Llanfair Waterdine

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Llanfair Waterdine
The Church at Llanfair Waterdine - it's in England inspite of the name. - geograph.org.uk - 705709.jpg
St Mary's church, Llanfair Waterdine
Llanfair Waterdine is located in Shropshire
Llanfair Waterdine
Llanfair Waterdine
Llanfair Waterdine shown within Shropshire
Population225 (2011[1]
OS grid referenceSO240764
Civil parish
  • Llanfair Waterdine
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKnighton
Postcode districtLD7
Dialling code01547
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°22′52″N 3°07′01″W / 52.381°N 3.117°W / 52.381; -3.117Coordinates: 52°22′52″N 3°07′01″W / 52.381°N 3.117°W / 52.381; -3.117

Llanfair Waterdine, sometimes written as Llanvair Waterdine and meaning St Mary's Church Waterdine, is a small village and civil parish in Shropshire, England, on the north side of the Teme valley and adjacent to the Wales-England border.

Place name[edit]

"Llanfair" is a typical Welsh place name - in English it translates as "church(yard) of St Mary". "Waterdine", which means "place by the water"[2] was added to the name to distinguish the village from other places called "Llanfair" (which is a very common place name in Wales). The place name in the Welsh language is Llanfair Dyffryn Tefeidiad (the 2nd and 3rd words mean "Teme Valley").


Llanfair Waterdine is just off the B4355 road, 6 km (4 mi) northwest of Knighton and near the village of Knucklas, which has a railway station. The village lies 7 km (4 12 mi) southwest of the small Shropshire town of Clun. Also nearby is the small village of Lloyney (just on the other side of the Teme, in Wales). The village and parish is situated on the southern edge of the Clun Forest, a remote and very rural part of Shropshire, which is only partly forested.

The village was historically in Wales, as it lies to the west of Offa's Dyke. The River Teme has naturally altered its course since the Laws in Wales Acts 1535–1542 ("Act of Union"); and so the border between Wales and England in the Teme valley no longer follows the centre of the river as it once did, but stays on what was the course of the river when the border was fixed by the Acts.


  • A village hall - the Everest Hall (a tribute to John Hunt)
  • A 16th-century public house, which is now primarily a restaurant and hotel, the Waterdine[3] (formerly called the Red Lion, until 2000). The pub was originally built on the nearby Drover's road to serve the drovers taking livestock to English markets.[4]


The village lies near three long distance footpaths:

Famous and former residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  2. ^ Institute for Name Studies. "A Key to English Place-Names". Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Pub website". Retrieved 20 Nov 2007.
  4. ^ Burt, Paddy (2002-04-20). "Daily Telegraph review". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 20 Nov 2007.
  5. ^ "No. 44045". The London Gazette. 5 July 1966. p. 7567.
  6. ^ The Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales, ed. by Meic Stephens. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986, 277 ISBN 978-0-19-211586-7 Amazon link

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