Llangefni

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Llangefni
Llangefni clock tower.jpeg
Llangefni clock tower
Llangefni is located in Anglesey
Llangefni
Llangefni
 Llangefni shown within Anglesey
Population 5,116 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SH4675
Principal area Anglesey
Ceremonial county Gwynedd
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Llangefni
Postcode district LL77
Dialling code 01248
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Ynys Môn
Welsh Assembly Ynys Môn
List of places
UK
Wales
Anglesey

Coordinates: 53°15′22″N 4°18′50″W / 53.256°N 4.314°W / 53.256; -4.314

Llangefni (Welsh pronunciation: [ɬanˈɡɛvni]) is the county town[2] 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.[1]

Location[edit]

The town is near the centre of Anglesey, and is on 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".

Commerce, Transport and Education[edit]

Bridge street, Llangefni circa 1875
Town centre

Llangefni is a commercial and farming town in Anglesey and in the past Llangefni hosted the largest cattle market on the island.

There is a relatively large industrial estate housing a slaughterhouse and several other small businesses.

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. The nearest station is now at Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, five miles away as the crow flies. There are frequent buses to the larger settlements of Bangor and Holyhead as well as to the smaller towns of Amlwch and Beaumaris. By road the town is just 2 kilometres from the major A55 and A5 roads, via the short A5114. Water for the town comes from Llyn Cefni, a reservoir 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the northwest.

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 2004. The town also has a college, Coleg Menai (Llangefni site).

Sport[edit]

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.

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.[3]

Welsh Language Skills[edit]

According to the 2011 Census, Llangefni is the community with the highest percentage of Welsh speakers on the Isle of Anglesey, and the 6th highest in Wales. 80.7% of residents aged three and over reported being able to speak Welsh in the 2011 Census, as compared to 83.8% reporting being able to do so in the 2001 Census.[4]

Notable people[edit]

St Cyngar's Church, Llangefni

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Area: Llangefni (Parish) Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Baines, Menna; Llynch, Peredur (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 494. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6. 
  3. ^ "Llangefni fight WRU 'relegation'". BBC News. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2007. 
  4. ^ "2011 Census results by Community". Welsh Language Commissioner. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 

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