Llandinam

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Llandinam
Montgomeryshire
Llandinam bridge.jpg
Llandinam bridge
Location
Grid reference: SO028881
Location: 52°29’2"N, 3°26’2"W
Data
Population: 942
Post town: Llandinam
Postcode: SY17
Dialling code: 01686
Local Government
Council: Powys
Parliamentary
constituency:
Montgomeryshire

Llandinam is a village and parish in Montgomeryshire, between Newtown and Llanidloes, located on the A470 road.[1] As a parish, Llandinam is made up of the village itself, small hamlets including Plas Dinam and Little London and several farms.

Llandinam was the family home of the industrialist David Davies who was responsible for much of the development of the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire valleys and the export of coal in the 19th century. The house that David Davies built, Broneirion, remains an elegant country mansion owned by The Girl Guides Association. The parents of Murray Humphreys, one of Chicago's most feared Prohibition gangsters, emigrated to the United States from the village in the late 1890s.[2]

The bridge from the main road over towards Broneirion was the first cast iron bridge constructed in the county, designed by Thomas Penson and built by Davies 1846. It spans 90 feet. At the east end of the bridge there is a statue of David Davies.[3]

Gordonstoun school in Elgin, Morayshire was evacuated here for the duration of World War II when the Gordonstoun estate was taken over by the army for use as barracks. The local village school was threatened with closure in 2003 due to falling pupil numbers; thanks to a popular local campaign it was temporarily saved.

Llandinam was voted the Best Kept Village in Wales in 1986.

References

  1. Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines et al., eds (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 477. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6. 
  2. Russo, Gus, The Outfit: The Role of Chicago's Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America. p.23
  3. Cragg, Roger (ed):Civil Engineering Heritage, Wales and West Central England, ISBN 0 7277 2576 9

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