BODVAEN (BOD -VUAN, or BOD - VUAN in LLEYN), a parish in the hundred of DINLLAEN, Lleyn division of the county of CARNARVON, NORTH WALES, 3 1/2 miles (W. N. W.) from Pwllheli, containing 378 inhabitants. This small parish is situated in a very extensive plain, near the base of Carn Bodvan, and abounds with fossils, of which great quantities, chiefly oyster and muscle shells, are found imbedded in a soft lime-stone rock, near the church, and in a very perfect state. Bodvaen Hall, now the property and occasional residence of Lord Newborough, is a handsome mansion, occupying a pleasant situation within its limits. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Bangor, rated in the king's books at £ 6. 6. 8., endowed with £ 200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Bishop of Bangor. The church, dedicated to St. Buan, a handsome modern edifice in the Grecian style of architecture, was erected in 1765, at the expense of the Misses Catherine and Elizabeth Wynne, of Bodvaen Hall, and contains some good monuments to different members of that family. There is a place of worship for Calvinistic Methodists.
William Lloyd, Esq., in 1784, bequeathed £ 100 for educating poor children of the parish, of whom twenty-five are gratuitously instructed from this fund during the summer months. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £ 94. 6. (A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833)
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