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"CRICCIETH, (or Crickeith, or Cricaeth), a parish and municipal borough in the hundred of Evionydd, in the county of Carnarvon, 2 miles W. of Tref-llys. It is situated to the N. of Cardigan Bay, but has no harbour. It is a contributory borough to Carnarvon, in returning one member to parliament, and is governed by a mayor and two bailiffs. It was formerly a market town, but is now much decayed, containing only 180 houses, chiefly inhabited by fishermen. The imports are chiefly for domestic use. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bangor, value with the curacies of Tref-llys and Ynyscynhaiarn, £324, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is in the later English style. The charities amount to £8 per annum. There are four chapels for Dissenters. On the isthmus are remains of a castle built in the reign of Edward I., which commands a fine view across the sands. Fairs are held on the 23rd May, 29th June, and 22nd October." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


A guide to Criccieth and Pwllheli : with walks and drives in the district. Manchester [etc.] : Abel Heywood & Son [etc.], [1903] 20p

Avent, Richard. Criccieth Castle : Pennaeth Fawr Medieval Hall House : St Cybi's Well. Cardiff : Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments, 1989. 44p

Criccieth Tourist Association. Criccieth : the pearl of Wales on the shores of Snowdonia. [Aberystwyth] : Cambrian News Ltd for the Criccieth Tourist Assoc., 1985. 76p

Gleasure, Eira. Criccieth : a heritage walk. Cricieth : Cymdeithas Hanes Eifionydd, 1998. 24p

Jones, Frank R. Y Capten David Williams, Criccieth, 1803-1887. Maritime Wales = Cymru a'r Môr 10 (1986), p. 121-130

Official guide to Criccieth, North Wales. [Aberystwyth] : [Printed by J. & J. Gibson for the Council], 1900. 52p

Roberts, Malcolm Lloyd. A Criccieth seaman.(Thomas Williams).   Maritime Wales = Cymru a'r Môr 11 1987, p. 170-3

Turner, Alun. Lloyd George of Criccieth.  Country Quest. (October 2001), p. 8-9

Turner, Alun. William Harwood : postcard publisher of Criccieth. Picture Postcard Monthly 178 (1994), p. 15-16


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Criccieth 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

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Capel Berea Particular Baptists, Tan-y-Grisiau Terrace, nr Criccieth (1886)

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 Cricieth  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.

Criccieth Parish and Borough; Statistics; Area 1678 acres; Population 379 males, 418 females, total 797

  • Criccieth Parish Church      Attendance - morning 54, afternoon 31, evening 7      Services in Welsh          John Jones, Rector
  • Large Chapel, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist      Erected c 1822      Attendance - afternoon 172, evening 189   "The day being cold the congregation was less in the evening than usual of about 50" John Jones, Elder, Ynysgain
  • Capel y Meas (?), Wesleyan Methodist       Erected 1809          Attendance - afternoon 102, evening 100      David Cadwaladr, Steward, Prince of Wales
  • Penmaes, Baptist        Erected c 1791          Attendance - morning 34, afternoon 62        [Comment - cold day, 10 fewer both sessions]     David Williams, Deacon

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Criccieth which are provided by:


Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;
  • Papers of the Drage Family, Criccieth 1806-1995
  • Watkin family of Muriau [Mawr], Criccieth, papers 1822-1918 , including including deeds relating to the parish of Criccieth 1814-1919
  • William George (Solicitor) Papers 1766-1981 (accumulated [c. 1880]-1989) [brother of David Lloyd George]

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Criccieth 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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH500380 (Lat/Lon: 52.918398, -4.232509), Criccieth which are provided by:

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;
  • Criccieth Urban District Council, records 1799-1974    "The Borough of Criccieth (Cricieth), established in the 13th century, became a Corporation in 1833 and an Urban Sanitary Authority in 1873......"