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Published: 06/11/2019 By Allan Fuller

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch A village in Anglesey in North Wales, known for having the longest place name in the United Kingdom.
The long form of the name is the longest place name in the United Kingdom and one of the longest in the world at 58 characters.
Literally translated, the name means, the church of St.Mary of the pool  of the white hazels near the rapid whirlpool  and] the church of St.Tysilio of the red cave. The parish, and village itself, was originally known as Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll: this form of the name is still often used. Pwllgwyngyll, "the pool of the white hazels" was the original name of the medieval township within whose boundaries the present-day village lies.
Longer versions of the name are thought to have first been used in the 19th century in an attempt to develop the village as a commercial and tourist centre (see below). The village is, however, still signposted Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, marked on Ordnance Survey maps as Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll and the railway station is officially named Llanfairpwll, a form used by local residents. The name is also shortened to Llanfair PG, sufficient to distinguish it from other places in Wales called Llanfair.