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"CLYNNOG VAWR, a parish in the hundred of Uwch Gorfai, in the county of Carnarvon, North Wales, 9 miles S.W. of Carnarvon, its post town and railway station. This pretty little village is situated about 10 miles from the foot of the Rivals, near the sea-shore. Its church, as Pennant truly remarks, is the most remarkable structure of its kind in North Wales. It is built in the form of a cross, and is a fine specimen of the late perpendicular style of Henry VII. Its length from E. to W. is 130 feet, and its breadth, from N. to S., 70. It consists of a nave, transept, and chancel, with a tower, and at the western end a porch surmounted by a muniment room, and a sacristy, also surmounted by a room. The church contains tombs of the Glynne and Twisleton families, and a curious oak chest, carved out of a solid tree, which was once used for the reception of offerings to St. Bino, or Beuno, to whom the church is dedicated, and who is supposed to have founded an abbey in 616." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]


De Hirsch-Davies, John E. History and antiquities of Clynnog. Bangor : Caxton Press, pr., [1913] 24p

Kelly, Richard S. The excavation of a burnt mound at Graeanog, Clynnog, Gwynedd, in 1983. Archaeologia Cambrensis 141 (1992), p. 74-96

Thomas, W Gwyn. An early Christian monument in Caernarvonshire [Clynnog Fawr]. Archaeologia Cambrensis 141 (1992), p. 183

Church History

The Penllyn site - Church of St Bueno, Clynnog Fawr

Ebenezer Chapel, Clynnog-fawr - see below under Land and Property

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 Pantglas  chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation

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.

Clynnog Parish; Statistics; Area 12060 acres; Population 796 males, 854 females, total 1650

Church Records

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

Tombstone Epitaphs c. 1904 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Epitaphs on tombstones collected by Urias Stephen from cemeteries in Llanwnda, Llanllyfni, Llandwrog, Brynaerau and Clynnog, Caernarfonshire"

Description and Travel

Clynnog Fawr -  on the site (Welsh version)

Clynnog Fawr on Wikipedia  and   wicipedia (Welsh)

People's Collection Wales site - Reconstruction of a settlement at Cefn Graeanog, Clynnog Fawr in 4th century AD


Land and Property

Bachwen, Clynnog, casgliad (collection) - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Papers relating mainly to Bachwen, Clynnog-fawr, 1874-1982, including farm diaries of Henry Williams, 1883-1903, Thomas Hughes, 1905-1945, and David Arthur Hughes, 1923-1981; account books and bills from Cefn Emrys and Bachwen, 1879-1982; remembrance cards, 1874-1906; papers relating to Ebenezer Chapel, Clynnog-fawr, and other churches, 1906-1982 ........."


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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