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"A parish in the Union, partly within the limits of the borough, and partly in the hundred of Ruthin, county of Denbigh, 1 miles (E) from Ruthin. The village is pleasantly situated in a fertile vale near the Clwydian mountains, and the neighbourhood abounds with pleasing and finely varied scenery."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The parish comprises the two townships of Llanrhydd Ucha and Llanrhydd Isaf.


Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 140577.
Historically, the church at Llanrhydd, which is dedicated to St. Meugan, was the mother church of Ruthin, although it lies some distance outside the present town of Ruthin. It is believed to date from the sixth century, and was mentioned in the Norwich Taxation of 1254. The church was repaired in 1626, and restored in 1852.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

St Meugan - on the Medieval Wales site

Nonconformist Churches Nonconformist places of worship for Llanrhydd were included in the "Welsh Church Commission - County of Denbigh - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905"under the Civiladministrative district of Ruthin Borough. Details will be found on the parish page for Ruthin.

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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1608 - 1954 1610 - 1970 1610 - 1991
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1608 - 1812 1610 - 1812 1610 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1676 - 1861 1813 - 1861


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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Llanrhydd was assigned to the No. 2 ("Ruthin") 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 Llanrhydd are in the format :

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

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Description and Travel

Llanrhydd - on Vision of Britain


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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