Llanbadarn Fawr, Ceredigion

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Llanbadarn Fawr
Llanbadarn Fawr Parish Church.jpg
Llanbadarn Fawr Parish Church dedicated to St Padarn; the current church dates from 1257.
Llanbadarn Fawr is located in Ceredigion
Llanbadarn Fawr
Llanbadarn Fawr
Location within Ceredigion
Population 3,380 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SN599808
• Cardiff 90 mi (140 km)SE
  • Llanbadarn Fawr
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Aberystwyth
Postcode district SY23
Dialling code 01970
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
52°24′29″N 4°03′36″W / 52.408°N 4.060°W / 52.408; -4.060Coordinates: 52°24′29″N 4°03′36″W / 52.408°N 4.060°W / 52.408; -4.060

Llanbadarn Fawr is an urbanised village and community in Ceredigion, Wales. It is located on the outskirts of Aberystwyth situated next to Penparcau and Southgate. It forms the eastern part of the continually built-up area of Aberystwyth. It holds two electoral wards, Padarn and Sulien which elect a Ceredigion County Councillor each and several Llanbadarn Fawr Community Councillors. At the 2001 census its population as a community was recorded at 2,899,[2] increasing to 3,380 at the 2011 census.

Attractions, history and amenities

Llanbadarn Fawr is named after the church of Padarn (the great church of Padarn), and dates from the sixth century. It predates Aberystwyth, whose castle was originally named after Llanbadarn.

Notable buildings include Saint Padarn's Church, a fine, partly Romanesque parish church on the site of the mother church founded by Padarn (Paternus) in the 6th century and which contains notable 18th-century wall monuments.

Llanbadarn Fawr has two pubs, The Black Lion and The Gogerddan Arms, and the University's Llanbadarn campus, which concentrates on subjects such as business, law, criminology and information science, and Coleg Ceredigion's Aberystwyth campus.

Padarn United F.C. play their football in the Cambrian Tyres League.

In the spring, summer and autumn months the village has train services provided by The Vale of Rheidol Railway to Devil's Bridge, Capel Bangor and Aberystwyth.


Much of the community falls within the electoral wards named Llandbadarn-Fawr-Padarn and Llandadarn-Fawr-Sulien. The total population of these wards is 3,380[3][4]

In literature

Tradition has it that the poet Dafydd ap Gwilym was born within Llanbadarn Fawr parish, as it stood in the fourteenth century, at Brogynin, Penrhyn-coch. He wrote about the parish church in his poem "The Girls of Llanbadarn". This church can still be visited today.


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  2. ^ Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 471. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.
  3. ^ "Padarn ward population 2011". Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Sulien ward population 2011". Retrieved 11 May 2015.

External links

  • Llanbadarn Fawr Community Council website
  • www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Lanbadarn Fawr and surrounding area
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