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Llanelian yn Rhos

"A parish in the Union of Conway, Uchdulas division of the hundred of Isdulas, county of Denbigh; 6 miles (W by S) from Abergele, containing 604 inhabitants. It is situated in the midst of a very mountainous district, and agriculture affords the principal employment."
[A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish had four townships - Bodlennyn (otherwise known as Tre'r Llan), Llaethfaen, Teyrdan, and Twynnan (otherwise known as Dolwen).



Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SH 864764.
The church is believed to have been founded in the sixth century by St. Elian. It was restored in 1859 and 1903.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

St Elian Church - on CPAT

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 Llanelian yn Rhos :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Ebenezer Baptists 142
Nant Calvinistic Methodists 63
Dawn Wesleyans 62
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Church Records

Parish Registers

1589 - 1987 1589 - 1981 1589 - 1992

1589 - 1812 1591 - 1812 1589 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1666 - 1840 1672 - 1840


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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Llanelian yn Rhos was assigned to the No. 2 ("Creuddyn") sub-district of the Conwy Registration District; which was co-extensive with the Conwy poor law Union.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Llanelian yn Rhos are in the format :

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

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Description and Travel

Llanelian yn Rhos - on


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