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Llanfair-y-bryn is the name of a rural community and Church in Wales parish in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Covering an area of some 95 km², it lies along and to the northwest and southeast of the A483 Swansea to Chester road immediately north of the town of Llandovery.[1] The population of the community at the 2011 census was 624.[2]


Two particularities of Llanfair-ar-y-bryn (English meaning: "St Mary's on the hill") are that

  • the community and parish contain no settlement of that name: in 1801 it comprised the hamlets of Rhandir Abbot, Rhandir Canol, Rhandir Isaf, and Rhandir Uchaf;[3] today the principal settlements are Cynghordy and Rhandir-mwyn
  • the parish church was, until 1883, located one mile outside the parish itself, in Llandingad (Llandovery); in 1883 a new church (also called St Mary's) was opened at a more central location in Cynghordy.

The area is served by trains operated between Swansea and Shrewsbury via Llandrindod Wells by Transport for Wales, which manages Cynghordy railway station, a request stop on the Heart of Wales Line from Llanelli to Craven Arms.

The community is bordered by the communities of: Myddfai; Llandovery; and Cilycwm, all being in Carmarthenshire; by Llanddewi Brefi in Ceredigion; and by: Llanwrtyd Wells; Llangamarch; Maescar; and Llywel, all in Powys.

The old parish church, Llanfair-ar-y-bryn[edit]

The original parish church of Llanfair-ar-y-bryn

The original Church of St Mary stands a mile outside the parish on the northeastern edge of Llandovery, on the site of the Roman auxiliary fort of Alabum.[4] William Williams Pantycelyn (1717–1791), generally acknowledged as one of Wales's greatest hymn writers, is buried in the churchyard there, having been a resident of the parish for much of his life.


  1. ^ Google map of Llanfair-ar-y-bryn
  2. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  3. ^ Nicholas Carlisle: A Topographical Dictionary of the Dominion of Wales
  4. ^ CBHC/RCAHMW: Coflein

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Coordinates: 52°02′36″N 3°44′17″W / 52.04334°N 3.73808°W / 52.04334; -3.73808