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St. Davids Church, Henfynyw - geograph.org.uk - 50054.jpg
Henfynyw is located in Ceredigion
Henfynyw shown within Ceredigion
Population 1,045 
OS grid reference SN46SE02
• Cardiff 69.6 mi (112.0 km)
• London 183.5 mi (295.3 km)
  • Henfynyw
Principal area
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Aberaeron
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
List of places
52°13′35″N 4°16′09″W / 52.226498°N 4.269209°W / 52.226498; -4.269209Coordinates: 52°13′35″N 4°16′09″W / 52.226498°N 4.269209°W / 52.226498; -4.269209

Henfynyw is a community in the county of Ceredigion, Wales, and is 69.6 miles (111.9 km) from Cardiff and 183.5 miles (295.4 km) from London.[1][2] In 2011 the population of Henfynyw numbered 1045, with 54.3% of them able to speak Welsh.[3] The community includes the villages of Ffos-y-ffin, Llwyncelyn and Derwen-gam

Henfynyw church and St. David

By the twelfth century, Henfynyw church was dedicated to St. David, and early Christian lore had it that Henfynyw was the place where St David had spent some of his early years. For instance, the 'Holy Bard of Brecon' (Gwynfardd Brycheiniog, flourished 1176 AD) drew on this lore, when he included Henfynyw church in a poem. His "Ode to St David" listed the places in Wales that were then closely associated with St. David...

"And fair Henfynyw, by the side of the glen of Aeron,
Fields prolific in clover, and woods full of wealth."[4]

There is now no sure evidence for Henfynyw in the life of St. David, but Henfynyw church is ancient and has an inscribed stone in the east wall dated to the period 600–800 AD.


  1. ^ Bangor University Placenames Unit (Canolfan Bedwyr); accessed 9 May 2014
  2. ^ Google Maps (Map). Google.
  3. ^ Welsh Government website; 2011 Census Returns and stats; accessed 9 May 2014
  4. ^ Lines from the "Ode to St David" translated in the article "Aberaeron before the Harbour Act of 1807", Ceredigion: Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Vol. 9, Nos. 1–4, 1980–1983.

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