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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]

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

Church Records

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

Description and Travel

Gyffin - on wicipedia (Welsh)


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 Publications)  - with some links to photographs of parish churches

Public Records

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


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