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Pwllheli Stryd Penlan
Pwllheli Stryd Penlan
Coordinates 52 ° 53 ′  N , 4 ° 25 ′  W Coordinates: 52 ° 53 ′  N , 4 ° 25 ′  W
OS National Grid SH374350
Pwllheli (Wales)
Residents 3861 2010
Post town Pwllheli
ZIP code section LL53
prefix 01758
Part of the country Wales
Preserved County Gwynedd
Unitary authority Gwynedd

Pwllheli [ pʊɬˈhɛlɪ ] is a parish and the central market town in County Gwynedd, North West Wales .


Pwllheli is located on the southeast coast of the Lleyn Peninsula ( Welsh : Penrhyn Llŷn ) on the Irish Sea . The name Pwllheli means "salt water basin" or "harbor basin".

81% of the population (94% of the 10-14 year olds) speak Welsh as their main language, and the Plaid Cymru (“The Party of Wales”) was founded here, which advocates the independence of Wales within the European Union . Pwllheli is the birthplace of Albert Evans-Jones, the arch druid of the Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain (Welsh Bards Association) from 1950-1953.

The city has a primary school ( Ysgol Cymerau ) and a secondary school ( Ysgol Glan y Môr ), as well as the Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor , a further education institution.

Two bathing beaches at Pwllheli-Beach, a marina with the Pwllheli Sailing Club and the Clwb Golff Pwllheli contribute significantly to tourism . In Pwllheli, the National Eisteddfod (festivals of literature, music and song in Wales) took place in 1925 and 1955 , and an unofficial meeting of this organization as early as 1875.

The place is home to the Association Football Team Pwllheli FC and the Rugby Union Team Pwllheli RFC .

Bardsey Island ( Ynys Enlli ) in the Bay of Pwllheli is considered in some Welsh myths as the mysterious place Avallun (see also Avalon ). From August 14 to 22, 2013, the European Junior Championships in boat classes 420 and 470 were held in the bay .

History and traffic

Edward the "Black Prince" granted the town town charter in 1355 and the permission to hold a market day on the Maes ("field") in the city center every Wednesday . Shipbuilding and fishing, as well as the granite quarries at Gimlet Rock ( Carreg yr Imbill ) contributed to the community's prosperity.

Around 1890, the city was expanded, the promenade and the West End district emerged. A privately run tram , the Pwllheli and Llanbedrog Tramway , initially as a horse-drawn tram (1899-1919), from Pwllheli to Llanbedrog , which existed until 1927, was built. Then it was partially destroyed by storm damage, later taken over by the community and the undamaged part continued to be operated. The Solomon Bridge on the tram route over the Afon Cymerau at the confluence with the port, also built in 1890, is now used for road traffic.

The station is the terminus of the Cambrian Coast Railway , the former Aberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway , a route of the Cambrian Railways ( Llinell Cambria ) which comes from Shrewsbury (in Shropshire , England ) via Machynlleth to Pwllheli.


Individual evidence

  1. 420 and 470 Junior European Championships. Retrieved on August 23, 2013 .

Web links

Commons : Pwllheli  - collection of images, videos and audio files