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"LLANGYBI, a parish in the hundred of Evionydd, county Carnarvon, 5 miles N. of Pwllheli, its post town, and 12 W. of Llanfrother. It is a small village. There are slate quarries. The tithes were commuted in 1839. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bangor, value with that of Llanarmon annexed, £500, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is dedicated to St. Cybi. An Independent chapel was founded here in 1660. The charities produce about £27 per annum, including the endowment of the almshouses erected in 1760 by W. Price. Near the church is a holy well." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


Accounts of Llangybi Alms House : from November 12th, 1900 to May 1911. Pwllheli : Printed by W. Llewelyn Ellis, [1911?] 12p

Eglwysi Llangybi a Llanarmon = The Churches of Llangybi and Llanarmon. Llanystumdwy : Eglwys Llanystumdwy, [198-?] 6p

Owens, Benjamin G. Some unpublished material of the Reverend Richard Farrington, rector of Llangybi. Offprint from: Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society, August 1937. 32p

Walters, E G. Griffith H. Roberts, Llangybi, Caernarfonshire, 1832-1895. Gwreiddiau Gwynedd/Gwynedd Roots 15 (1988), p. 5-8

Business and Commerce Records

Llangybi Shop Account Books  - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"14 shop account books dating from 1790 to 1816, the majority of which are written in Welsh with the later ones in English. They provide a colourful picture of life in the Llangybi area, listing personal names, place names and goods sold at the shop .............."


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llangybi 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

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Helyg Congregational Chapel, Llangybi Capel Helyg History Notebooks  - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"3 notebooks consisting of the history of Helyg Congregational Chapel in Llangybi, created around 1850s ......"

Papers of Richard Jones, Llangybi - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
".......... A large section of this collection relates to Capel Helyg and in particular to the dispute which took place in the chapel in the mid-nineteenth century. Amongst these are an account of the money received towards building the chapel and restoring the chapel house ............"

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 Capel-Helyg  chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Sept 2010)            Also Sardis chapel  - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Nov 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.

Llangybi Parish; Statistics; Area 4519 acres; Population 309 males, 353 females, total 662

  • Llangybi Parish Church          Attendance - morning 30         St Geo. Armstrong Williams, Minister
  • Brynengan, Calvinistic Methodist           Erected 1777    Also used for a day school            Attendance - morning 82 scholars, afternoon 188, evening 86              "3 schools belonging to the Chapel"   Robert Roberts, Deacon, Hendre'r (illegible)
  • Ysgoldy Pencaenewydd, Calvinistic Methodist        Erected 1822        Attendance - morning 125 scholars, afternoon 220, evening 105         Isaac Jones, Deacon, Gatehouse Trallwyn, nr Pwllheli
  • Capel Helyg, Independents             Erected before 1800             Attendance - morning 135, afternoon 140 scholars, evening 200          "The Independents used to worship at this place at the time of the five Mile Act and the congregation was fined twice to fifty pounds and the above sums has been paid by the few poor frend at the place"           Thomas Griffith, Minister
  • Sardis Chapel, Independents                Erected 1822           Attendance - morning 27, afternoon 35 scholars, evening 52          John Thomas, Deacon, Cefn Bron, Llanaethauarn  

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llangybi which are provided by:

St Cybi's Well - on the Castle Wales site


LLANGYBI (LLAN-GYBI), a parish in the hundred of EIVIONYDD, county of CARNARVON, NORTH WALES, 5 miles (N. E. by N.) from Pwllheli, containing 717 inhabitants. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Cybi, an eminent British saint, who flourished towards the close of the sixth century, is pleasantly situated in the south-western portion of the county, and nearly in the centre of the promontory which separates Cardigan bay from the bay of Carnarvon. It is of very codsiderable extent, and the lands are mostly enclosed and in a good state of cultivation : the surrounding scenery is pleasingly diversified, comprising some fine views of the adjacent country, which abounds with varied and picturesque beauty. At Pontrhyd Goch is a slate quarry, which, however, is worked only on a limited scale, the slates being of rather an inferior quality, and the demand for them confined principally to the immediate neighbour-hood. The road from Carnarvon to Pwllheli passes through the parish, but there are no other facilities of intercourse with the neighbouring districts. The living is a rectory, with that of Llanarmon annexed, in the archdeaconry of Merioneth, and diocese of Bangor, rated in the king's books at £ 15. 3. 4., and in the patronage of the Bishop of Bangor. The church is a spacious structure, consisting of a nave and north aisle : in 1830 it underwent a thorough repair,. the roof being raised and new windows inserted, and it is now one of the best ecclesiastical edifices in this part of the principality. There is neither glebe house nor any glebe land attached to the living. There are places of worship for Calvinistic Methodists and Presbyterians. A parochial school, in which poor children receive gratuitous instruction, is supported solely at the expense of the rector of the parish. An almshouse was founded by Sir William Williams, Bart., who endowed it with a rent-charge payable out of the estate of Pentyrch Uchav, for six poor men, who receive £ 1 per quarter, with a sufficient allowance of fuel, and are nominated by Rice Thomas, Esq., of Coed Helen, heir of the founder : the buildings are at present in a very dilapidated condition, no part of the original endowment having been appropriated for keeping them in repair. The Rev. Mr. Griffith, in 1729, bequeathed a small portion of land, directing the proceeds to be annually distributed among the poor. Near the church is a fine chalybeate spring, called Fynnon Gybi, enclosed with a stone wall, and having stone seats round it : the water was formerly in great repute for its efficacy in the cure of scorbutic complaints, and is still found beneficial in chronic cases. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £255. 18. (A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833)


John William Prichard (Prisiart) Papers 1737-1864 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Includes; ......... The story of William Prichard, formerly of Brynrhudd and Glasfryn Fawr [Llangybi], Caernarfonshire, written by John William Prichard in 1818........"

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llangybi 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 SH428411 (Lat/Lon: 52.944183, -4.341007), Llangybi which are provided by:


Llangybi Board School Abstract of Accounts - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Abstract of accounts of Llangybi Board School providing an insight into the financial aspects of a rural school in north Wales including details of teacher salaries and fees, 1876-1886."