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"A market town, the head of a Union, and a parish ..... chiefly in the Uchdulas division of the hundred of Isdulas, county of Denbigh; 20 miles (W by S) from Denbigh, 26 (W by N) from Ruthin, and 217 (NW by W) from London; containing 3601 inhabitants. ..... The town is pleasantly situated on the eastern bank of the river Conway, four miles to the north of the road to Holyhead, and in the spacious and beautiful vale of Llanrwst, environed by majestic and well-wooded hills. ..... The parish is upwards of forty miles in circumference."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish of Llanrwst was of great extent. It comprised the township of Gwydir, in Caernarfonshire (the area of which was 7694 acres); and a number of townships in Denbighshire, with an area of 15,298 acres. These townships were Cilcennis, Tre'r Dre Isaf, Tre'r Dre Uchaf, Garthgyfannedd, Mathebrwd, Tybrith Isaf, Tybrith Uchaf, and Garth Garmon, in Denbighshire.
In 1866, a portion of the township of Gwydir was transferred by an Order in Council to the parish of Capel Curig, in Caernarfonshire.
Tybrith Ucha and Garth Garmon had for many years operated, unofficially, as the parish of Capel Garmon; and this was made official in 1927.



Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Seion, Llanwrst

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 Civilparish of "Llanrwst Urban" :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Penuel Baptists 110
Scotland Street Calvinistic Methodists 425
Seion Calvinistic Methodists 750
Ebenezer Congregationalists 50
Tabernacl Congregationalists 230
Horeb Wesleyans 277
Not named Wesleyans (English language) 50
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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 "Llanrwst Rural" :
Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Bethel Calvinistic Methodists 170
Seion, Capel Garmon Calvinistic Methodists 150
Carmel Calvinistic Methodists 138
Nantyrhiw Congregationalists 161
Siloam, Capel Garmon Congregationalists 150
Bethania, Capel Garmon Wesleyans 60
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Church Records

Details of the records are given under the entries for the individual Churches (see Church History).
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Civil Registration

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

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

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Description and Travel

Llanrwst - on wikipedia

Llanrwst - aerial view in 1994 on the People's Collection Wales site

Llanrwst photographs - on

Llanrwst - tourist site


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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