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"A parish in the Union of Llanrwst, partly in the hundred of Isaled, and partly in that of Isdulas, county of Denbigh, 8 miles (W by N) from Denbigh, containing 1036 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the banks of the river Elwy, and comprises a large portion of one of the most rugged and mountainous parts of the county. ..... Several attempts to procure lead and copper-ore have been made, but the quantity found has been considered insufficient to afford an adequate remuneration to the adventurers."
[A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish of Llangernyw originally comprised the nine townships of Bodrach, Nannerth, Pantymanus, Pentrewern, Rhanhir, Hafodunos, Dwyafon, Branar, Marchaled and Bodgynwch, with a total area of 7200 acres. In 1867, the first three, and parts of the next three, with an area of 3100 acres, went to create the new parish of Llanddewi.



Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of St Digian Llangernyw

Ordnance Survey reference SH 875674.
The church, which is dedicated to St. Digain, is believed to date from the thirteenth century. Considerable restoration work took place in 1849, and again in 1881.

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 Civil parish of Llangernyw :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Bethebara Baptists 70
Bodgynwch Baptists 50
Cefn Coch Calvinistic Methodists 100
Not named Calvinistic Methodists 130
Pandy Tudur Calvinistic Methodists 246
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1570 - 1896 1570 - 1897 1570 - 1897

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1569 - 1812 1570 - 1812 1570 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1667 - 1842 1672 - 1842


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Civil Registration

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

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

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Description and Travel

Llangernyw Yew - on wikipedia


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


Social Life and Customs

Nash, Roy.  Family and Economic Structure in C19th Wales : Llangernyw and Gwytherin in 1871   (NLW's site)  Welsh History Review 11
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