Llanfair Caereinion

Llanfair Caereinion is a small town and community in Montgomeryshire, Powys, Wales upon the River Banwy (also known as the River Einion), around 8 miles west of Welshpool. Its name is a combination of Welsh llan "church" + Mair "Mary" and caer "fort" + Einion, a personal name, meaning "the church of Mary [at] the fort of Einion".[2]

Llanfair Caereinion
Llanfair Caereinion is located in Powys
Llanfair Caereinion
Llanfair Caereinion
Location within Powys
Population1,810 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ105065
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSY21
Dialling code01938
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
52°38′56″N 3°19′28″W / 52.64882°N 3.32434°W / 52.64882; -3.32434Coordinates: 52°38′56″N 3°19′28″W / 52.64882°N 3.32434°W / 52.64882; -3.32434

In 2011 the ward had a population of 1,810. The town is built upon the site of an old Roman fort. Llanfair is most famous for being a terminus of the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway. The site of the Battle of Maes Moydog is nearby.

In 1758 the town was almost completely wiped out by the Great Fire which was so intense and devastating it was reported in the London Press.[3]

In 2011 the village itself had a population of 1,055, according to Nomis.[4]

Notable residentsEdit

  • Thomas John Jehu (1871–1943), geologist and physician, was born here.[5]
  • Kieghley Hodgson Allen (1987-present), producer, fashion model and full-time cynic, was born here



  1. ^ "Town population 2011". Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  2. ^ Mills, A. D. (2003). A Dictionary of British Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198527589.
  3. ^ https://cpat.org.uk/ycom/mont/llanfaircaereinion.pdf[bare URL]
  4. ^ "Custom report - Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics".
  5. ^ "Jehu, Thomas John". Who's Who: 1301. 1919.

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