Llangynwyd

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Llangynwyd
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St Cynwyd's Church, Llangynwyd
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Llangynwyd Village
Llangynwyd is located in Bridgend
Llangynwyd
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Llangynwyd shown within Bridgend
Population 3,032 (ward.2011)[1]
OS grid reference SS866888
Community
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MAESTEG
Postcode district CF34 9xx
Dialling code 01656
Police South Wales
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
UK
Wales
Bridgend
51°35′13″N 3°38′17″W / 51.586881°N 3.637943°W / 51.586881; -3.637943Coordinates: 51°35′13″N 3°38′17″W / 51.586881°N 3.637943°W / 51.586881; -3.637943

Llangynwyd is a village 2 miles to the south of Maesteg, in the county borough of Bridgend, Wales. It was part of the medieval commote (Welsh: cwmwd) of Tir Iarll.

History and amenities[edit]

The village is the site of Llangynwyd parish church, the ruins of Llangynwyd Castle and one of the oldest pubs in Wales (the Old House, dating from 1147.)

The place name Llangynwyd refers to the hilltop village with a church dedicated to St Cynwyd, son of Cynfelyn. The church was founded by St Cynwyd in the 6th century. All that remains of the original structure is the stone socket of a wooden cross, which can be seen in the wall above the entrance. The church was rebuilt in the 13th century and has since been restored several times. The square tower dates from the 15th century and was completely restored in 1893. The church has the biggest private cemetery in Europe.

The old village of Llangynwyd, "Top Llan", was the home of the legendary Maid of Cefn Ydfa, featured in the song "Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn". It was also the home of the poet Wil Hopcyn, said to have written it. The antiquary T. C. Evans was born in the parish, as was the poet Evan Bevan.

The village still celebrates the New Year, or Calennig, with the Mari Lwyd: a horse's skull draped in a white sheet with flowers.

Today the "old" village of Llangynwyd is commonly referred to as "Top Llan" and the more recent and much larger adjoining village is simply called "Llangynwyd"

Education[edit]

The village is home to Llangynwyd Primary School, built in 1911, and to Bridgend's first Welsh-language comprehensive school, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd, which takes pupils from the county borough's four primary schools that teach in Welsh: Ysgol Cynwyd Sant, Ysgol Bro Ogwr, Ysgol y Ferch o'r Sgêr and Ysgol Cwm Garw.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 11 April 2015. 

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