Llanfair Talhaiarn

Llanfair Talhaiarn

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Llanfair Talhaiarn 53.217550, -3.607520
Llanfair Talhaiarn situated in North Wales and is a picturesque village surrounded by beautiful woodland and hills with various grades of Country Walks, with stunning views in the area. The villagers consist of welsh and english speaking and is also known as little Switzerland of Wales and is situated in the Conwy valley and surrounded by a Farming Community & other Small Buisness’s. These pages will hopefully present you with a picture of what the village area has to offer and why visiting is a must.

Talhaiarn was made Bard at the 1869 Bala Eisteddfod, He lived from 1810-1869 & was famed for his Poetic works and the two very different melody’s of Men of Harlech.

Talhaiarn was a apprentice architect helping with architecture of Cristal Palace.
Hafod y Gan was the birth place of Talhaiarn, It was once named The Harp Inn where Gwen Jones his mother had a reputation for keeping a orderly house that Eminent poets such as Robert ap Gwilym Ddu, Dewi Havesp & Eben Fardd would frequent. Today Hafod y Gan from the front has hardly changed keeping its origanal looks with some alteration at the rear. Gwen Jones lies buried against the north wall & Talhaiarn under a yew tree in St Marys Church over looking the village.

The Village in the c1920’s

The Village has won the environmental award. The members of the community council were celebrating this week after receiving an accolade from the Campaign for Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW). The WDA, have constucted a series of riverside paths and enhanced the village’s rural image.As well as the installation of a Circular Footpaths and cultivation of the overgrown riverbanks, there have been other notable additions to the area.Such as benches,tree planting schemes and a path around the outskirts of the village mean visitors and the local residents can enjoy the fruits of 12 months hard work.


The village has been refurbished for the upcoming summer season.The new developments are fantastic, but the original countryside has not been spoilt, where a degree of wilderness still remains. There are some of the Older Paths around the village and mounting that are getting a face lift for safer walking.The village had a bit setback when the River Elwy burst it banks and Flooded the main road and fields which stopped locals travling to work that morning, but the river went down a few hours later.On one of the old roads of the village had a bit of a Landslide with all the water that hit us collapsing the road.

The Waterwheel At The Lead Mine, c.1895. The Mine Was Opened In 1890 In Order To Expliot The Lead And Copper Loades Which Had Been Worked On A Small Scale At The Begining Of The 19th Century. The Venture Was Not Very Successful.

Memorial Hall Built in memory of the soldiers that lost their lives in the 1914-18 and
1939-45 wars. Now its where lots of different activeties take part ie Flower show, Eisteddfod, Coffee mornings and lots of fund raising events take part.

Neuadd Elwy below was handed to the village by the Garthewin Est, ( Wynn Family.
The bottom floor was used for the local youth club and the top floor the Womens Institute.
Now they are flats

The New Bridge built in 1927 on the A458 road heading towards Llansannan, The solid brass plaque that is fixed to the bridge now was renovated about eight years ago when it was found hanging off. To replace it has been said it would cost more than the bridge cost to build. The cost to replace is around £8000 as it is a one off solid cast. There is a tunnel alongside the bridge which helps the river pass through faster when it is in flood.


Garthewin was one of the numerous large estates in the area.Garthewin today (previously owned by the Wynne family).This is the field that the tenants gathered for their annualday out, complete with brass band in the c. 1900.
Listed Building Garthewin Grade II.
Listed Building Chapel west of Garthewin Grade II.
Listed Building Cottage east of Garthewin outbuilding Grade II.
Listed Building Outbuildings north of chapel Grade II.
Listed Building Small house on Garthewin drive (The Book Room) Grade II

The Village
Accross the villages square are the tennis courts and playing field with childrens play park with lots for them to do while you sit on one of the benches and relax, watching them play.Holiday Homes in and around the village.These are ideal Homes to rent if you want to stay in the area. One of the Houses is situated in the centre of the village and the other small holding just on the outskirts with brilliant views of the Snowdonia valley. The Village has lots of History in & around the area i’e Churches, Chaples, School with Garthewin est below and many other things to do and see.The village has its own Girl Guides camp which attracts guides many from around the country and overseas.


There are two Public Houses now The Black Lion Hotel situated along side the River Elwy where you can feed the ducks & the Swan Inn which is in the centre of the village where you can sit outside both and enjoy good pub grub.

The Swan Inn

Found in the centre of this village, which is surrounded by some excellent walking country, The Swan Inn is a charming old inn, popular with both locals and tourists alike. As well as having a patio area to the front of the inn, there is a large beer garden to the rear and the interior of the Swan offers ample opportunity for relaxing and enjoying a quiet drink. Landlords, Vic and Sheila have plenty to offer their customers: there is a good selection of real ales at the bar whilst, throughout the week (except Wednesdays), an extensive menu of pub food is served. There is something for everyone, from a light sandwich to grills and Sheila’s delicious home-made pies, but the house speciality, Chicken Penllyn, a wonderful combination of Welsh cheese, bacon and chicken breast, is well worth trying. Meanwhile, on Sundays there is a traditional roast lunch.

Along with the warm and friendly atmosphere that they have created here, this delightful couple also lay on live entertainment on the first Saturday in each month. An ideal place to stop and rest awhile when out exploring this unspoilt part of North Wales.

Tel > 01745 720 233

The Black Lion Hotel Is located some 5 miles from Abergele on the A458 road heading towards Llanrwst. The Hotel has both double and single rooms with bed and breakfast accommodation at reasonable rates. The menu has been designed to give a full varied menu consisting of traditional 3 course Sunday lunch, full a la carte menu, in which have been prepared on the premises. Meals are served either in the dining room or in the bar area or in the beer garden, which serves Robinsons Traditional Ales as well as a wide range of wines and spirits. Other facilities include a Function and Meeting Room, together with a beer garden patio and Hotel is an ideal base for fishing, country walks and the many tourist attractions in the area. Restaurant Mon – Sat Tel > 01745 720205

Fishing is good here Between the village, Rhuddlan and the sea there are no holding pools, and so salmon and sea trout tend to run straight through this part of the river without stopping. No permits are needed, but a rod licence is required. Maggot fishing is prohibited.

Village View

The Dog show in an event that happens every year bringing people from all over the country for this event which is held on the field along side the River Elwy. This event brings about 100 dogs and owners to take part in verious events, with prize money and cups to be had. Mr Alwyn Morris who lives on the outskirts of the Village is the person that arranges the event every year. Thanks to him and his friends for their commitment. The Villagers have there own Bowling Club which is very popular, they travel around to other Villages to play different Competitions.

Village Sports day Our sports day is a fun day for all the family, this event happens every year on the last saturday in the month of july. See you there

The Mill

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Defra – Hunting with Dogs — Resolving the Issue, The Government has a manifesto commitment to help Parliament resolve the contentious issue of hunting with dogs in England and Wales. So find out more click here

Other Places to visit nearby Good days out for all the family

Bodnant Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, with 80 acres of land situated above the River Conwy on ground sloping towards the west and looking across the valley towards the Snowdonia range.
The famous Laburnum Arch, a 55 metre long tunnel, is an overwhelming mass of yellow blooms at May and early June.
Conwy Castle (Edward I magnificent fortress completed in 1287) is not to far away from the village to visit and a good day out for all the family.
Take a tour around the Castle and walk the town walls or stroll along the quay.
Try the Butterfly Jungle and see all the tropical species of butterflies from all around
the world.
Snowdon trip on the Welsh mountain railway..the views from the top are stunning. Travel to Llanberis this is where it starts on its way up.There are basically seven routes up Snowdon although there are many others possible. Round trip walking times should be between five and seven hours so don’t get lost. Time to start the walk, earlier the better.

Caerleon – Newport A Roman fortress town, Caerleon, near Newport, is rich in history and legend. Its literary claim to fame is that the ancient Welsh bard Talhaiarn was educated there; it is the birthplace of the writer Arthur Machen, and the poet Tennyson once stayed at the Hanbury Arms where he wrote Idylls of the Kings.

What is Welsh?
Welsh is a member of the Celtic family of languages. It is closely related to Cornish and Breton and more distantly related to Irish, Scots Gaelic, and Manx. The Celtic languages were spoken throughout the British Isles long before English was brought to Great Britain by Germanic invaders from northern Europe. Welsh is thought by some to be the oldest living language in Europe. The Welsh name for Welsh is Cymraeg which is pronounced cum-RAIG (the last syllable rhymes with the first syllable of “tiger”). The Welsh name for Wales is Cymru (KUM-ree). The Welsh name for the Welsh people is Cymry, pronounced the same as Cymru. Hope im correct

Is Welsh just a dialect of English? Not at all. Welsh is an entirely different language that had already existed for centuries before English began to evolve from its Germanic roots. Here are some examples: Welsh: Mae Cymraeg yn iaith hen iawn. English: Welsh is a very old language. Welsh: Croeso i’r safle Gwe ‘ma. English: Welcome to this Web site. Why should I learn Welsh? Everyone in Wales speaks English, right? It’s true that nearly everyone in Wales speaks some English. Especially in predominantly Welsh-speaking areas, you will still find many Welsh-speakers who are not comfortable with English.