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"A parish in the Union of Corwen, hundred of Isaled, ten miles (WNW) from Corwen on the old Holyhead road. ..... The parish contains about twenty thousand acres, including a large tract of dreary mountain and moorland. ..... The breeding of cattle and sheep, the diggging of peat for fuel, the spinning of wollen yarn, and the knitting of stockings form the principal occupations of the inhabitants. The neighbourhood abounds with good grazing land, a great portion of which is let by the proprietors to the Anglesey dealers, for the pasturage of cattle, on their way from that isle to the midland counties of England."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

This very extensive parish comprises the townships of Clust y blaidd, Cwmpenanner (or Tre'r Cwm), Hafod-y-maidd (or Tre-hafod-y-maidd), Llaethwryd, Trebrys Uchaf, Tre'rfoel, Tre'r Geifr, Tre'rllan, and Tre'r Abad Uchaf (also known as Tir yr abad Uchaf, Rhwyng Brenig ac Alwen, or Tre tu hwnt i Alwen).



Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SH 953487.
The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, is believed to have been founded as early as AD 440. It was mentioned in the Norwich Taxation of 1254. It was repaired and enlarged in 1503, and restored in 1874.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Nonconformist Churches "Welsh Church Commission - County of Denbigh - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905"lists the following nonconformist places of worship in the Civilparish of Cerrig-y-Drudion :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Cefn Brith Calvinistic Methodists 255
Jerusalem Calvinistic Methodists 224
Ty Mawr, Cwmpenaner Calvinistic Methodists 117
Moriah Congregationalists 50
Pentrellyncymmer Congregationalists 85
Seion Wesleyans 130
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1590 - 1988 1591 - 1970 1590 - 1988
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1590 - 1846 1591 - 1812 1590 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1665 - 1840 1665 - 1840


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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Cerrig-y-Drudion was assigned to the No. 1 ("Gwyddelwern") sub-district of the Corwen Registration District; which was co-extensive with the Corwen poor law Union.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Cerrig-y-Drudion are in the format :

(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)

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Description and Travel

Cerrig-y-Drudion - on wikipedia

Cerrig-y-Drudion - on the geograph site

Cerrigydrudion - village site


View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries

On Clwyd FHS's site there is a diagram showing parish names/positions with links to pages for the parish church

Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive [distributor], 17 May 2001. SN: 4348.   Here is a gazetteer/finding aid plus a set of overview maps to accurately identify the position of parishes within the county

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