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St Garmon's Church
Grid reference: SJ1892920359
Location: 52°46’28"N, 3°12’7"W
Population: 521  (2001)
Post town: Llanfechain
Postcode: SY22
Dialling code: 01691
Local Government
Council: Powys

Llanfechain is a small village and parish located in northern Montgomeryshire, between Llanfyllin and Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain. It has a population of approximately 600 people.[1]

Features include a local pub, the "Plas-yn-Dinas", a small primary school and a village hall. The parish church, St Garmon's, was originally constructed in Norman times, and still retains many original features.[2] It is a Grade II* listed building [3]

The village has held a traditional village show on the August Bank Holiday weekend every year since 1966.[1]

The village was served by the Llanfyllin branch of the Cambrian Railways, which has since been dismantled.[4]

Llanfechain was the birthplace of Walter Davies, who undertook printed surveys of the rural economy and society of Wales at the turn of the 19th century.[5]

The novelist and playwright James Hanley lived in Llanfechain from December 1940 until 1963. After he died in London in 1985 Hanley was buried in the village.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Llanfechain Village Show". http://www.llanfechain-show.co.uk/. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  2. "Church of St Garmon , Llanfechain". Montgomeryshire Churches Survey. http://www.cpat.demon.co.uk/projects/longer/churches/montgom/16408.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  3. "Church of St. Garmon, Llanfechain". British Listed Buildings. http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/wa-7625-church-of-st-garmon-llanfechain. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  4. "Victorian Llanfechain". Victorian Powys for Schools. http://history.powys.org.uk/school1/llanfyllin/fec1902.shtml. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  5. "Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain') and The Board of Agriculture". The National Library of Wales. http://www.llgc.org.uk/index.php?id=598. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  6. Chris Gostick, "Extra Material on James Hanley's The Closed Harbour". The Closed Harbour. (Richmond, Surrey: Oneworld Classics, 2009), p.213.

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