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Coordinates: 52°58′23″N 4°14′17″W / 52.973°N 4.238°W / 52.973; -4.238 Garndolbenmaen, known colloquially as Garn, is a village in the county of Gwynedd, Wales. It lies near the A487, approximately 6 miles north west of Porthmadog, in the community of Dolbenmaen, which has a population of 1,300.[1] The closest villages are Dolbenmaen and Bryncir. The Papur Bro, the local Welsh language paper, is called Y Ffynnon (The Source/Spring).

Blaen y Cae recording studios are located in the village, where Pep Le Pew's album, Un tro yn y Gorllewin and the last album by Gwyneth Glyn, Wyneb Dros Dro, were recorded. The producer and musician Dyl Mei also lives in Garndolbenmaen.

Approximately 50 pupils attend Ysgol Gynradd Garndolbenmaen,[2] many pupils travel from nearby villages including Pant Glas, Bryncir, Cwm Pennant and Golan. The number of pupils attending the school has remained consistent over the past 20 years.

Many of the old cottages in Garndolbenmaen have been turned into holiday homes.

There is a pub om the village, the Cross Foxes. However at the turn of the 20th century there were several pubs including the Cross Pipes and Dafarn Faig, which is now occupied by the Hughes family, this was located on the "lôn gefn" (back road) leading to Bryncir.

The Gwynedd county councillor for the Dolbenmaen ward, Steve Churchman, a member of the Liberal Democrats, is the postmaster and runs a small shop.

Famous residents

  • Peter Jones (Pedr Fardd) (1775–1845), poet and hymn writer
  • Ben Matthews
  • Garndolbenmaen Boys


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