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Trelech (Welsh: Tre-lech) is a village in the parish of Tre-lech a'r Betws, Carmarthenshire, in south-west Wales, lying some 10 miles north-west of Carmarthen and 6.5 miles south of Newcastle Emlyn. It also gives its name to a community.

Trelech village

The population taken at the 2011 census was 745.[1]

The community is bordered by the communities of: Cenarth; Cynwyl Elfed; Abernant; Meidrim; and Llanwinio, all being in Carmarthenshire; and by Clydau in Pembrokeshire.

The village is home to the Welsh-medium Ysgol Hafodwenog (Hafodwenog Community Primary School), which has around 60 pupils aged 4 to 11, and was opened in 1972 to serve the children of the surrounding settlements of Alma, Bryn Iwan, Cilrhedyn, Dinas, Gelliwen, Pandy, Penybont, and Talog, as well as those of Trelech itself.

Trelech has a community centre (in the building, across the road, which housed the modern school's predecessor) and a pub, the Tafarn Beca. However, given the area's very rural and lightly populated nature, the village no longer has a shop or post office. There is a children's play area, and the school also has a small soccer field.

Trelech was the birthplace on 14 November 1801 of David Rees (Y Cynhyrfwr), the reforming Welsh Congregationalist minister, and on 3 November 1879 of the reporter, poet, and short-story writer Perceval Gibbon, who travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, and the Americas and died in Guernsey on 30 May 1926.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches beyond the confines of Trelech community with a total population at the 2011 Census of 2,072.[2]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 17 April 2015. 

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Coordinates: 51°56′43″N 4°30′02″W / 51.94528°N 4.50056°W / 51.94528; -4.50056