 21st century notably in the extension to the Mill Lodge estate and along Lon Ganol. Almost all of this expansion is centred on the modern village centre to the south and east of the old windmill. The expansion of the village is due to a number of factors including the proximity to Bangor where many of the residents of Llandegfan work, its proximity to the A55 and the views from the village over to the mountains of Snowdonia.
To the outskirts of the village is Bryn Mel Manor, built in 1899 and standing in approx 10 acres (40,000 m2) of wood and parkland as a summer house for the owners of the White Star Line. Since the death of the last family owner, the building was derelict for many years, before being converted into a nursing home. Financial constraints meant much of the original land was sold, and in the latter years the home struggled to stay open. In July 2011 it was announced that the home was to close and the building redeveloped into luxury flats and apartments. Despite its modern history, the external features of the building have changed little but many of the internal features have been lost.
A rare European White Elm Ulmus laevis grows near the village.
Aled Jones singer, presenter
- Davies (2008) p.180
- Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.