Llansteffan

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Llansteffan
Ferryside, groyne and beacon - geograph.org.uk - 1179270.jpg
A view of Llansteffan from Ferryside
Llansteffan is located in Carmarthenshire
Llansteffan
Llansteffan
Llansteffan shown within Carmarthenshire
Population 941 [1]
OS grid reference SN355105
Community
  • Llansteffan
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CARMARTHEN
Postcode district SA33
Dialling code 01267
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CarmarthenshireCoordinates: 51°46′08″N 4°23′08″W / 51.768942°N 4.385430°W / 51.768942; -4.385430

Llansteffan, formerly also anglicized as Llan- or Lanstephan, is a community and village on the coast of Carmarthenshire in south-west Wales. It lies on the western side of the River Tywi estuary, some seven miles below the county town of Carmarthen and opposite the village of Ferryside.

Name[edit]

The name means "parish of Saint Stephen", but honors a 6th-century Welsh associate of Saint Teilo rather than the more widely known protomartyr.

Description[edit]

The parish of Llansteffan consisted of two very distinct villages with separate churches: Llansteffan by the estuary and Llanybri on the hilltop inland. St Ystyffan's church is a grade II* listed building. [2] Between the castle and village sits Plas Llanstephan, Lord Kylsant's former residence, which is also a grade II* listed building [3]

The poet Dylan Thomas had strong family links to Llansteffan. The triangle formed by Llangynog, Llangain and Llansteffan constitutes Thomas' "breeding-box valley", as he once put it. His mother's family, the Williamses, lived in the triangle, in farms such as Waunfwlchan, Llwyngwyn, Maesgwyn and Penycoed.[4] Llansteffan was one of two villages involved in a digital-television switchover experiment in 2005 when the district experienced the first instance of analogue switch-off in the UK.[5]

Castle[edit]

Main article: Llansteffan Castle
1865 engraving

Llansteffan Castle, built by the Normans in the 12th century and granted to the Marmion family, stands above the village on a promontory commanding the estuary passage. The village and castle – located between ferry crossings of the Tywi and Tâf rivers – were an important staging post on the Normans' coastal route from Glamorgan via Kidwelly to Pembroke.

Governance[edit]

An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches north from Llansteffan with a total population of 2,006.[6]

The community is bordered by the communities of: Laugharne Township; Llangynog; Llangain; St Ishmael; and Pembrey and Burry Port Town, all being in Carmarthenshire.

LGBT Community[edit]

There is a long standing tradition of Llanstephan's villagers embracing its LGBT community members. Llanstephan is well known regionally to defend the sexual rights and preferences of its LGBT members.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Church of St Ystyffan, Llansteffan". British Listed buildings. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Y Plas, Llansteffan". British Listed buildings. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Dylan Remembered 1914-34 vol 1 by D N Thomas, Seren 2003
  5. ^ Ferryside and Llansteffan digital switchover trial: report
  6. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 

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