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"A parish in the Union and hundred of Ruthin, county of Denbigh, 5 miles (E) from Denbigh, containing 264 inhabitants. ..... The surrounding scenery is beautifully picturesque, and the views from the higher grounds over the fertile and extensive Vale of Clwyd are rich and magnificent. The surface is finely undulated, and the lands, with the exception of the mountainous part of the parish, are enclosed and in a good state of cultivation."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The parish of Llangwyfan is quite small, and is almost entirely surrounded by the parish of Llandyrnog.
It contains the townships of Cefnygwrdy, Gales, Llan, and Coediog (or Ceidio, or Ceidiog).



Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 120663.
The church, which is dedicated to St. Cwyfan, was mentioned in the Norwich Taxation of 1254.

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 place of worship in the Civilparish of Llangwyfan :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Ebenezer, Fforddlas Congregationalists 83
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1723 - 1991 1729 - 1968 1728 - 1992
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1676 - 1812 1683 - 1837 1676 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1676 - 1856 1757 - 1856


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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Llangwyfan was assigned to the No. 6 ("Llandyrnog") 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 Llangwyfan are in the format :

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

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Description and Travel

Llangwyfan - on wicipedia


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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