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Colwyn Bay or Bae Colwyn

The new parish of Colwyn Bay was created on 15 May 1893, by an Order in Council, from the townships of Llwytgoed, Rhiw, and part of Dinerth, which until then had been in the ancient parish of Llandrillo-yn-Rhos.
On 5 May 1900, Llwytgoed and part of Rhiw were transferred to the new parish of Bryn-y-Maen.


  • Colwyn Bay before the houses came.     Manchester : Sherrat and Hughes, 1938.
  • Colwyn Bay directory.    London: Kent service Ltd., 1960.
  • Colwyn Bay   Colwyn Bay Public Library, 1953.
  • Colwyn Bay Through Time.    Stroud: Amberley Publishing 2009.
  • Jones, Ivor Wynne.     Colwyn Bay   [Mold] : Clwyd Library Service, 1995
  • Jones,  Ivor Wynne & Norman Tucker.     Colwyn Bay          Ashbourne : Landmark, c2001.
  • Lowe, Cindy.   Colwyn Bay accredited: the War Time experience       Wrexham : Bridge Books, 2010.
  • Mellor, George E.     Colwyn Bay Cricket Club, founded 1823     Colwyn Bay Cricket Club, 1992,
  • Owens, A.     Come on the Bay    [Colwyn Bay : Colwyn Bay Football Club, 2005]
  • Round, Michelle.    Colwyn's pier pavilion curse        Country Quest. (June 2000), p. 6-8
  • The chapels of Colwyn Bay   Capel, 51 (Gwanwyn / Spring 2008), p. 1-2
  • Williams, Ritchie.    Bethlehem Eglwys Bresbyteraidd Cymru Bae Colwyn     Bae Colwyn : Bethlehem, Bae Colwyn, 1997.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Colwyn Bay or Bae Colwyn area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

During the Victorian period, Colwyn Bay developed rapidly as a holiday resort. The first church services in the new town were held in a carpenter's shed on 18 June 1872. An iron "Mission Church" was opened on 23 June 1880, but this was destroyed in a fire on 31 October 1886.

The present parish church (SJ 850788), dedicated to St. Paul, was consecrated on 13 July 1888; the chancel being opened on 7 April 1895; and the tower on 12 November 1911.
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

The foundation stone of St. David's (SJ 850788), which was intended for the use of the Welsh-speaking congregation, was laid on Whit Monday 1902, the church being dedicated on 1 March 1903. St. David's is adjacent to St. Paul's.
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

The foundation stone of St. Andrew's (SJ 841793), to serve the westerly end of the new parish, was laid on 2 November 1908.
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

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 Colwyn chapel (in Welsh ) - with a translation by Eleri Rowlands (April 2011)

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 Civil parish of Colwyn Bay :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Not named Baptists (English language) 160
Tabernacl Baptists 223
Not named Calvinistic Methodists (English language) 245
Bethlehem Calvinistic Methodists 362
Engedi Calvinistic Methodists 640
Hermon Calvinistic Methodists 74
Mochdre Calvinistic Methodists 147
Zion, Upper Colwyn Bay Calvinistic Methodists 58
Not named Congregationalists 270
Not named Congregationalists (English language) 450
Bron y nant Wesleyans 100
Horeb Wesleyans 293
Nantyglyn Road Wesleyans (English language) 170
St.John's Wesleyans (English language) 500
Congo Institute School Chapel Christians Not stated
Friends' Meeting House Society of Friends Not stated

Church Records

Parish Registers

  • The following Parish Registers have been deposited at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin.
    They may be viewed on microfilm at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, and at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    These microfilms are not available elsewhere.
    (No separate registers have been deposited for either St. David's or St. Andrew's)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1893 - 1955 1891 - 1952 1931 - 1964

Bishop's Transcripts

  • No Bishop's Transcripts have been deposited for the parish of Colwyn Bay.


  • There are no official I.G.I. entries for Colwyn Bay.

Civil Registration

The new parish of Colwyn Bay was assigned to the Conwy Registration District.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Colwyn Bay are in the format :

  • Years 1837 - 1851: Conwy XXVII. nnn
  • Years 1851 - 1930: Conwy 11b. nnn

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

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Colwyn Bay or Bae Colwyn has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH850788 (Lat/Lon: 53.293631, -3.726850), Colwyn Bay or Bae Colwyn which are provided by:


  • In 1831- this was not a separate parish.
  • In 1901- the population was 5975.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


  • Archdeacon Thomas gives the area of the parish as 757 acres.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]