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Llangefni clock tower
Llangefni shown within Anglesey
|Population||5,116 (2011 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Ynys Môn|
|Welsh Assembly||Ynys Môn|
Llangefni (Welsh pronunciation: [ɬanˈɡɛvni]) is the county town of Anglesey in Wales and contains the principal offices of the Isle of Anglesey County Council. The United Kingdom Census 2011 recorded Llangefni's population as 5,116 people, making it the second largest settlement on the island. The Census also recorded that 83.8% of the population state that they can speak Welsh, with the highest percentage of speakers being in the 10-14 age group where 95.2% are able to speak Welsh.
Much of the town is in an island formed by the River Cefni, after which it is named. Its attractions include the Oriel Ynys Môn museum, which details the history of Anglesey and houses the legacy collection of Charles Tunnicliffe. In the west of the town is a large secondary school, Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni (Llangefni Comprehensive School), and in the north a Victorian parish church, St Cyngar's, set in a wooded riverside location called the Dingle. The town was formerly named Llangyngar, Welsh for "St Cyngar's church".
Llangefni is the principal commercial and farming town in Anglesey – the larger town of Holyhead on the neighbouring Holy Island is a port town and somewhat distinct culturally and linguistically from the, largely agricultural, rest of the county – and in the past Llangefni hosted the largest cattle market on the island.
The town had a station on the Anglesey Central Railway line which opened in 1864. It closed in 1964 although goods trains continued to pass through the town until 1993. Although no longer used, the tracks have not been removed.
Llangefni hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1957 and 1983, and in 1999 gave its name to the Eisteddfod held at the nearby village of Llanbedrgoch. It also hosted the Urdd Eisteddfod (youth Eisteddfod) in 1994.
The town also has a college, Coleg Menai (Llangefni site).
Water for the town comes from Llyn Cefni, a reservoir a mile (about 2 km) to the north west.
The local association football club, Llangefni Town, was promoted to the Welsh Premier League at the end of the 2006–07 season, but relegated one season later. Llangefni has another football club, Wellmans FC, which plays on Sundays in the North Gwynedd and Anglesey League's I and H Griffiths Premier Division.
The local rugby club is Llangefni RFC, which plays in the WRU leagues. The club recently gained promotion to Division 2 West, but the WRU then decided to demote the club back to Division 4 North Wales league.
- John Elias, preacher, lived in the town 1830–41
- Christmas Evans, preacher and chapel builder, lived in the town 1791–1826
- Huw Garmon, actor
- Hugh Griffith, Oscar winning actor, attended Llangefni County School in his youth
- Hywel Gwynfryn, television and radio personality, was born in the town in 1942 and studied at Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni
- Wayne Hennessey, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wales goalkeeper
- Naomi Watts, Oscar nominated actress, lived in the town between the ages of 7 and 10
- Sir Kyffin Williams, painter, was born in the town in 1908
- Gabriel Fielding,notable author, attended Llangefni County School, in 1934
- "Area: Llangefni (Parish) Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
- Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Baines, Menna; Llynch, Peredur (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. p. 494. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.
- "Llangefni fight WRU 'relegation'". BBC Online. Retrieved 20 August 2007.
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