St Fagans

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St Fagans
St Mary's Church, St Fagans.jpg
St Mary’s Church, St Fagans
St Fagans is located in Cardiff
St Fagans
St Fagans
Location within Cardiff
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCARDIFF
Postcode districtCF5
Dialling code029
PoliceSouth Wales
FireSouth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
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51°29′13″N 3°16′05″W / 51.487°N 3.268°W / 51.487; -3.268Coordinates: 51°29′13″N 3°16′05″W / 51.487°N 3.268°W / 51.487; -3.268

St Fagans (/ˈfæɡənz/ FAG-ənz;[1] Welsh: Sain Ffagan) is a village and community in the west of the city of Cardiff, capital of Wales. It is home to the St Fagans National History Museum.


The name of the area invokes Saint Fagan, according to William of Malmesbury a second-century missionary to Wales but for whom there is no reliable historical evidence.

In 1648, the Battle of St Fagans took place close by.


To the south lies the village of Michaelston-super-Ely, and to the east the suburb of Fairwater. The community includes Rhydlafar to the north. St Fagans lies on the River Ely, and previously had a railway station on the South Wales Main Line, and currently there is a level crossing.

Creigiau Pentyrch Radyr
St Georges
super Ely
St Fagans Fairwater 
super Ely

The village is home to St Fagans National History Museum (formerly called the Welsh Folk Museum and the Museum of Welsh Life) which includes St Fagans Castle and gardens. St Mary's Church in the village dates from the 12th century, with an 18th-century tower.[2] St Fagans Old Rectory is another important Grade II* listed building nearby.[3]

St Fagans is home to St Fagans Cricket Club.

In 2017 construction started on a new Cardiff suburb of 7,000 houses, named Plasdwr, on countryside between St Fagans, Fairwater and Radyr.[4]

Local government[edit]

St Fagans Village Hall

St Fagans elects a community council[5] of up to nine community councillors.[6] The council is funded by a precept on local council tax bills and supports a number of local facilities and services. Elections are held every five years.

2017 Community Council Election[edit]

Six candidates stood for nine seats during the 2017 Cardiff Council election. All candidates were therefore elected unopposed, with three other seats filled through councillors being co-opted by members of the community council.[7]

2022 Community Council Election[edit]

The next election is due to be held in May 2022.


  1. ^ G.M. Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (London: Oxford University Press, 1971), p. 130.
  2. ^ "The Parish of St Fagans and Michaelston-super-Ely". The Church in Wales. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  3. ^ "The Old Rectory - A Grade II* Listed Building in St. Fagans, Cardiff". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Building work for first set of homes in Cardiff's £2bn garden city to begin before Easter". Wales Online. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Community councils". Cardiff Council. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Your Community Councillors". St Fagans Community Council. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Your Community Councillors". St Fagans Community Council. Retrieved 1 April 2020.

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