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"LLAN-FAELRHYS, a parish in the hundred of Commitmaen, county Carnarvon, 4 miles from Bardsey Isle, and 12 S.W. of Pwllheli, its post town. It is situated on the W. coast of Porthniull Bay. Here are mines yielding manganese. The village is situated on high, rugged ground, overlooking the sweep of Porth Nigel, or Hell's Mouth, where the Transit was wrecked in 1839. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to the vicarage of Aberdaron, in the diocese of Bangor. The church is dedicated to St. Maelrhys. The parochial endowments produce about £9 per annum." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


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Church History

Penllyn site - Llan Faelrhys Church

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.

Llanfaelrhys Parish; Statistics; Area 1679 acres; Population 129 males, 126 females, total 255

  • Llanfaelrhys Chapel, being an ancient Church     Attendance - average - evening 35            John Evans, Minister
  • Tanyfoel, Calvinistic Methodist           Erected 1824         Attendance - morning 63 scholars, afternoon 120         Robert Evans, Elder, Penarfynydd

Description and Travel

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LLANVAELRHYS (LLAN-VAELRHYS), a parish in the hundred of COMMITMAEN, Lleyn division of the county of CARNARVON, NORTH WALES, 14 miles (S. W.) from Pwllheli, containing 258 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the shore of St. George's channel, at the southern extremity of the great promontory of Lleyn, is but of inconsiderable extent, and is not distinguished by any peculiarity of feature, or connected with any events of historical importance. The views embrace an extensive prospect of the adjacent country, which is finely diversified, and of the channel, by which it is bounded on the south and south-east. Manganese has been found within the parish, but no mines of it have yet been opened. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Aberdaron, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Bangor. The church, dedicated to St. Maelrhys, is a very small edifice, and in a very dilapidated condition. There are places of worship for Independents and Calvinistic Methodists. A circulating charity school, for the gratuitous instruction of poor children, is held in the village every fourth year, in turn with the parishes of Aberdaron, Bryncroes, and Rhiw, for the support of which a tenement was bequeathed in the parish of Bryncroes. There are some small charitable donations and bequests for the relief of the poor. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £ 57. 18.  ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833 by Samuel Lewis)


Collection of papers relating to the Evans family of Penarfynydd (farm), Llanfaelrhys  1817-1926 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanfaelrhys 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 SH210268 (Lat/Lon: 52.808941, -4.657224), Llanfaelrhys which are provided by:

Public Records

William Owen Roberts, Plas Llangwnadl Manuscripts 1793-1966   -  details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"The collection consists of transcripts of the parish registers of ............. Llanfaelrhys 1812-1951 .... "