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Llanbister
Llanbister is located in Powys
Llanbister
Llanbister
Location within Powys
Population382 (2011)
OS grid referenceSO111733
Community
  • Llanbister
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLLANDRINDOD WELLS
Postcode districtLD1
Dialling code01597
PoliceDyfed-Powys
FireMid and West Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
UK
Wales
Powys
52°21′05″N 3°18′22″W / 52.3514°N 3.3061°W / 52.3514; -3.3061

Llanbister is a small village and community with a 2011 population of 382[1] in Powys, mid Wales, in the historic county of Radnorshire.

Facilities

The village is not directly served by a railway station: the nearest is Llanbister Road railway station which is about 5 miles east of the village. It is served by a bus service (the T4 operated by Stagecoach Wales) which connects Cardiff to Newtown via Merthyr Tydfil, Brecon, Builth Wells and Llandrindod Wells.

Llanbister is situated on the A483 main road from Newtown to Llandrindod Wells, at its junction with the B4356 road. It also lies next to the River Ithon which flows southward just west of the village.

In the past, there was a police station in Llanbister, on the north west outskirts of the village, but this has since been sold off as private housing.[2]

Other facilities include a primary school, Llanbister C P School,[3] a children's play area[4] and a 200-person capacity community hall built in 1996 which has a stage and a 6.25m x 4m dance floor.[5] There used to be a Post Office in the centre of the village but it is no longer operating: it was proposed for closure in 2008.[6]

The Lion Hotel, Llanbister
The Lion Hotel, Llanbister

There is a Victorian pub and bed and breakfast hotel (The Lion Hotel) in the village and a caravan and camping site to the north west of the village, near the former police station.

There is an area of common land to the east of the village, named Llanbister Common. In July 1991 an unlicensed free music festival was held there, which was not well received by the local population, so in summer 1992 manure was spread on the land to make a repeat less likely.[7] There is evidence of possible medieval ridge and furrow cultivation on Llanbister Common.[8]

In 2018 the horror film You Should Have Left was partly filmed at a property near Llanbister,[9] the John Pawson-designed Life House (Tŷ Bywyd) just east of the village.[10]

Churches

The village has an Anglican church in the centre, St Cynllo's Parish Church (part of the Church in Wales), parts of which date from around AD 1300,[11] as well as a Methodist church on the southern outskirts.

Notable residents

Eleanor Bufton, the actress, was born here in 1842.[12]

References

  1. ^ [1] Archived 27 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine 2011 Census Key Statistics Llanbister Community Council, retrieved 20 February 2014
  2. ^ Zoopla property search, retrieved 19 February 2014
  3. ^ Llanbister School
  4. ^ Llanbister Play Area Archived 2014-02-27 at the Wayback Machine Powys Play Areas, retrieved 20 February 2014
  5. ^ Powys Village and Community Halls
  6. ^ Powys County Council Post Office Closure Impact Report April 2008 Archived 2014-02-27 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 20 February 2014
  7. ^ Roads closed as police seal off hippie festival, Stephen Ward, The Independent, Monday 27 July 1992
  8. ^ Cefn Llanbister, Cultivation Ridges, National Monuments Record of Wales online database, retrieved 12 March 2014
  9. ^ "Hollywood star Kevin Bacon stays in Llandrindod Wells hotel". The Brecon & Radnor Express. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  10. ^ Review: Life House, Living Architecture's latest venture in Wales, Robert Bevan, The Independent, Friday 22 April 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2020
  11. ^ Llanbister at Wales Directory
  12. ^ Joseph Knight, ‘Bufton , Eleanor (1842–1893)’, rev. J. Gilliland, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 25 Jan 2015
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