Froncysyllte colloquially known as Fron, stands on the banks of the River Dee and the Llangollen Canal. It is situated on the main A5 road between Chirk and Llangollen. The name is derived from the Welsh ‘fron’, meaning a hillside or slope, along with the name Cysyllte, one of the old townships of the parish of Llangollen.
Froncysyllte is situated in the farming landscape of the Vale of Llangollen, but first developed as a settlement of cottages for quarry, limekiln, brick and tile workers during the nineteenth century. The village was built on a high outcrop of limestone below several quarries. Though the area’s traditional industries have now gone, it still has a rich industrial archaeology.
Take a walk to the eighteenth century ‘Bont, meaning ‘bridge’ in Welsh, where the view of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is just fantastic – a real photo opportunity.
Nearest car park and postcode: Froncysyllte Community Centre, LL20 7RB
Nearest rail station: Chirk
Nearest town: Chirk