Llanfairfechan ("Little St Mary's Parish") is a town and community in the Conwy County Borough, Wales. It is known as a seaside resort and had a population at the 2001 Census of 3,755, reducing to 3,637 at the 2011 Census. The history of the area dates back to at least Roman times, as demonstrated by the discovery of a large second century milestone, that is now preserved in the British Museum.
A view over Llanfairfechan
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It was in Gwynedd from 1972 to 1996, and prior to that was in Caernarfonshire. For ceremonial and electoral boundary purposes it was transferred from the preserved county of Gwynedd to that of Clwyd in 2003. For electoral purposes, the community of Llanfairfechan consists of three electoral wards, Bryn, Lafan and Pandy.
Local interest and triviaEdit
Morfa Madryn, the salt marsh area immediately west of the town on the shore of Traeth Lafan, is a local authority-managed nature reserve of outstanding beauty and a favourite haunt of bird watchers. The site is home to cormorants and shags. The rare little egret can also be spotted. It is also not far from Aber Falls.
Llanfairfechan is also home to Bryn y Neuadd, a learning disability hospital, a mental health unit (Carreg Fawr) and a medium-secure unit (Tŷ Llywelyn). The site, Bryn Y Neuadd, is also home to the control centres for both the Emergency and Non-Emergency Ambulance services for the north.
The earlier Llanfairfechan Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in 1909. This club continued until the early 1950s.
The two schools situated in Llanfairfechan, Ysgol Pant-y-Rhedyn and Ysgol Babanod Llanfairfechan, are categorized as being predominantly English-medium schools but with significant use of Welsh.
In 2011, the process of town-twinning between Llanfairfechan and Pleumeleuc was completed over the first weekend of June. A number of events were held over the weekend, including trips to local attractions and guided tours around Llanfairfechan itself.
25 Llanfairfechan teenagers visited Pleumeleuc in Brittany between the 7–9 April 2012, following the visit to Llanfairfechan of Les Pleumeleucoises in 2011. The party represented the young football teams, their coaches and other adults making a party of 49 in total. They were welcomed on 7 April 2012 by Pleumeleuc families.
Colourised Photochrom print (circa the late 19th century) of seafront and Penmaenmawr mountain
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