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Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

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Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

Llanelli (see below), the largest town in both the county of Carmarthenshire and the preserved county of Dyfed, Wales, sits on the Loughor estuary on the West Wales coast, approximately 10 miles west-north-west of Swansea and 12 miles south-east of the county town, Carmarthen. The town is famous for its proud rugby tradition and is a centre of tinplate production. In the mid 20th century, Llanelli was the largest town in the world where more than half the population spoke a Celtic language.
Administrative CountyCarmarthenshire
Traditional CountyCarmarthenshire
OS GridSN5000
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityDyfed Powys
Fire and Rescue AuthorityMid and West Wales
Fire and Rescue AuthorityMid and West Wales
Ambulance AuthorityWelsh
Dialling code01554, 01267[2]

Other names by which Llanelli, Carmarthenshire has been known in the past

Llanellos ~ Llanelly

Llanelli, Carmarthenshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Llanelly.-- parl. bor., seaport, market town, and par., Carmarthenshire, on river Lliedi and on Burry Inlet, 11 miles NW. of Swansea and 225 miles NW. of London by rail - par., 17,952 ac. (98 water) and 2413 tidal water and foreshore, pop. 27,779; bor., 2163 ac., pop. 20,122; town, pop. 19,760; 3 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-days, Thursday and Saturday. This town has gained great commercial importance through the rich mineral resources of the neighbourhood, and also through its convenience for maritime traffic. Four excellent docks have been erected for the accommodation of shipping - the Llanelly or New Dock, the Copper Works Dock, the Lead Works or Pemberton Dock, and the Carmarthenshire Dock. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) The local industries are chiefly connected with the working of copper, silver, lead, iron, and tin; while there are also extensive potteries, chemical works, brick and tile works, saw mills, flour mills, maltings, and breweries. The port is a convenient outlet for the produce of the South Wales coal fields. Llanelly forms one of the Carmarthen District of Parliamentary Boroughs (Carmarthen and Llanelly), which returns 1 member.

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