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Village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant
Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant is located in Powys
Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant shown within Powys
Population 1,195 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SJ123262
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OSWESTRY
Postcode district SY10
Dialling code 01691
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
List of places
52°50′N 3°18′W / 52.83°N 3.30°W / 52.83; -3.30Coordinates: 52°50′N 3°18′W / 52.83°N 3.30°W / 52.83; -3.30

Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant is a village and community in Powys, Wales.

It was an important site in the ancient commote of Mochnant, this is indicated by ym-Mochnant in its placename which means 'in Mochnant'.[2]

Until 1974, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant was split into two civil parishes, the northern parish being in historic Denbighshire and the southern parish in historic Montgomeryshire, this reflected the division of the ancient commote in the 12th-century.[2] The divide continued between 1974 and 1996, with the former Denbighshire parish being placed in Clwyd and former Montgomeryshire parish in Powys. However, in 1996 both parts of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant were united within the county of Powys.

In the 2001 Census it had a population of 1,470,[3] of whom 55% were Welsh-speaking.[4] The population as of the 2011 census had reduced to 1,195.


The village falls in the electoral ward called Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant/Llansilin. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 2,295.[5]

Parish church[edit]

St Dogfan's church

The Norman church of St Dogfan is a grade II* listed building, restored between 1879 and 1882, but with parts dating back to the 13th century. There is a gravestone with a Celtic cross possibly commemorating Cwgan son of Ethelstan, a Welsh prince of the 11th century.[6][7]

The parish is best known for its former vicar, William Morgan, who first translated the whole Bible into Welsh in the 1580s and later rose to become a Bishop at Llandaff Cathedral and St. Asaph.[8] Gwallter Mechain, the bard, was the vicar from 1837 until his death in 1849.[6]

St Dogfan was a son of Brychan Brycheiniog and a Welsh prince in the 5th-century.[6] A clas dedicated to him was founded on the site of the present church.[6][9] The holy well of the saint is on the farm of Gwernfeifod in Cwm-ffynnon.[10]

Local attractions[edit]

Attractions near the village include the Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall, known for its natural arch. The Berwyn Mountains and Lake Vyrnwy are nearby.

Film location[edit]

Parts of the 1995 film The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, starring Hugh Grant, were filmed in the village,[11] portraying the real-life village of Taff's Well, in Rhondda Cynon Taf, which by 1995 had become too developed to use.

More recently, the village featured in the 2012 film Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger with David Tennant, as the village where the St. Bernadette's school bus stopped to buy sweets on the way to Lake Vyrnwy in search of the (fictitious) Castell Llawen ('Merry Castle').

Public transport[edit]

Bus services are operated by family-run firm Tanat Valley Coaches, which is based on the edge of the village. Route 76 links the village with Llanfyllin, Meifod and Welshpool, whilst routes 79/79A connect the village with Llangynog, Llangedwyn, Penybontfawr and Oswestry.


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Lloyd, John Edward (1912). A History of Wales from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest. Longmans, Green, and Co. p. 246. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  3. ^ UK Census – 2001. Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved on 2013-02-05.
  4. ^ UK Census – 2001. Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved on 2013-02-05.
  5. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d "St Dogfan's, Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant". Llanrhaeadr Group of Parishes. 
  7. ^ "St Dogfan's Church" (PDF). Living Stones. 
  8. ^ William-Morgan. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved on 2013-02-05.
  9. ^ "Church of St Dogfan , Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant". Montgomeryshire Churches Survey. CPAT. 
  10. ^ "The Tanat Valley: Cwm Blowty, Llanrhaeadr-ym-mochnant, Powys". Historic Landscape Characterisation. CPAT. 
  11. ^ OnlineVideo – The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain, Ovguide.com. Retrieved on 2013-02-05.

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