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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 Mr 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 Mr 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

Church History

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

CRICCIETH, St. Catherine 1868-1869 - on the Church plans online site

CRICCIETH, St. Deiniol 1884-1889 - on the Church plans online 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 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

Church Records

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

Description and Travel

Welcome to Criccieth

Criccieth online

A Castle Wales site - Criccieth Castle

Robert Cadwalader's site - Criccieth

Criccieth - on Wikipedia


A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833


Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


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

Merchant Marine

Criccieth Lifeboat  - history

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


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