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Llanfynydd Parish Church in 2006

Llanfynydd is a village, parish and community in Carmarthenshire, Wales. The population of the community taken at the 2011 census was 499.[1] It lies some 10 miles north-east of the county town, Carmarthen.

The community is bordered by the communities of: Llansawel; Talley; Manordeilo and Salem; Llangathen; Llanegwad; and Llanfihangel Rhos-y-Corn, all being in Carmarthenshire.


The oldest parts of the current village church (St Egwad's) date from around 1400 with the north aisle added in the 16th century.[2] The previous church was sited further up the valley, the only sign of which is the name of a farm in the area Bryn-Yr-Eglwys (translation "Hill of the Church").

In 1844 Llanfynydd was a parish of 11,000 acres and 1,358 inhabitants in Cathinog Hundred. By 1929 the population was 581.[3]

Wind farm protest[edit]

In July 2004 – in protest over plans to erect a wind farm nearby – the residents of Llanfynydd renamed their village Llanhyfryddawellehynafolybarcudprindanfygythiadtrienusyllafnauole ("lovely silent church, ancient place of the rare kite under wretched threat from misplaced blades") for the space of one week.[4]

The name was chosen to reflect the villagers' concern that the wind farm would threaten three endangered[citation needed] species of bird – the (red kite, the curlew, and the skylark) – and to generate publicity for their cause by being longer than the previously longest placename in the UK: that of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Anglesey.

The protest went ahead despite assurances from the local council and from the Spanish-owned developers Gamesa Energy UK (part of Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica) that the single wind turbine planned was intended merely as a test to see how suitable the area might be for wind turbines in the future.


The parish church is dedicated to St Egwad; parish registers exist from 1692. The parish also has several chapels.[3]


The Rev. D Jones established a day school in 1738 for 20 children.[3]

The number of pupils at the school had fallen to 11 by September 2013, with a deficit of £50,000, and Carmarthenshire Council warned that the school would be closed if numbers fell below 10.[5] In December 2014 the BBC reported that the school, though it had no pupils, could not be closed until Carmarthenshire County Council had held a consultation and a vote on the issue.[6]

Notable people[edit]

Thomas Rees, Congregational minister and historian of nonconformity, was born at Pen Pontbren, Llanfynydd, on 13 December 1815.


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/300010927-church-of-st-egwad-llanfynydd#.WO9bhG8rJhE
  3. ^ a b c "GENUKI". Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  4. ^ BBC News website (Jan. 30, 2007). " Long Winded Village Name protest". Retrieved on July 19, 2004.
  5. ^ "Llanfynydd Primary School could close if just two pupils leave". Carmarthen Journal. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Primary with no pupils kept open in Carmarthenshire by 'red tape'". BBC. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.

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Coordinates: 51°55′41″N 4°05′53″W / 51.928°N 4.098°W / 51.928; -4.098