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Vaynor (Welsh: Y Faenor, meaning "The Manor") is a village and community (formerly a parish) in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough in Wales, United Kingdom. The population of the community at the 2011 census was 3,551.[1]

Saint Gwynno's Church, Vaynor


It is about four miles north of the town of Merthyr Tydfil and is within the borders of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The community includes the three villages of Cefn-coed-y-cymmer, Trefechan and Pontsticill as well as Pontsarn and Vaynor. To the west are Nant Glais Caves.


Until 1974, the village was a civil parish in the Vaynor and Penderyn Rural District of Brecknockshire. From 1974 to 1996, it was part of Merthyr Tydfil district in Mid Glamorgan.[2] It is notable for its connections with the Ironmaster Robert Crawshay, owner of the world's first ironworks at Cyfarthfa, who is buried in Vaynor churchyard.


Between 1973 and 1996 Vaynor was an electoral ward to Merthyr Tydfil District Council, initially electing three district councillors.[3] Subsequently Vaynor became a ward to Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, electing two (generally Independent) county councillors.[4]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Merthyr Tydfil Borough Records - Administrative / Biographical History". Archives Hub (Jisc). Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Merthyr Tydfil Welsh District Council Election Results 1973-1993" (PDF). The Elections Centre (Plymouth University). Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  4. ^ Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Election Results 1995-2012, The Election Centre (Plymouth University). Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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Coordinates: 51°47′00″N 3°22′48″W / 51.78325°N 3.38002°W / 51.78325; -3.38002