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"CARNGIWCH, a parish in the hundred of Gafflogian, in the county of Carnarvon, North Wales, 4 miles to the N. of Pwllhelî, its post town. It is situated on the banks of the river Erch. The living is a curacy annexed to the rectory of Edern, in the diocese of Bangor, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is dedicated to St. Ciwg." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Carnguwch area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

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.

Carngiwch Parish; Statistics; Area 1344 acres; Population 52 males, 62 females, total 114

  • Chapelry of St Bruno     Attendance - no service    "The Chapelry is in a mountainous district amidst a thinly scattered population. When the weather is inclement there is no attendance, or but a very thin one, at Church. It is impossible to give exact information. The people follow Dissent. ..............."         Wm Jones, The present officiating minister     (Church partially rebuilt in 1828 - Lewis 1849)

Description and Travel

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"CARNGIWCH (CARN-GIWG), a parish in the hundred of GAFLOGION, county of CARNARVON, NORTH WALES, 5 miles (N.) from Pwllheli, on the road from Carnarvon, containing 117 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated near the river Erch, takes its name from a lofty conical hill, called Moel Carn Giwch, on the summit of which is a vast heap of loose stones, generally thought to be a carnedd, but said by popular tradition to have been thrown down by a giantess, who carried them thither in her apron. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of Edern, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Bangor. The church, dedicated to St. Ciwg, or St.Beuno, and in which divine service is performed only every third Sunday, is a small neat edifice, rebuilt, with the exception of the east end, in 1828. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £48. 8. " A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833

Historical Geography

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


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


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