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"A market town and parish, in the Union of Corwen, in the Nant Heudwy division of the hundred of Chirk, county of Denbigh, 21½ miles (SE by S) from Denbigh, 13½ (SE by S) from Ruthin, and 183 (NW) from London; comprising the two principal divisions of Glyn Traian and Llangollen Traian with Trevor Traian, each supporting its own poor by a separate assessment, and containing 4498 inhabitants. ..... The parish is very extensive, and the Vale of Llangollen is deservedly celebrated as containing, in proportion to its extent, a greater variety of interesting objects, and a more beautiful and striking combination of the milder and nobler features of pleasing and majestic scenery, than probably any other in the Principality."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish of Llangollen was divided into three parts : Llangollen Traean, Trefor Traean, and Glyn Traean.
Llangollen Traean contained the townships of Bachau, Cysylltau, Llangollen Abad, Llangollen Fawr, Llangollen Fechan, Feifod, Pengwern and Rhisgog.
Trefor Traean contained the townships of Cilmediw, Dinbren, Eglwysegl, Trefor Isaf and Trefor Uchaf.
Glyn Traean contained the townships of Cilcochwyn, Crogeniddon, Crogenwladus, Erwallo, Hafodgynfor, Nantygwryd, Pennant and Talygarth.
On 15 April 1848, the whole of Glyn Traean, together with the township of Cysylltau from Llangollen Traean, went to form the new parish of Pontfadog.
Cysylltau returned to Llangollen in 1870.



Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of ;

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 217419.
The church, which is dedicated to St. Collen, probably dates from the sixth or seventh centuries. A new building was erected in the thirteenth century; and again, probably in the early sixteenth century, following a fire. The tower was built circa 1750. The church was restored and extended between 1876 and 1883.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

There are two district churches - at Froncysyllte and Trevor.

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 "Llangollen Urban" :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Castle Street Baptists 500
Dr. Prichard Memorial Baptists (English language) 105
Penllyn Calvinistic Methodists 300
Rehoboth Calvinistic Methodists 450
Glan'rafon Congregationalists 170
Zion Wesleyans 250
Not named Wesleyans (English language) 117
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"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 "Llangollen Rural" :
Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Carmel, Froncysyllte Baptists 420
Noddfa, Garth Baptists 227
Broncyssyllte (sic) Calvinistic Methodists 220
Brynhyfryd, Garth Calvinistic Methodists 236
Brynseion, Pontcysyllte Calvinistic Methodists 195
Eirianallt, Berwyn Calvinistic Methodists 52
Trefor Calvinistic Methodists (English language) 80
Seion, Froncysyllte Congregationalists 247
Soar, Trefor Congregationalists 81
Mount Zion, Fron Primitive Methodists (English language) 186
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1623 - 1964 1587 - 1986 1597 - 1971
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1670 - 1812 1670 - 1754 1670 - 1791

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1662 - 1835 1662 - 1835
Deposited at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin Microfilmed copies
1836 - 1846 None


Baptisms Marriages
1813 - 1852 1813 - 1835
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Civil Registration

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

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

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

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Description and Travel

Llangollen - tourist site

Llangollen - tourist site

Llangollen - on wikipedia

Llangollen Museum

Llangollen photographs - on


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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