Welsh: Llanilltud Faerdref
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It is believed the name Llantwit Fardre is derived from an old Welsh-language name meaning The Church of St Illtud (Llantwit), on the Home Farm of the Prince (Faerdref) and relates to the land surrendered to the prince of the District by his subject to provide him with an income. St Illtud was a 5th-century Celtic priest who built his second church roughly in the area where the present church stands. He was later famed as the Saint of the Five Keys of youth, learning, chivalry, priesthood and knighthood.
History & Amenities
The parish has a fairly well preserved 12th century motte castle with an intact moat, called Tomen-Y-Clawdd, which is located in the parish village of Tonteg. Coach company Edwards Coaches is based in the town, and was established in 1925.
A station called Llantwit Fardre (and formerly Llantwit Dyffryn Red Ash Colliery) served the village on the [Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction Railway.
Industrialisation began in Llantwit Fardre in the late 17th century with the introduction of stone quarrying and coal mining. With the decline of coal mining the local populace tend to commute to work.
Between 1959 and 1973 Gilbern cars were manufactured in the village.
Llantwit Fardre has both a football and rugby union team: Llantwit Fardre AFC and Llantwit Fardre RFC respectively.
- "Ward population 2011". http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=13696796&c=llantwit+fardre&d=14&e=62&g=6494848&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1447683979844&enc=1. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
- The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) pg507 ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6
- Gilbern owners club