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"ABERERCH, a parish in the hundred of Dinlaen, union of Pwllheli, in the county of Carnarvon, North Wales, 1 mile N.E. of Pwllheli. It lies pleasantly on the shore at the mouth of the river Erch, and the surrounding scenery is very agreeable. It has a large ancient church dedicated to St. Cwrda. The living is a perpetual cur: with the curacy of Penrhoss annexed, value 96, in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor. The Independents, and the Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists, have chapels in the parish." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]

Business and Commerce Records

Rhyd-y-gwystl Woollen Factory Accounts 1823 - 1882 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"...... the business was running from 1835 - 1882 and was situated in the parish of Aber-erch ....."

Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of ;

There is a photograph of Ebeneser (Ind) chapel on the site

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for Abererch   chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Feb 2010)       Also Fourcrosses chapel  - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Feb 2010)

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.

Abererch Parish; Statistics; Area 5962 acres; Population 818 males, 964 females, total 1782

Church Records

Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at the Caernarfon Area Record Office.

Abererch churchyard - some inscriptions on Alwyn's Godsacre site

Description and Travel

Abererch Community site - history, picture of church  etc

Abererch - on wicipedia

Abererch Station - by David Medcalf on wikimedia commons


"ABEREIRCH (ABER-ERCH), a parish partly In the hundred of DINLLAEN, and partly in the hundred of EIVIONEDD, county of CARNARVON, NORTH WALES, 1 1/2 mile (E. N. E.) from Pwllheli, on the road to Criccieth, containing 1365 inhabitants. This small parish is pleasantly situated on the sea-shore, near the mouth of the river Eirch, from which it has received its name, and contains some agreeable scenery, interspersed with several well-built genteel houses, the principal of which is Hendrev, the property and residence of the Rev. T. Roberts. The living is a discharged vicarage, with the perpetual curacy of Penrhos annexed, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Bangor, rated in the king's books at 6, endowed with 600 royal bounty, and 600 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Bishop of Bangor. The church, dedicated to St. Cawrdav, is an ancient and spacious building, in the later style of English architecture, and consists of a nave, north aisle, and chancel ; the two eastern windows, which are enriched with elegant tracery, have been ornamented with stained glass. There are places of Worship for Independents and Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists. A tenement in the parish was bequeathed for the use of the poor, by the late Rev. Mr. Conway, the incumbent, and is now let for 6 per annum, which, with 4 per annum, arising from other charitable donations and bequests, is annually distributed on St. Thomas' day. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is 460. 13." (Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833). (Copied using  the original books AND the Cd published by Archive CD Books


Bryngolau (Abererch) papers 1857-1904 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"William Williams and family farmed at Bryngolau (or Bryn Goleu, Bryngoleu), Abererch during the mid 19th century, later moving to Pwllheli, Caernarfonshire"


Gwynedd Family History Society  have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Caernarfonshire (under Publications)  - with some links to photographs of parish churches


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