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Trefdraeth

"TREFDRAETH, a parish in the hundred of Maltraeth, county Anglesey, 5 miles from Llangefni, its post town, and 3 N.W. of Newborough. It is situated near Maltraeth sands, and includes the hamlet of Yard. The subsoil is productive of coal and stone. The living is a rectory annexed to that of Llangwyvan, in the diocese of Bangor. The church, dedicated to St. Beuno, is erected on the site of one built in 1616. The parochial charities produce about £6 per annum. The Calvinistic Methodists have a chapel. Fairs are held on the 1st May, and on the 18th November." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

Bibliography

Hughes, O. Hanes plwyf Trefdraeth. Bangor : Jarvis & Foster, [190-]

Parry, Gwenfair. Trefdraeth (Anglesey). In The Welsh language and the 1891 census p. 439-453

Trefdraeth parish; Llanidan parish; Llangristiolus parish. Particulars with plans of very valuable ....freehold estates, farms and lands ... two thousand seven hundred acres .... to be sold by auction in 48 lots / By Mr. William Dew at The Bull Inn, Llangefni on Thursday the 17th and Friday the 18th days of August 1865.

Church History

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 11, North Wales. Ed. by Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, UWP,   1981. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Tref-draeth Parish; Statistics; Area 3135 acres; Population 479 males, 515 females, total 994

  • Trefdraeth Parish Church    (Diocese of Bangor)       Attendance - morning 23 + 26 scholars, afternoon 23      "I do not consider the returns for this parish to be worth much as the Dissenters filled their meeting houses for the occasion from neighbouring Parishes, morning and evening in the different places of Worship, three in number"               H D Owen
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  • Elim Chapel, Wesleyan Methodists      Erected 1835      Attendance - morning 30 scholars, afternoon 72, evening 35              Humphrey Jones, Minister, Beaumaris
  • Sardis, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist               Erected 1834          Attendance - morning 89 scholars, afternoon 134, evening 106           Thomas Jones, Steward, Tyddyn Bottwin, Trefdraeth

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  • The NLW's site - "The case of Dr Bowles ..... rector of Trefdraeth in 1766....."
  • The People's Collection Wales site (search on Trefdraeth) - "The depositions, arguments and judgement in the cause of the church-wardens of Trefdraeth....1773 "
  • St Beuno's Church, Trefdraeth   -  on geograph.org.uk     and    "The church .......Dating is difficulct due to significant restoration, however, the nave and chancel are probably C13, the chapel C13/C14, the porch is probably C14, and the vestry modern. The W bellcote is C14. The church retains a number of C15/C16 windows and doorways, .........."    coflein
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  • Eglwys Crist y Brenin [chapel of ease], Malltraeth  -  on geograph.org.uk
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  • St Anne's Mission Chapel (Chapel of Ease), Malltraeth-yard     coflein
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  • Capel Bethel (CM)  - on geograph.org.uk    and   "Bethel Methodist Chapel was built in 1805, rebuilt in 1866, renovated in 1889 and rebuilt again in 1905........."   coflein
  • Sardis CM chapel, Malltraeth   -  on geograph.org.uk     and     "Sardis Methodist Chapel was first built in 1831, rebuilt in 1860 and renovated in 1896...."    coflein
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  • "Elim Methodist Chapel [Wesleyan/Ty Mawr/Malltraeth] cause began in 1804 ..... at Ty Mawr Farm...chapel built in 1835...rebuilt on the same site in 1890......."   coflein

Church Records

Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at Anglesey Record Office.

Trefdraeth Parish Church Papers  - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Photocopies made ca. 1980-1990 of documents ranging in date from 1879-1921 which were in the safe of Trefdraeth parish church."

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Trefdraeth which are provided by:

Trefdraeth - on wicipedia (Welsh)

Pont Trefdreath - on BBC Wales (Welsh)

Gazetteers

Genealogy

Diaries of William Williams of Trefdraeth 1848 - 1851 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"The identity of the author of these diaries is not certain but according to their original cataloguer at the University of Wales, Bangor, it was probably William Williams of Trefdraeth, Anglesey, fl. 1848 - 1851, a draper, farmer and general dealer.."

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Trefdraeth has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Land and Property

Held at Anglesey Record Office (NRA);

  • Trefdraeth Community Council;- 1895-1984: minutes, accounts, register of burial grants and grave spaces
  • Trefdraeth land tax;- 1732-1814: assessments
  • Trefdraeth Parish;- 1550-1999: records
  • Trefdraeth tithes;- 1924-32: Tithe Rent Charge account books
  • Trefdraeth window tax;- 1768: assessments

Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH406702 (Lat/Lon: 53.204894, -4.388143), Trefdraeth which are provided by:

Gwynedd Family History Society  have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Anglesey (under Publications)