Elan Village

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Elan Village is a small purpose-built community on the border of Brecknockshire and Radnorshire. It was designed by architect Herbert Tudor Buckland as part of Birmingham Corporation's scheme to construct a series of water supply reservoirs in the Elan Valley between 1892 and 1904. It housed workers and their families responsible for maintaining the scheme's dams and the filtration systems.[1] Elan Village is the only purpose-built Arts and Crafts "Model Village" in Wales.

It is served by the B4518 road which runs three miles south-westwards from Rhayader to end at the village, though continuing as a minor road to Caban-coch Reservoir. The road continues over the Elenydd to Cwmystwyth and a cul-de-sac branch runs to the dam of Claerwen Reservoir.[2]


  1. Owen, H.W. and Morgan, R. 2007 Dictionary of the Place-names of Wales Gomer Press, Cardiganshire ISBN 9781843239017
  2. Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale Explorer map sheet no 200 Llandrindod Wells & Elan Valley

52°16’25"N, 3°33’55"W