That long Welsh name

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

I love Wales. I love hearing the Welsh language and wish I spoke or understood it better. I have never really subscribed to a popular English view that the Welsh speak Welsh to annoy people from England. I rather think they speak it because it is their language – and beautiful and musical it sounds too. But Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is something of a mouthful.  The name was invented in the 19th century in an attempt to get tourists to stop there. It certainly worked.

Of course, crucial to the development of tourism was the arrival of the railway and a railway station. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch was first stop on Anglesey, over the Menai Bridge from the mainland.  And here is that station in 1972.

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I think both my wife and I must have photographed this building. I suspect I had the Agfa and took the black and white photo and my wife had the little Canon and took the colour slide. She got more of the period car on the left.

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The station opened in 1848 but was closed in 1966. Then, it was reopened after fire destroyed the rail link with the mainland and it still has a train service today.

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4 Responses to “That long Welsh name”

  1. opobs Says:

    I have a platform ticket from that station, it’s about 6 inches wide by one and a half inches high. Strange, I looked at it only yesterday when I packed it away in anticipation of my house move!

    • locksands Says:

      As a trainspotter, more than 50 years ago, I used to acquire a platform ticket as a proof of visit. I never got that one, though!

      • opobs Says:

        We had three of them, one each for my sister, brother and myself – mine’s probably the only survivor though!

  2. 8055bell Says:

    I had the pleasure of 3 years at the Poly of Wales in Pontypridd. Apart from a deep respect for Brains SA and adequate attention to lectures I learned to pronounce four welsh words. Toiledou, Gwaseanthou, S4C and this station. I still carry the enjoyment of a good pint and some knowledge of profession, but the Welsh language of saying toilet, service station and Channel 4 hasn’t proved too useful. Like the pic BTW. Creoso Y Cymru.

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