Photo: Norman Thorpe

Though lying hidden in a steep-sided valley in rural Wales, this village has not escaped the attention of the Guinness Book of Records. According to this work, the civil parish of LOWER LLANFIHANGEL-Y-CREUDDYN has the longest name (26 letters) of any place in Wales listed in the Ordnance Survey Gazetteer. The famous 58 letter name of the village on Anglesey, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll . . . . , was a nineteenth century invention and is not used by the Ordnance Survey. (Although we usually check thoroughly all our information, this writer must confess that he has not added up all the letters in every name in the Ordnance Survey Gazetteer, and has taken the Guinness Book as reliable.)

About six miles south-east of Aberystwyth, this is a working village with a thirteenth century parish church, a school, a pub and a post office. Some new houses have been built.

Photo: Norman Thorpe

As far as we could ascertain, there is no Memorial or Roll of Honour of the men who served in the Great War. The local lady with whom I discussed it told me her grandfather, who was one of these soldiers, said that there were  "about half a dozen" who went to the war. When they came back from the battlefields, it must have seemed like a return to a green paradise.

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