Tal-y-llyn, Gwynedd

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Talyllyn, ca 1885.jpg
St. Mary's church and the hamlet at the end of the lake, the view c. 1885
Tal-y-llyn church and lake - 2012-05-07.jpg
The same view in 2012
Tal-y-llyn is located in Gwynedd
Location within Gwynedd
OS grid referenceSH709094
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTYWYN
Postcode districtLL36
Dialling code01654
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
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Welsh Assembly
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52°39′58″N 3°54′29″W / 52.666°N 3.908°W / 52.666; -3.908Coordinates: 52°39′58″N 3°54′29″W / 52.666°N 3.908°W / 52.666; -3.908

Tal-y-llyn, or Talyllyn, is a small hamlet and former parish in Gwynedd, Wales, situated at the end of Tal-y-llyn Lake close to the village of Abergynolwyn. The parish covered an area of 36,000 acres (15,000 ha).[1] The River Dysynni flows out of the lake at this point, flowing down to enter Cardigan Bay north of Tywyn.

For much of the 19th century, and the first half of the 20th century, the predominant industry in the area was slate mining, in the quarries at Bryn Eglwys and Corris. The Talyllyn Railway was built in the 1860s to serve the quarries at Bryn Eglwys. Although this never reached the lake, and was never planned to do so, the terminus of the railway was in the parish, thereby giving the railway its name.[2] Tourism is now one of the principle industries in the area, and the hamlet includes a hotel and public house.

The parish church, St Mary's, dates from the 13th century, with the present structure dating from around 1590.[3] It is a Grade II* listed building.[4] John David Edwards, a cleric and hymn tune composer, is buried in the churchyard.[5]


  1. ^ "Talyllyn Parish". UK and Ireland Genealogy: Talyllyn. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  2. ^ "The History of the Railway Part 2: The Railway is built". Talyllyn Railway. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  3. ^ Griff, Martyn. "St. Mary's Church Talyllyn". Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Church of St Mary, Llanfihangel-y-Pennant". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Biography of John David Edwards". Welsh Biography Online. Retrieved 9 May 2012.