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"DOL-WYDDELAN, a parish in the hundred of Nant Conway, in the county of Carnarvon, 6 miles S.W. of Llanrwst. It is situated on the river Lledr, under Moel Siabod. There are still remains of the old castle in which Llewelyn the Great as born, and which afterwards descended to the Berkenets and the Gwynnes. Of the two towers which existed in Pennant's time, only one remains, with a small portion of a wall of great thickness. The village is one of the rudest and most primitive in Wales, situated in a wild and lovely valley, entirely surrounded by mountains. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Bangor, value £107, in the patronage of Lord Willoughby d'Eresby. The church, dedicated to St. Gwyrelan, was built by Meredydd-ap-Jevan, who is stated to have purchased the castle in the reign of Henry VII. The Independents and Calvinistic Methodists have places of worship here. Fairs are held on the 16th April, 15th August, and 20th September." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
A guide to Bettws-y-Coed and Llanrwst : with notices of Capel Curig, Trefriw, and Dolwyddelan. Manchester : Abel Heywood & Son, 
Avent, Richard. Dolwyddelan Castle, Dolbadarn Castle. Cardiff : Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments, 1994. 36p
Hughes, H Harold. The old church Dolwyddelan. Bangor : Jarvis & Foster, [1924?] 11p
Kendell, Hilary. Walks from the villages of Snowdonia : Beddgelert, Betws-y-Coed, Capel Curig, Dolwyddelan, Llanberis, Llanrwst, Trefriw. [Betws y Coed] : [Hilary Books], 1999. 113p
Thomas, Evan . Hynafiaethau, hynodion, a hanes Dolwyddelan. [Tremadog] : [Robert Isaac Jones],  14p
See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of St Gwyddelan's ChurchDOLWYDDELEN, St. Elizabeth 1882-1886 - on the Church plans online site
Dolwyddelan Church - on the Cistercian Way site
Rev. W. Pari Huws Papers - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Includes; ...... an address on the centenary of Dolwyddelan Congregational Chapel, Caernarfonshire by him,1917"
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 Dolwyddelan chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Oct 2009)
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.
Dolwyddelan Parish; Statistics; Area 14384 acres; Population 371 males, 356 females, total 727
Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at the Caernarfon Area Record Office.
A Castle Wales site - Dolwyddelan Castle
People's Collection Wales site (use search box) - Dolwyddelan Castle
Dolwyddelan - on Wikipedia and wicipedia (Welsh)
Dolwyddelan - on geograph.org
Dolwyddelan Castle - on the Betws-y-coed site
A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833
Wills etc. transcribed by Bob Owen, Croesor - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Wills, administrations, inventories etc., transcribed by Bob Owen, c. 1930s, from material, dated 1634 to 1831, held at the Bangor Probate Office. Material relates mainly to parishes around the Merioneth-Caernarfonshire border and in particular the Ardudwy and Llanfachreth-Dolgellau areas as well as the uplands of Dolwyddelan and Penmachno and the shipping activities of old Barmouth...."
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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