Llansteffan

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Llansteffan
Ferryside, groyne and beacon - geograph.org.uk - 1179270.jpg
Llansteffan viewed from Ferryside
Llansteffan is located in Carmarthenshire
Llansteffan
Llansteffan
Llansteffan shown within Carmarthenshire
Population 941 [1]
OS grid reference SN355105
Community
  • Llansteffan
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CARMARTHEN
Postcode district SA33
Dialling code 01267
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
UK
Wales
Carmarthenshire
51°46′08″N 4°23′08″W / 51.768942°N 4.385430°W / 51.768942; -4.385430Coordinates: 51°46′08″N 4°23′08″W / 51.768942°N 4.385430°W / 51.768942; -4.385430

Llansteffan, also anglicized as Llan- or Lanstephan, is a village and a community situated on the south coast of Carmarthenshire, Wales, lying on the estuary of the River Tywi, 7 miles (11 km) south of Carmarthen.

The community is bordered by the communities of: Laugharne Township; Llangynog; Llangain; St Ishmael; and Pembrey and Burry Port Town.

Llansteffan means "parish of Saint Stephen", but honours a 6th-century Welsh associate of Saint Teilo rather than the more widely known protomartyr.

The parish of Llansteffan consists of two distinct villages with separate churches: Llansteffan by the estuary and Llanybri inland on the hilltop. St Ystyffan's church is a grade II* listed building. [2] Between the castle and village sits Plas Llanstephan, Lord Kylsant's former residence, which is also a grade II* listed building [3]

Castle[edit]

Llansteffan Castle (1865 engraving)

Llansteffan Castle, built by the Normans in the 12th century and granted to the Marmion family, stands above the village on a promontory commanding the estuary passage. Located between the ferry crossing-points of the Tywi and Tâf rivers, Llansteffan was an important staging post on the Normans' coastal route from Glamorgan via Kidwelly to Pembroke.

Governance[edit]

An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches north from Llansteffan to include Llangynog and Llangain, with a total population of 2,006.[4]

Notable natives[edit]

  • Dylan Thomas had strong family links to Llansteffan. The triangle formed by Llangynog, Llangain and Llansteffan constitutes Thomas' "breeding-box valley", as he once put it. His mother's family, the Williamses, lived in the triangle, in farms such as Waunfwlchan, Llwyngwyn, Maesgwyn and Penycoed.[5]
  • Osi Rhys Osmond, artist, lived in Llansteffan for 30 years until his death.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Church of St Ystyffan, Llansteffan". British Listed buildings. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Y Plas, Llansteffan". British Listed buildings. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Dylan Remembered 1914-34 vol 1 by D N Thomas, Seren 2003

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