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"LLANDUDWEN, a parish in the hundred of Dinlaen, county Carnarvon, 6 miles W. of Pwllheli, its post town, and 10 from Nevin. The village is very small, containing only a dozen cottages. The living is a curacy annexed to the rectory* of Rhiw, in the diocese of Bangor. The church is dedicated to St. Tudwen." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]

Church History

The Penllyn site - Llandudwen 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.

Llandudwen Parish; Statistics; Area 1331 acres; Population 66 males, 53 females, total 119

Church Records

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


LLANDUDWEN (LLAN-DUDWEN), a parish in the hundred of DINLLAEN, Lleyn division of the county of CARNARVON, NORTH WALES, 5 miles (W. by N.) from Pwllheli, containing 85 inhabitants. The lands in this parish, consisting of about one thousand one hundred and sixty acres, and having for the most part a clayey, though in some places a peaty and gravelly, soil, are generally low and flat, and form the most fertile and best cultivated tract, in this part of the principality. The surrounding scenery is varied ; and among the most striking of the objects which it comprehends is Carn Madrin, at the base of which, within the parish, and occupying a romantic situation, is Madrin, an ancient mansion, now the property and residence of T. P. J. Parry, Esq. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of Rhiw, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Bangor. The church, dedicated to St. Tudwen, is a small neat cruciform edifice, in good repair. There are places of worship for Independents and Calvinistic Methodists. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is 51. 2. (A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833)


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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