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Coordinates: 52°02′N 4°28′W / 52.04°N 4.47°W / 52.04; -4.47

Newcastle Emlyn
Welsh: Castell Newydd Emlyn
Newcastle Emlyn-panorama.jpg
View across the Teifi valley towards Newcastle Emlyn.
Newcastle Emlyn is located in Wales2
Newcastle Emlyn

 Newcastle Emlyn shown within Wales
Population 941 (2001)
OS grid reference SN305405
Principal area Carmarthenshire
Ceremonial county Dyfed
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SA38
Dialling code 01239
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Welsh Assembly Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
List of places: UK • Wales • Carmarthenshire

Newcastle Emlyn (Welsh: Castell Newydd Emlyn) is a town, straddling the counties of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire in west Wales (though officially it is in Carmarthenshire), lying on the River Teifi.

Adpar is part of the town that lies on the Ceredigion side of the River Teifi. It was formerly called Trefhedyn and was an ancient Welsh borough in its own right.



The remains of the Norman castle.

The town takes its name from the cantref of Emlyn which was an administrative district in Medieval Dyfed. The cantref was made part of the Norman March in the 12th century.

Notable buildings in the town include a ruined 13th-century castle, first mentioned in Brut y Tywysogion in 1215, when it was seized by Llewelyn the Great (Welsh: Llywelyn ap Iorwerth). [1]

Newcastle Emlyn has a town hall and secondary school, Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn. Attractions around the area include an art gallery, the Attic Theatre company, the National Woollen Museum. The Teifi Valley Railway is also nearby.


Unlike many small rural towns across Wales, Newcastle Emlyn has managed to maintain a wide range of local services, based mainly on small family businesses. The town's largest employer is the Saputo factory which manufactures Mozzarella cheese using locally sourced dairy produce.


Up until the 1960s, 90% of the town's population was Welsh-speaking. According to the United Kingdom Census 2001, 69% of the 941 people who live within Newcastle Emlyn speak fluent Welsh.

Taken together with Adpar on the Ceredigion side of the river Teifi the area's total population is approximately 1,500 people.


Newcastle Emlyn has both a football and rugby team. Newcastle Emlyn Football Club are members of the Football Association of Wales and Newcastle Emlyn RFC are a rugby union team who are members of the Welsh Rugby Union.

The legend of Emlyn Wyvern

The entrance to King George's Field in Church Lane, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire. Holy Trinity Church is in the background on the right.

The story of Gwiber Castell Newydd Emlyn (the Wyvern of Newcastle Emlyn) is a local tradition. It tells how on one of the fair days when the town was full of people a fierce winged viper called a wyvern breathing fire and smoke, alighted on the castle walls and having cast threatening glances around settled down to sleep. Its appearance on the castle at first brought terror to all but after the fear had died down a few brave townsfolk sought to destroy the fearsome monster.

A soldier devised the plan of wading the river Teifi to a point of vantage on the castle side and letting a red cloak float in the river and shooting the gwiber in a vulnerable under part of the body. The creature, so violently startled from its slumber, caught sight of the cloak and fell upon it with horrible shrieks and tore it to shreds. The assailant meanwhile, escaped to a place of safety.

The wyvern in its death throes turned onto its back and floated down the river. From its wound gushed forth a most loathsome venom which polluted the water and killed all the fish. The legend tells of the great joy of the townsfolk when they saw the monster dead.[2]

Notable people born at Newcastle Emlyn

External links


  1. ^ The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) pg609 ISBN 9780708319536
  2. ^ Newcasle Emlyn Millennium Edition Historical Notes About Our Town pp10, Pamela Jenkins (1999) Castle Publications

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