In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Llanfair Pwllgwyngll like this:
LLANFAIR-PWLLGWYNGYLL, a village and a parish in the district of Bangor and county of Anglesey. The village stands near the Chester and Holyhead railway, and near the Menai strait, 5 miles SW of Beaumaris; takes the latter part of its name, signifying "raging-pool," from the Swelly rocks whirlpool in the strait; and has a station, of the name of Llanfair, on the railway, and a post office, of the name of Llanfair-Pwllgwyngyll, under Bangor.The parish contains also the small seaport of Pwllfanog. ...
Acres, 952; of which 100 are water. Real property, £1,403. Pop. in 1851,758; in 1861,695. Houses, 170. The property is divided among a few. Plâs-Llanfair is the seat of Lord Clarence Paget. PlâsNewydd demesne, the seat of the Marquis of Anglesey, noticed in our article LLANEDWEN, also is adjacent. Craigy-Ddinas, a rocky eminence, 260 feet high, commands a very rich panoramic view; was formerly crowned with an ancient camp; and is now surmounted by a column 100 feet high, commemorative of the military career of the late Marquis of Anglesey, and bearing aloft a colossal bronze statue by Noble, set up in the autumn of 1860. Building-stone is quarried and shipped. The living is a rectory, united with the p. curacy of Llandysilio, in the diocese of Bangor. Value, £250. Patron, the Bishop of Bangor. The church is chiefly modern; retains a portion of an old church, with a remarkable apse; and has a fine broach spire. The churchyard contains an obelisk to the memory of the workmen who died during the construction of the Menai bridge.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Llanfair Pwllgwyngll has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of the Isle of Anglesey. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Llanfair Pwllgwyngll and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Llanfair Pwllgwyngll in The the Isle of Anglesey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 05th December 2013
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