Cwrt Henllys Hotel, Cwmbrân
Cwrt Henllys Hotel
The name of this hotel, and of the nearby Cwrt Henllys Farm, means “court (or large house) in Henllys”. A document of 1584 records the name as “the Courte of Hentllys” and parts of the hotel are thought to date back to the 15th century.
Today Henllys is a residential area on the edge of Cwmbrân but the name is taken from the parish of Henllys which means “old court” or “old hall”. The location of that building is unknown but it may have been nearer to St Peter’s parish church than the current Cwrt Henllys. A suggestion that Henllys was an administrative court of the lordship of Machen is unproven.
The Welsh word cwrt is a common element in place-names with a number of other meanings including “court-yard” and “farm” and it is not always possible to say which is most appropriate. It also appeared locally in the name of a former house, Cwrt-y-llaca, probably meaning “court (or farm) near the mire”.
With thanks to Richard Morgan, of the Welsh Place-Name Society
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