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Yspytty Evan

"YSPYTTY EVAN, a parish partly in the hundred of Nant Conway, county Carnarvon, and partly in that of Isaled, county Denbigh, 8 miles S.E. of Llanwrst, 7 from Pont-ar-Afon-Garn, and 2 from Pentrevollas. It is situated near the headwaters of the river Conway, which issues from Llyn Conway, a large sheet of water surrounded by hills. The parish includes the townships of Eidda, Tir Evan, and Trebrys, and takes its name from an hospitium, or sanctuary for travellers, founded for the Knights Templars in 1159 by Ivan-ap-Rhys. The village subsequently became the head-quarters of bands of robbers who devastated the district, until checked by Meredydd-ap-Evan." [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.

Eidda Township within Yspytty Parish and within CAE (see also DEN)          Population 210 males, 219 females, total 429

  • No returns

Church Records

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

Capel Seion, Ysbyty Ifan, Tir Ifan, cofysgrifau (records) 1933-1963 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Adeiladwyd Capel Seion, Ysbyty Ifan, Tir Ifan, yn 1803, ac fe ailadeiladwyd y capel yn 1855. Mae Capel Seion, a elwir hefyd yn Capel Mawr, yn perthyn i Ddosbarth Machno, Henaduriaeth Dyffryn Conwy."

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Yspytty Evan which are provided by:

Almshouses in Ysbyty Ifan, 1954 - on the People's Collection Wales site



Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Papers of the Bulkeley Johnson (Ysbyty) Estate 1903-50 
  • Pryce, Shadrach, and Pryce, Lewis, papers   ".............. including: notes on the history of Ysbyty Ifan and Pentrefoelas, [late 19th century]............."
  • Notes relating to Richard Powell, Ysbyty Ifan  c. 1960   "Richard Powell, 1753-1795, of Ysbyty Ifan, Denbighshire was a poet and schoolmaster...."

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Yspytty Evan 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 SH843488 (Lat/Lon: 53.023929, -3.726495), Yspytty Evan which are provided by:


Conwy Schools (Ysgolion Conwy) records  - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Include; ...... Ysbyty Ifan School, 1924-1928........"