Llanfair Waterdine

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Llanfair Waterdine
Welsh: Llanfair Dyffryn Tefeidiad
St Mary's parish church, Llanfair Waterdine, Shropshire - geograph.org.uk - 705709.jpg
St Mary's church, Llanfair Waterdine
Grid reference: SO240764
Location: 52°22’52"N, 3°7’1"W
Population: 225  (2011[1])
Post town: Knighton
Postcode: LD7
Dialling code: 01547
Local Government
Council: Shropshire

Llanfair Waterdine, sometimes written as Llanvair Waterdine and meaning St Mary's Church Waterdine, is a small village and parish in Shropshire, on the north side of the Teme valley adjacent to the border with Radnorshire. The village lies to the west of Offa's Dyke.

Place name

"Llanfair" is a typical Welsh place name - in English it translates as "church(yard) of St Mary". "Waterdine", which means "place by the water"[2] was added to the name to distinguish the village from other places called "Llanfair" (which is a very common place name). The name in the Welsh language is Llanfair Dyffryn Tefeidiad, meaning "Church of St Mary in the Teme Valley".


Llanfair Waterdine is just off the B4355 road, four miles north-west of Knighton and near the village of Knucklas, which has a railway station. The village lies five miles south-west of the small Shropshire town of Clun. Also nearby is the small village of Lloyney (just on the other side of the Teme, in Radnorshire). The village and parish is situated on the southern edge of the Clun Forest, a remote and very rural part of Shropshire, which is only partly forested.


  • A village hall - the Everest Hall (a tribute to John Hunt)
  • A 16th-century public house, which is now primarily a restaurant and hotel, the Waterdine[3] (formerly called the Red Lion, until 2000). The pub was originally built on the nearby Drover's road to serve the drovers taking livestock to market.[4]


The village lies near three long-distance footpaths:

Famous and former residents

  • John Hunt, Baron Hunt of Llanvair Waterdine[5] KG CBE DSO (June 22, 1910 - November 8, 1998) moved to the area after World War II. The village hall in Llanfair Waterdine is dedicated to his achievement and is called the "Everest Hall".
  • Hywel ap Syr Mathew (d. 1581), poet and historian, was a native of the village. He took part in the first Eisteddfod at Caerwys in 1523, and was said by Lewys Dwnn to have been a bardic teacher. He addressed eulogies and elegies in the traditional manner to some of the leading figures of his time, including William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, and Richard Davies, the Protestant bishop of St David's. An accomplished scribe, he made copies of The Book of Arms and was a herald bard. His chronicle of British history, written in the Welsh language, survives in two copies; it follows the style of contemporary historians in England, beginning with the sons of Noah and continuing down to 1556. In it Hywel states that he had been present at the siege of Boulogne in 1544 and some of his comments suggest that he was a devout Catholic. Both Lewys Dwnn and Dafydd Benwyn wrote elegies for him on his death.[6]


  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11125871&c=Llanfair+Waterdine&d=16&e=62&g=6461067&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1448709571191&enc=1. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  2. Institute for Name Studies. "A Key to English Place-Names". http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/english/ins/kepn/detailpop.php?placeno=13518. Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  3. "Pub website". http://www.waterdine.com. Retrieved 20 Nov 2007. 
  4. Burt, Paddy (2002-04-20). "Daily Telegraph review". The Daily Telegraph (London). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/main.jhtml?xml=/travel/2002/04/20/etpaddy20.xml. Retrieved 20 Nov 2007. 
  5. , the leader of the first successful expedition to climb Mount Everest,London Gazette: no. 44045. p. 7567. 5 July 1966. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  6. The Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales, ed. by Meic Stephens. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986, 277 ISBN 978-0-19-211586-7 Amazon link

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