Llanedeyrn (Welsh: Llanedern) is a district and community in the east
of the city of Cardiff, Wales, located around 3.5 miles from the city
centre. The parish of
Llanedeyrn rests on the banks of the river
Rhymney and is visible nesting on a hill side above the A48(M),
westbound on the approach into cardiff.
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The name "Llanedeyrn" is believed to be derived from a 6th-century
prince and Celtic saint named St Edeyrn or Edern. During the 6th
century, St Edeyrn and a fellow monk, St Isan, were given the task of
spreading the faith and establishing places of worship. The first
location chosen by the two monks was Llanishen. This name commemorates
St Isan (Llan + Isan) and the other[clarification needed] St Edeyrn
(Llan means church or parish in the Welsh language). St Edeyrn was
reputed to have travelled widely, and as a result there are churches
in North and South
Wales dedicated to his memory. St Edeyrn gathered
together a community of about 300 that lived and worshipped in the
The original Norman-style church dating back to 1123 exists only as
stonework remnants beneath restoration work completed in 1888; the
church today is a simple structure with a tower and five bells.
Adjacent to this church is a public house called the Unicorn. The
building dates to the 14th century and was converted[clarification
needed] in the late 18th century.
Nearby in Pen-y-Groes a Calvinistic
Methodist school room and chapel
was built in 1840.
Comprising only a few buildings,
Llanedeyrn became part of
In the late 1960s,
Cardiff Council decided to build low cost social
housing in Llanedeyrn, with an estimated 3,500 homes to be erected for
12,000 poor people (2,000 homes owned by the city council and 1,500
private homes). The first of the estates in the area was opened in
1968. The council provided prefabricated and terraced houses, and many
two-, three- and multi-storey blocks of flats were constructed.
In 1974 the Maelfa shopping centre was built and a part-time police
station was opened, followed in 1975 by the Retreat public house next
door. The public house "The Pennsylvania", dating from 1972, closed
down and reopened in 2004 as the "New Penn".
The area also has the first comprehensive school built in Wales,
Llanedeyrn High School, which
Colin Jackson attended in his youth.
The housing estates in
Llanedeyrn became one of four new communities in Cardiff,
having previously been part of the Pentwyn community. However, like
many communities in Cardiff, it does not have a community council.
^ a b c d "The History Of Cardiff's Suburbs -
Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn".
Cardiffians.co.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
^ "The New Penn". Cardiffpubs.co.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
^ Ruth Mosalski (23 March 2015) "No longer will housebuyers be able to
mock estate agents... Pontcanna is set to be one of four city 'areas'
given official status",
Wales Online. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
City and County of
Cardiff (Communities) Order – 2016 No. 1155
(W. 277) (PDF). Welsh Statutory Instruments. 2016. Retrieved 9 April
Population Statistics (1841 - 1891)
St. Ederyn's church, monumental inscriptions
http://www.walesdirectory.co.uk/Towns/Llanedeyrn.htm - The unicorn pub
Coordinates: 51°30′49″N 3°09′05″W / 51.51361°N