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"LLANBEDR-Y-CENNIN, a parish in the hundred of Isaf, county Carnarvon, 5 miles S. of Conway, its post town, and 6 N.W. of Llanrwst. It is situated on the W. bank of the river Conway, and includes the townships of Aidda, Dol-y-Garrog, Llanbedr, and Tal-y-Cafnd; at the latter place there is a ferry. Many of the people are employed in the mines obtaining copper ore. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bangor, value with the vicarage of Caerhun annexed, £289, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. The parochial endowments realise about £44 per annum. There are remains of an ancient British camp. A fair is held on the 3rd October." [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 Llanbedr-y-cennin 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

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 Salem chapel (in Welsh )    Also Soar chapel (in Welsh)   - with translations by Eleri Rowlands (Dec 2009)   Also Siloh chapel, Brwynog, in Dolgarrog within this parish - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Feb 2010)

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.

Llanbedr-y-Cennin Parish consisting of Llanbedr-y-Cennin and Dolgarrog Township; Statistics; Area 4909 acres; Population 254 males, 227 females, total 481

  • Llanbedr-y-Cennin
  • Llanbedr y Cennin Parish Church     Restored 1843           Attendance - usual - morning 70/80, evening 30/40       Services in Welsh            Informant; Thomas Evans, Curate
  • Soar, Independent                       Erected 1830                 Attendance - afternoon 66, evening 55              Owen Jones, Deacon, Hafod y Waun
  • Llwynygwaun, Calvinistic Methodists                    Erected c 1830          Attendance - afternoon 60                  John Hughes, Deacon
  • Salem, Independent                    Erected c 1808             Attendance - afternoon 72, evening 200                 John Williams, Independent Minister
  • Dolgarrog Township
  • No returns

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llanbedr-y-cennin which are provided by:

People's Collection Wales site - Pen-y-gaer, Llanbedr-y-Cennin

Llanbedr y Cennin - on Wikipedia


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanbedr-y-cennin 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 SH760695 (Lat/Lon: 53.208047, -3.858179), Llanbedr-y-cennin which are provided by:


Conwy School Boards (Byrddau Ysgol Conwy) records  - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Includes; ...... Records of the Caerhun, Llanbedr y Cennin and Dolgarrog United District School Board, 1873-1903...."