Tal-y-sarn (About this soundWelsh pronunciation) is a village in the slate quarrying Nantlle Valley in Gwynedd, Wales. It is part of the community of Llanllyfni and includes some of Llandwrog.[1] The ward had a population of 1,930 at the 2011 census, the built-up area having a population of 1,086.[2]

The Bro Silyn Estate, Talysarn - geograph.org.uk - 235634.jpg
Talysarn is located in Gwynedd
Location within Gwynedd
Population1,930 (ward 2011)
OS grid referenceSH488529
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLL54
Dialling code01286
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
53°03′07″N 4°15′22″W / 53.052°N 4.256°W / 53.052; -4.256Coordinates: 53°03′07″N 4°15′22″W / 53.052°N 4.256°W / 53.052; -4.256

The Welsh language poet Robert Williams Parry was born in 37, Station Road, Tal-y-sarn, where a plaque designed by R. L. Gapper commemorates the connection.[3] Other persons connected with the village were Annant, quarryman, preacher and bard, Gwilym R. Jones, bard and journalist, and Idwal Jones [cy] author of the Welsh-language radio series SOS, Galw Gari Tryfan.[citation needed]

The 19th century methodist preacher John Jones, Tal-y-sarn, is also connected with the village, not by birth but because he settled here, becoming a shopkeeper and quarry owner as a sideline to his main vocation.[4]

The song "Ciosg Talysarn" by the Welsh folk singer Dafydd Iwan was written after two secret agents were found bugging a public telephone in Tal-y-sarn in 1982.[5]

Tal-y-sarn is covered by a Neighbourhood Policing Team based in the nearby village of Pen-y-groes.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 502. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.
  2. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Talysarn built-up area (1119885417)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  3. ^ Parry, Thomas (2001). PARRY , ROBERT WILLIAMS ( 1884 - 1956 ), poet, univ. lecturer. Dictionary of Welsh Bioagrpahy.
  4. ^ Roberts, G. T (1957). "John Jones Tal-y-Sarn (1796-1857)". Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Sir Gaernarfon. cyfrol 18.
  5. ^ The British Inheritance: A Treasury of Historic Documents. University of California Press. 1999. p. 144.