"A parish in the Union of Llanrwst, chiefly in the hundred of Isdulas, county of Denbigh, but comprising also the township of Maenan in the hundred of Llechwedd Isaf, county of Carnarvon. ..... Its length from north to south is seven miles, and its breadth, in a transverse direction, four: the surface is very hilly, which circumstance causes a great variety of soil, some being extremely barren, and some, on the contrary, tolerably fertile, yielding good crops of corn. The village is situated in a pleasing and fertile vale watered by the river Conway, and the vicinity abounds with agreeable and richly varied scenery."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]
The parish of Eglwysbach comprises the townships of Maenan (in Caernarfonshire); and Esgair Ebrill, Pennant, Cefn y Coed and Bodnod, in Denbighshire.
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 Eglwysbach :
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Number of "adherents"|
|1601 - 1872||1601 - 1837||1601 - 1929|
|1601 - 1812||1601 - 1812||1601 - 1812|
|Deposited at the National Library of Wales||Microfilmed copies|
|1666 - 1850||1670 - 1850|
In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Eglwysbach are in the format :
(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)
Eglwysbach - on wikipedia
Eglwysbach photographs - on geograph.org.uk
Eglwys Bach - on Vision of Britain
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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