Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - longest place name in Europe, Anglesey

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, Wales


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Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, or Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll is a large village and local government community on the island of AngleseyWales, on the Menai Strait next to the Britannia Bridge and across the strait from Bangor. Both shortened (Llanfairpwll or Llanfair PG) and lengthened (Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch) forms of the placename are used in various contexts (with the longer form pronounced (listen)).. [Name: read more..]

According to the 2011 Census, the population was 3,107, and 71% of them were able to speak Welsh. It ranks as the sixth largest settlement on the island in terms of population. Remarkably, the long form of its name contains 58 characters and 18 syllables, making it reputedly the longest place name in Europe and the second longest one-word place name in the world.


Human activity and settlement in the village's vicinity can be traced back to the Neolithic era (4000-2000 BC), where subsistence agriculture and fishing were the predominant occupations. During this time, the island of Anglesey could only be accessed by boat via the Menai Strait. In the parish, at Ty Mawr, situated north of the present-day church, a mostly destroyed dolmen dating from this period can be found. On early Ordnance Survey maps, the site was depicted as a long cairn. Additionally, the remains of a probable hillfort with a fragmentary bank and ditch were observed on an outcrop known as Craig y Ddinas.. [History: read more..].