Carmarthen

Carmarthen (/kɑːrˈmɑːrðən/, RP: /kəˈmɑːðən/; Welsh: Caerfyrddin [kɑːɨrˈvərðɪn], "Merlin's fort" or "Sea-town fort") is the county town of Carmarthenshire and a community in Wales, lying on the River Towy. 8 miles (13 km) north of its estuary in Carmarthen Bay.[2][3] The population was 14,185 in 2011, down from 15,854 in 2001,[4] but gauged at 16,285 in 2019.[5] It has a claim to be the oldest town in Wales – Old Carmarthen and New Carmarthen became one borough in 1546.[6] It was the most populous borough in Wales in the 16th–18th centuries, described by William Camden as "chief citie of the country". Growth stagnated by the mid-19th century as new settlements developed in the South Wales Coalfield.[6]

Carmarthen
Carmarthen
Location within Carmarthenshire
Population14,185 [1] (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSN415205
Community
  • Carmarthen
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCARMARTHEN
Postcode districtSA31-33
Dialling code01267
PoliceDyfed-Powys
FireMid and West Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
Websitewww.carmarthentowncouncil.gov.uk
List of places
UK
Wales
Carmarthenshire
51.856°N 4.316°W / 51.856; -4.316