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"GYFFIN, a parish in the hundred of Isaf, county Carnarvon, 2 miles from Conway. The parish, which is of considerable extent, containing five townships, is situated near the river Conway. It was at this place that the Welsh gained a victory in 880 over the Saxons under Earl Eadred. Here was once a Cistercian abbey, founded by Llewelyn-ap-Jorwerth, which was subsequently removed by Edward I. to Maenan. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Bangor, value £115, in the patronage of the Dean of Bangor. The church is an ancient structure with stained-glass windows and an antique font. The charities produce about £7 per annum, including the income of Dean Jones's school." [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 Gyffin 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.

Gyffin Parish; Statistics; Area 3705 acres; Population 347 males, 326 females, total 673

  • Gyffin Parish Church             Attendance - usual - morning 70, afternoon 25, evening 70            Services in Welsh      Informant; T C Owen
  • Tanybwlch Chapel, Calvinistic Methodist          Erected 1821         Attendance - morning 64 scholars, afternoon 118, evening 41            Richard Roberts, Elder, Llechau Isaf

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Gyffin which are provided by:

Gyffin - on wicipedia (Welsh)


Historical Geography

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

Land and Property

Cymryd (Gyffin) Deeds  1565-1958 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales


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 SH779768 (Lat/Lon: 53.274073, -3.832546), Gyffin which are provided by:

Public Records

Gyffin Parish Account Book 1818-1873 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales