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The Afon Elwy at Llanfair Talhaiarn
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Llanfair Talhaiarn (Welsh: Llanfair Talhaearn), abbreviated to Llanfair TH, is a village and community approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Abergele in Conwy county borough, Wales. Until 1974 it was included in Denbighshire.
The village derives its name from the church dedicated to Mary "Llanfair" that was founded by a monk called Talhairn from Valle Crucis Abbey (according to local legend). The original church has long disappeared. It is a popular misconception that the "Talhairn" in the village name was derived from the bardic name of the poet and architect John Jones (January 1810 – October 1869). Jones was born at the Harp Inn (now known as Hafod y Gân) in Llanfair. However, a name which is centuries old cannot be based upon the name of someone born in the nineteenth century.
The village is situated on the River Elwy (Afon Elwy). The population was 979 in 2001, increasing to 1,070 at the 2011 census with 44% being Welsh language speakers. The community includes the hamlet of Moelfre, Conwy.
Llanfair is accessible from the Abergele to Llanrwst road via an ancient three arch bridge that spans the Elwy and leads directly into the heart of the village, where can be found two old pubs, The Black Lion and The Swan Inn.
About 100 yards north of the old bridge is a more modern bridge that carries the main Abergele to Llansannan road across the river.
The village was once part of the estate of Garthewin. The first written records of Garthewin date to the fourteenth century, but both that house and a later Jacobean house were replaced in the 18th century by the present building, which was subsequently altered in 1930 by Clough Williams-Ellis. It was from the 18th century until the late 20th the home of the Wynne family and notable for a private theatre constructed in the stables by R.O.F.Wynne which in the 1950s saw the first performances of several of Saunders Lewis's dramas.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Conwy
- "Community population and % of Welsh speakers 2011". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- John Davies, Menna Baines, Nigel Jenkins a Peredur I. Lynch Gwyddoniadur Cymru, Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru, 2008, ISBN 978-0-7083-1954-3, Page 553
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