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Capel Rhosgadfan Chapel - geograph.org.uk - 959939.jpg
Rhosgadfan Chapel
Rhosgadfan is located in Gwynedd
Location within Gwynedd
OS grid referenceSH506572
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLL54
Dialling code01286
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
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53°05′28″N 4°13′48″W / 53.091°N 4.230°W / 53.091; -4.230Coordinates: 53°05′28″N 4°13′48″W / 53.091°N 4.230°W / 53.091; -4.230

Rhosgadfan is a Welsh village in the county of Gwynedd, formerly in the historic county of Caernarfonshire, and in the community of Llanwnda. It is notable as the birthplace of Kate Roberts, the greatest Welsh writer of the 20th century. The Welsh TV programme C'mon Midffild was filmed in the village hall, prior to its destruction. The hall was destroyed in a blaze believed to have been caused by arson.[1] Nobody has been brought to justice. During March and April 2010 filming of SNOWDONIA 1890, a new television series to be shown on BBC1 Wales in the autumn of 2010, took place at various locations in the area.

The view is of Anglesey, Yr Eifl and by walking around you can reach common land called Comin Uwch Gwyrfai and Y Lon Wen. Nearby villages include Y Fron and Rhostryfan. Rhosgadfan is on the border of Snowdonia National Park. The nearest town is Caernarfon and the nearest city is Bangor. There are no shops in Rhosgadfan even with a population of almost 2,000. But the football club, Mountain Rangers, is very well attended and is the focal point of the village.

The closest mountain is Moel Tryfan [2] and people from the school walk up often to collect money for educational things. Charles Darwin visited the mountain and recognised evidence of glaciation there .[3]


A Welsh medium primary school, Ysgol Gynradd Rhosgadfan, serves the village and the local rural community.[4] There were 47 pupils on roll at the school in 2016, and approximately 68% of the children speak Welsh at home.[5]


The village is not known for industry at the moment, except for farming. However, the village had a quarry behind it. The Dyffryn Nantlle (Nantlle Valley) area is well known for quarries. The one near Rhosgadfan was a film set for the Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. The farming mostly consists of sheep but some other animals inhabit the area.


  1. ^ "Villagers plagued by vandals". BBC News. 13 February 2004.
  2. ^ Moel Tryfan is at grid ref. SH515562; a larger mountain nearby, Tryfan, is also sometimes called Moel Tryfan.
  3. ^ Darwin, C. R. (1848). "On the transportal of erratic boulders from a lower to a higher level". Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London. 4: 315–323. doi:10.1144/GSL.JGS.1848.004.01-02.44.
  4. ^ "Inspection Report Ysgol Gynradd Rhosgadfan 2010" (PDF). Estyn. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Ysgol Gynradd Rhosgadfan". mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2017.

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