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"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.



Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SH 803705.
The church, which is dedicated to St. Martin, was mentioned in the Norwich Taxation of 1254. It was rebuilt in 1782, and restored in 1882.

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"
Bryn Seion Baptists 119
Bethania Calvinistic Methodists 160
Bryndaionyn Calvinistic Methodists 89
Gosen Calvinistic Methodists 54
Pwllterfyn Calvinistic Methodists 25
Ebenezer Wesleyans 150
Nebo Wesleyans 76
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1601 - 1872 1601 - 1837 1601 - 1929
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1601 - 1812 1601 - 1812 1601 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1666 - 1850 1670 - 1850


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Civil Registration

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

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)

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Description and Travel

Eglwysbach - on wikipedia

Eglwysbach photographs - on

Eglwys Bach - on Vision of Britain


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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