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Gwynedd
Gwynedd
(Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɡʊɨnɛð]; English: /ˈɡwɪnɪð/) is a county in Wales, sharing borders with Powys, Conwy, Anglesey
Anglesey
over the Menai Strait, and Ceredigion
Ceredigion
over the River Dyfi. The scenic Llŷn Peninsula
Llŷn Peninsula
and most of Snowdonia National Park are in Gwynedd. Bangor is the home of Bangor University. In the northern part of the county, the other main settlements are Caernarfon, Bethesda, Ffestiniog, Llanddeiniolen, Llanllyfni, Porthmadog
Porthmadog
and Pwllheli. The largest settlement in the south is Tywyn. As a local government area, it is the second largest in Wales
Wales
in terms of land area and also one of the most sparsely populated. A majority of the population is Welsh-speaking. Gwynedd
Gwynedd
also refers to being one of the preserved counties of Wales, covering the two local government areas of Gwynedd
Gwynedd
and Anglesey. Named after the old Kingdom of Gwynedd, both culturally and historically, Gwynedd
Gwynedd
can also be used for most of North Wales, such as the area that is policed by the Gwynedd Constabulary. The current area is 2,548 square km (983.78 sq miles) slightly smaller than Luxembourg, with a population of 121,874 as measured in the 2011 Census.[1]

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History 3 Economy 4 Welsh speakers 5 Towns, cities and communities 6 Notable people from Gwynedd 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Etymology[edit] In the past, historians such as J. E. Lloyd assumed that the Celtic source of the word "Gwynedd" meant "collection of tribes" - the same root as the Irish fine, meaning "tribe".[2] Further, a connection is recognised between the name and the Irish Féni, an early ethonym for the Irish themselves, related to fían, "company of hunting and fighting men, company of warriors under a leader". Perhaps *u̯en-, u̯enə (strive, hope, wish) is the Indo-European stem.[3] The Irish settled in NW Wales, and in Dyfed, at the end of the Roman era. Venedotia was the Latin form, and in Penmachno
Penmachno
there is a memorial stone from c. AD 500 which reads: Cantiori Hic Iacit Venedotis ("Here lies Cantiorix, citizen of Gwynedd").[2] The name was retained by the Brythons when the kingdom of Gwynedd
Gwynedd
was formed in the 5th century, and it remained until the invasion of Edward I. This historical name was revived when the new county was formed in 1974. History[edit]

View of Tremadog
Tremadog
bay.

Gwynedd
Gwynedd
as a county from 1974 to 1996 when it included the Island of Anglesey

See also: Kingdom of Gwynedd Gwynedd
Gwynedd
was an independent kingdom from the end of the Roman period until the 13th century, when it was conquered by England. The modern Gwynedd
Gwynedd
was one of eight Welsh counties created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. It covered the entirety of the historic counties of Anglesey
Anglesey
and Caernarfonshire, and all of Merionethshire apart from Edeirnion
Edeirnion
Rural District (which went to Clwyd); and also a few parishes of Denbighshire: Llanrwst, Llansanffraid Glan Conwy, Eglwysbach, Llanddoged, Llanrwst
Llanrwst
and Tir Ifan. The county was divided into five districts: Aberconwy, Arfon, Dwyfor, Meirionnydd
Meirionnydd
and Anglesey. The Local Government (Wales) Act 1994
Local Government (Wales) Act 1994
abolished the 1974 county (and the five districts) on 1 April 1996, and its area was divided: the Isle of Anglesey
Anglesey
became an independent unitary authority, and Aberconwy (which included the former Denbighshire
Denbighshire
parishes) passed to the new Conwy County Borough. The remainder of the county was constituted as a principal area, with the name Caernarfonshire
Caernarfonshire
and Merionethshire, as it covers most of the areas of those two historic counties. As one of its first actions, the Council renamed itself Gwynedd
Gwynedd
on 2 April 1996. The present Gwynedd
Gwynedd
local government area is governed by Gwynedd
Gwynedd
Council. As a unitary authority, the modern entity no longer has any districts, but Arfon, Dwyfor
Dwyfor
and Meirionnydd
Meirionnydd
remain as area committees. The pre-1996 boundaries were retained as a preserved county for a few purposes such as the Lieutenancy. In 2003, the boundary with Clwyd
Clwyd
was adjusted to match the modern local government boundary, so that the preserved county now covers the two local government areas of Gwynedd and Anglesey. Conwy county borough is now entirely within Clwyd. A Gwynedd Constabulary was formed in 1950 by the merger of the Anglesey, Caernarfonshire
Caernarfonshire
and Merionethshire
Merionethshire
forces. A further amalgamation took place in the 1960s when Gwynedd Constabulary was merged with the Flintshire
Flintshire
and Denbighshire
Denbighshire
county forces, retaining the name Gwynedd. In one proposal for local government reform in Wales, Gwynedd
Gwynedd
had been proposed as a name for a local authority covering all of north Wales, but the scheme as enacted divided this area between Gwynedd
Gwynedd
and Clwyd. To prevent confusion, the Gwynedd Constabulary was therefore renamed the North Wales
Wales
Police. The Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia National Park
was formed in 1951. After the 1974 local authority reorganisation, the park fell entirely within the boundaries of Gwynedd, and was run as a department of Gwynedd
Gwynedd
County Council. After the 1996 local government reorganisation, part of the park fell under Conwy County Borough, and the park's administration separated from the Gwynedd
Gwynedd
council. Gwynedd Council still appoints nine of the eighteen members of the Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia National Park
Authority; Conwy County Borough Council appoints three; and the National Assembly for Wales
Wales
appoints the remaining six. Economy[edit] The county has a mixed economy. An important part of the economy is based on tourism: many visitors are attracted by the many beaches and the mountains. A significant part of the county lies within the Snowdonia National Park, which extends from the north coast down to the district of Merioneth in the south; it is much larger than Snowdonia proper. But tourism provides seasonal employment and thus there is a shortage of jobs in the winter. Another problem with tourism is the demand that it creates for second homes. This pushes house prices out of reach of local people, to the detriment of the position of the Welsh language
Welsh language
in rural areas[citation needed]. Agriculture is less important than in the past, especially in terms of the number of people who earn their living on the land, but it remains an important element of the economy. The most important of the traditional industries is the slate industry, but these days only a small percentage of workers earn their living in the slate quarries. Industries which have developed more recently include TV and sound studios: the record company Sain
Sain
has its HQ in the county. There are also two nuclear power stations in Gwynedd: Trawsfynydd
Trawsfynydd
has closed but Wylfa is currently open. The education sector is also very important for the local economy, including Bangor University
Bangor University
and Menai College. Welsh speakers[edit]

The proportion of respondents in the 2011 census who said they could speak Welsh.

Gwynedd
Gwynedd
has the highest proportion of people in Wales
Wales
who can speak Welsh. According to the 2011 Census, 65.4% aged three and over stated that they could speak Welsh.[4] It is estimated that 83% of the county's Welsh-speakers are fluent, the highest percentage of all counties in Wales.[5] The highest percentages of Welsh speakers in Gwynedd
Gwynedd
are within the 5-15 age group, with 92.3% of those people stating that they could speak Welsh.[5] The proportion of Welsh speakers in Gwynedd
Gwynedd
declined between 1991 and 2001,[6] from 72.1% to 68.7%, even though the proportion of Welsh speakers in Wales
Wales
as a whole increased during that decade to 20.5%.[6] The Annual Population Survey conducted in 2016, estimates that 71.0% of those in Gwynedd
Gwynedd
who are three-years-old and above can speak Welsh.[7] Towns, cities and communities[edit]

Bangor (pop. 18,808) Caernarfon
Caernarfon
(9,615) Ffestiniog
Ffestiniog
(4,875) Bethesda (4,735) Porthmadog
Porthmadog
(4,185) Pwllheli
Pwllheli
(4,076) Tywyn
Tywyn
(3,264) Dolgellau
Dolgellau
(2,688) Nefyn
Nefyn
(2,602) Barmouth
Barmouth
(2,522) Penrhyndeudraeth
Penrhyndeudraeth
(2,150) Llanberis
Llanberis
(2,026) Bala (1,974) Criccieth
Criccieth
(1,753) Harlech
Harlech
(1,447) Aberdyfi
Aberdyfi
(1,282) Llanddeiniolen
Llanddeiniolen
(5,072) Llanllyfni
Llanllyfni
(4,135)

Notable people from Gwynedd[edit]

Wayne Hennessey, footballer, current[when?] Welsh national team goalkeeper, playing for Crystal Palace T. E. Lawrence, "Lawrence of Arabia" David Lloyd George, statesman and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, born in Manchester
Manchester
but lived in Llanystumdwy
Llanystumdwy
from infancy Owain Fôn Williams, footballer, currently[when?] playing for Inverness Caledonian Thistle Elin Fflur, singer Duffy, soul singer-songwriter Chico Slimani, of X Factor fame, resided for a short time in Llanystumdwy Opera
Opera
singer Sir Bryn Terfel Opera
Opera
singer Gwyn Hughes Jones (Llanbedrgoch, 25-10-1969) Hedd Wyn, born Ellis Evans; poet, from the village of Trawsfynydd Bryn Fôn, popular Welsh singer and actor Group Captain Leslie Bonnet, RAF officer, writer and originator of the Welsh Harlequin
Welsh Harlequin
duck; and his wife Joan Hutt, artist Clough Williams-Ellis, architect of Portmeirion Sasha, disc jockey

See also[edit]

List of High Sheriffs of Gwynedd List of Lord Lieutenants of Gwynedd List of places in Gwynedd List of schools in Gwynedd Llŷn Peninsula Snowdonia National Park

References[edit]

^ "Authority population 2011". Retrieved 18 May 2015.  ^ a b Bedwyr Lewis Jones. Enwau (Llyfrau Llafar Gwlad) (Llanrwst, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 1991), p. 5–6. ^ Template:Dyf GPC ^ "Welsh speakers by local authority and broader age groups, 2001 and 2011 census". StatsWales. Welsh Government. Retrieved 31 October 2016.  ^ a b " Anglesey
Anglesey
& Gwynedd
Gwynedd
Joint Local Development Plan Topic Paper 10: Welsh Language & Culture" (PDF). Gwynedd
Gwynedd
County Council. Gwynedd
Gwynedd
County Council. February 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2011.  ^ a b Census shows Welsh language
Welsh language
rise. 14 February 2003. Retrieved 12 April 2007. ^ " Annual Population Survey estimates of persons aged 3 and over who say they can speak Welsh by local authority and measure". StatsWales. Welsh Government. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 

External links[edit]

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Gwynedd

Principal settlements

Bala Bangor Barmouth Bethesda Blaenau Ffestiniog Caernarfon Criccieth Dolgellau Ffestiniog Harlech Nefyn Porthmadog Pwllheli Tywyn

Towns and villages

Aberangell Aberdaron Aberdesach Aberdyfi Abererch Abergeirw Abergwyngregyn Abergynolwyn Aberllefenni Abersoch Abertrinant Afon Wen Anelog Arthog Beddgelert Bethania Bethel Bethesda Betws Garmon Bodferin Boduan Bontddu Bontnewydd Botwnnog Bryncroes Bryn-crug Brynrefail Buan Bwlch-derwin Caeathro Capel Celyn Carmel Carnguwch Ceidio Chwilog Clwt-y-bont Clynnog Fawr Corris
Corris
Uchaf Corris Croesor Cwm y Glo Deiniolen Dinas Dinas Dinlle Dinas Mawddwy Dinorwig Dolbenmaen Dolmelinllyn Dwygyfylchi Edern Efailnewydd Eisingrug Fairbourne Friog Frongoch Ganllwyd Garndolbenmaen Garneddwen Gellilydan Glasinfryn Groeslon Llan Ffestiniog Llanaber Llanaelhaearn Llanarmon Llanbedr Llanbedrog Llanberis Llandanwg Llandegwning Llandeiniolen Llandudwen Llandwrog Llandygai Llanegryn Llanelltyd Llanengan Llanfaelrhys Llanfaglan Llanfair Llanfihangel Bachellaeth Llanfihangel-y-Pennant Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, Dolbenmaen Llanfrothen Llangelynnin Llangian Llangwnnadl Llangybi Llaniestyn Llanigian Llanllechid Llanllyfni Llannor Llanrug Llanuwchllyn Llanwnda Llanymawddwy Llanystumdwy Llithfaen Llwyndyrys Llwyngwril Maentwrog Mallwyd Mellteyrn Minffordd Morfa Bychan Morfa Nefyn Mynydd Llandygai Mynydd Nefyn Mynytho Nantlle Valley Rhostryfan Nantmor Nasareth Nebo Pant Glas Penffridd Penisa'r Waun Penllech Penllyn Penmaenpool Pennal Penrhos Penrhyndeudraeth Pentre Gwynfryn Penygroes Pen-y-meinl Pistyll Pontrug Porthdinllaen Portmeirion Prenteg Rachub Rhiwddolion Rhosgadfan Rhoshirwaun Rhoslefair Rhos-y-gwaliau Rhyd Ddu Rhyd Rhyd-uchaf Rhydyclafdy Sarn Meyllteyrn Soar Talsarnau Tal-y-bont (near Bangor) Tal-y-bont (near Barmouth) Tal-y-llyn Talysarn Tanygrisiau Trawsfynydd Trefor Tregarth Tremadog Tudweiliog Tywyn Waunfawr Y Felinheli Y Ffor Y Fron Y Rhiw

Education

Bangor University Coleg Harlech Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Coleg Menai Schools

Castles and forts

Caernarfon
Caernarfon
Castle Castell y Bere Criccieth
Criccieth
Castle Dolbadarn Castle Harlech
Harlech
Castle Fort Belan

Rivers

Afon Aber River Adda Afon Artro Afon Cegin Afon Cwmnantcol Afon Daron Afon Dwyfor Afon Dwyryd Afon Dysynni Afon Fathew Afon Glaslyn Afon Llyfni Afon Mawddach Afon Ogwen Afon Rhythallt Afon Seiont Afon Tryweryn

Islands

Bardsey Island Ynys Gifftan Ynys Gwylan-fawr St Tudwals Islands

Topics

Parliamentary constituencies Places SSSIs Country houses Grade I listed buildings Grade II* listed buildings History Lord Lieutenants High Sheriffs Museums

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Principal areas of Wales

Blaenau Gwent Bridgend Caerphilly Cardiff Carmarthenshire Ceredigion Conwy Denbighshire Flintshire Gwynedd Merthyr Tydfil Monmouthshire Neath Port Talbot Newport Pembrokeshire Powys Rhondda Cynon Taf Swansea Torfaen Vale of Glamorgan Wrexham Ynys Môn

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Preserved counties of Wales

Clwyd Dyfed Gwent Gwynedd Mid Glamorgan Powys South Glamorgan West Glamorgan

Coordinates: 52°50′N 3°55′W / 52.833°N 3.917°W / 52

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