Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

No! It’s not a spelling mistake! It’s Welsh and the longest known word of any language.

It means: ‘The church of Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the fierce whirlpool and the church of Tysilio by the red cave’. Here is proof, there is a place with this name….

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
Philip with a shop assistant in traditional Welsh dress

I didn’t attempt to learn how to say it but James was very fluent and the perfect guide for our Conwy tour. Established 600 years before Cook discovered Australia and 300 years before Bartholomew Dias discovered Cape Horn, South Africa, Conwy welcomes you with its 13th century medieval castle off the starboard bow.

Castle built by Edward 1 in 1287

Worship has flourished for nearly 850 years in St Mary’s and All Saints Church where foundations were laid in 1172. Unbelievable! The European ‘Dark Ages’ and it is still thriving. The Great Plague of 1347 estimated loss of 75-200 million people across Europe and Asia. Unbelievable! Such a fascinating place. Loving it!!!

A family of seven taken by the plague, inspired the poem by William Wordsworth ‘We Are Seven’

I am estimating the population at about 25-30,000. Edward 1 delighted in conquering this Welsh town, taking over the church then claiming his territory by building a castle in 1287 with walls keeping the English in and Welsh out of the main city.

Castle walls around Conwy
Tour guides James and father Mike with Philip
The Mulberry – Nice young Welsh lad at the local marina restaurant and pub
The smallest house in Great Britain
Old unused telephone booth
brought back to life to bring life back …. installed with a Defibrillator. What a brilliant idea!

Typical street, shops and homes on second and third levels
Hanging Salmon and Prawn Kebab – The Mulberry Restaurant Yum Yum!!!

Hi Robbie (Wilson)! Lovely talking to you yesterday. Looking forward to hearing from you on my blog.

10 Replies to “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch”

  1. what a fascinating tour! how wonderful that you can take us with you, Wendy and Philip, as “armchair travellers”! ……and despite my having discovered some good “sea legs” on our visit with you to Australia, the idea of being in the middle of the ocean on a tiny vessel fills me with trepidation!…..for me, touring the ports is something I am looking forward to in the months to come! Sail on!

  2. Hi , Guys so pleased u are seeing so much past history, I know how much u both would be enjoying this journey. I am heading out to Tess for Easter. We are getting cooler weather. Lovely to see photo of James & his Dad. Wow the name of that town. Easy for me if u email this way poss. Lovely to read your story , awesome the age of Castles. Etc. Love Delly

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