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Blaenau Ffestiniog
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Location within Gwynedd
Area56.99 km2 (22.00 sq mi)
Population4,875 (2011)
  Density 86/km2 (220/sq mi)
OS grid reference SH705455
  • Ffestiniog
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
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Postcode district LL41
Dialling code 01766
Police North Wales
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52°59′N3°56′W / 52.99°N 3.93°W / 52.99; -3.93 Coordinates: 52°59′N3°56′W / 52.99°N 3.93°W / 52.99; -3.93

Ffestiniog ( Loudspeaker.svg Welsh pronunciation ) is a community in Gwynedd in Wales, containing several villages, in particular the settlements of Llan Ffestiniog and Blaenau Ffestiniog. It has a population of 4,875. [1] [2]



Ffestiniog was a parish in Cantref Ardudwy ; in 1284, Ardudwy became part of the county of Meirionnydd, which became an administrative county in 1888. [3] Mary Evans (1735–89) founded a sect in Ffestiniog around 1780, whose believers held that she had married Christ in a ceremony held in Ffestiniog church. The sect soon died out after her death. [4] The parish was created an urban district in 1894. [3] On 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, Ffestiniog Urban District was abolished, becoming merged with other districts to form Meirionnydd District , which was itself abolished in 1996. Ffestiniog became a community with an elected town council.

Ffestiniog Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in 1893. The club closed at the end of March 2014. [5]


Celtic place-name in *-ākon "place of", then, "place belonging to, territory of" > Old Welsh -auc, -awg > Welsh -og. The form -iog with an additional /i/ can be explained by the preceding element, which is a personal name ending with -i-us : Festinius. The whole name should be *Festiniākon. Probably same name as Festigny (France, e.g.: Festigny, Marne, Festiniacus in 853)

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  1. "Office for National Statistics : Neighbourhood Statistics : Census 2011 : Gwynedd". Archived from the original on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  2. https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/localarea?compare=W04000063 [ bare URL ]
  3. 1 2 A Vision of Britain Through Time : Ffestiniog urban District Archived 4 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 12 January 2010
  4. Jenkins, Robert Thomas (2009), "EVANS , MARY", Dictionary of Welsh Biagraphy, retrieved 23 March 2016
  5. "Ffestiniog Golf Club", "Golf’s Missing Links".