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"A parish in the Union and hundred of Ruthin, county of Denbigh, 5 miles (S) from Ruthin, on the road to Corwen, containing 962 inhabitants. It is situated in the upper part of the Vale of Clwyd, where the mountains assume a bolder and more rugged character than in the lower section of that valley. The parishes of Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd and Clocaenog bound it on the north, Derwen parish on the west, and Bryneglwys on the south. The scenery from the heights is very fine, the Clwydian hills being in the distance on the one side, and those of Merionethshire on the other, with some intervening plantations, principally of oak. There are some quarries of limestone. The river Clwyd, whose source is about three miles distant, separates the parish from Clocaenog; and there are several other streams, celebrated for trout of very superior flavour."
[A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish of Llanelidan comprised the townships of Nantclwyd, Llan, Bryncyme, Bodlywydd, and Garthneuoedd.


Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of ;

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 110505.
The church, which is dedicated to St. Elidan, was mentioned in the Norwich Taxation of 1254. It was restored in 1859, and again in 1890.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Church of St Elidan - 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 Llanelidan :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Carmel Baptists 131
Brynybanadl Calvinistic Methodists 212
Zion Wesleyans 120
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1686 - 1995 1697 - 1970 1695 - 1862

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1686 - 1812 1696 - 1812 1695 - 1811

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1676 - 1871 1813 - 1871


Baptisms Marriages
1813 - 1836 (98% extraction) 1813 - 1836

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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Llanelidan was assigned to the No. 3 ("Llanelidan") sub-district of the Ruthin Registration District; which was co-extensive with the Ruthin poor law Union.

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

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

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Description and Travel

Llanelidan - on wikipedia

Llanelidan photographs - on

Llanelidan - on Vision of Britain

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


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