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Mallwyd village
Waterfalls near Mallwyd, 28 October 2006.

Mallwyd is a small village at the most southern end of the county of Gwynedd, Wales in the valley of the River Dyfi. It lies on the A470 approximately half-way between Dolgellau and Machynlleth, and forms the junction of the A458 towards Welshpool. The nearest village is Dinas Mawddwy, two miles to the north, and Aberangell to the south. The River Dugoed flows into the River Dyfi near the village.


The village is situated near the old boundary between the counties of Merionethshire and Montgomeryshire. The village was formerly named 'Tre'r llan', situated in the parish of Mallwyd in the district of Mawddwy. This was the region of the Red Bandits of Mawddwy, which is remembered in the village pub, The Brigands.

The Church[edit]

According to tradition, Mallwyd church was founded in the 6th century by St Tydecho after he came to the area from Cornwall. The present building dates from the 14th century and is unusual in form, being long and narrow with a balcony at each end. There are many wooden fixtures dating from the 17th century. The scholar John Davies was rector of Mallwyd for 40 years at the beginning of the 17th century. There is a memorial to him in the church which was put up to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his death. Outside the church are several great yew trees.

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Coordinates: 52°41′N 3°41′W / 52.683°N 3.683°W / 52.683; -3.683