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Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd

"A parish in the Union and hundred of Ruthin, county of Denbigh, 2 miles (S) from Ruthin, on the road to Wrexham and Llangollen; containing 1254 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the banks of the river Clwyd, at the upper extremity of the spacious vale to which that stream gives its name; and abounds with interesting and beautifully varied scenery. ..... The substratum of the parish is limestone, of which great quantities are procured for building, and also for burning into lime: the quarries and limekilns afford employment to a considerable portion of the population."
[A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish of Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd comprised the townships of Eyarth, Garthgynan, Derwen-Llanerch, and Faenol.


Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Llanfair St Cynfarch and St Mary Church

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 134555.
The church, which was mentioned in the Norwich Taxation of 1254, was founded by St. Cynfarch, and is dedicated to that Saint and St. Mary. It was restored in 1872, being re-opened on 8 August 1872.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Church of St Cynfarch and St Mary - 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 Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Seion Baptists 46
Cricor Calvinistic Methodists 76
Graig Adwy Wynt Calvinistic Methodists 81
Pentrecelyn Calvinistic Methodists 158
Salem Calvinistic Methodists 74
Graigfechan Congregationalists 68
Graigfechan Wesleyans 100
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1680 - 1979 1691 - 1971 1680 - 1962

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1680 - 1812 1691 - 1812 1680 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1683 - 1864 1813 - 1864


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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd 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 Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd are in the format :

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

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Description and Travel

Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd - on wikipedia

Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd - on Vision of Britain


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


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