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Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog

"A parish in the Union of Corwen, hundred of Chirk, county of Denbigh; 3 miles (SSW) from Llangollen, containing 543 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the river Ceiriog; the village occupies a low and very retired situation, entirely encompassed by lofty mountains. It contains slate of excellent quality and in abundance, in procuring which some extensive quarries are now being worked with much profit to the proprietors. ..... The manufacture of flannel is carried on to a considerable extent; and on the stream of the Ceiriog are two fulling mills, to which extensive bleaching-grounds are attached."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The parish was at one time a Chapelry of Llangollen. It comprises the townships of Llafar Ucha, Llafar Isa, Nantir Ucha and Nantir Isa.


  • Glyn Ceiriog to Pandy.  Wrecsam : Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Wrecsam, [2003?]
  • Jones, Robert Owen.   The Glyn Quarries Limited, Glyn Ceiriog, Denbighshire      Hel achau, No. 66 (Nov. 2000), p. 20-22
  • Milner, John.     Slates from Glyn Ceiriog            Chester : Ceiriog, 2007.

Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 205385.
The church, which is dedicated to St. Ffraid (St. Bridget), was rebuilt about 1790. It was restored in 1839 and 1887.

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 Civilparish of Llansanffraid Glyn Ceiriog :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Capel Pandy, Glyn Baptists 114
Capel Nantyr Baptists 43
Salem, Glyn Baptists 60
Seion, Glyn Baptists 476
Saron, Nantyr Calvinistic Methodists 50
Soar, Glyn Calvinistic Methodists 192
Bethel, Glyn Wesleyans 63

Church Records

Parish Registers

  • The following Parish Registers have been deposited at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin.
    They may be viewed on microfilm at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, at the A.N. Palmer Library, Wrexham, and at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    These microfilms are not available elsewhere.
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1768 - 1898 1754 - 1970 1768 - 1891
  • Clwyd FHS has published full transcriptions of the registers (complete with indexes) for the following years :
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1768 - 1814 1754 - 1814 1768 - 1814

Bishop's Transcripts

  • Bishop's Transcripts for the years shown below have been deposited in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    Around the year 1951, most of the Bishop's Transcripts which had been deposited at that time were microfilmed by the LDS; and the films are available on request at Family History Centres of the LDS.
    The films may also be viewed at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, and at the National Library of Wales.
    In general, the Bishop's Transcripts are less complete than the parish registers.
Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1662 - 1851 1662 - 1847


  • There are no official I.G.I. entries for St. Ffraid's, Llansanffraid Glyn Ceiriog.

Civil Registration

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

  • Years 1837 - 1851: Corwen XXVII. nnn
  • Years 1851 - 1930: Corwen 11b. nnn

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog which are provided by:

Llansanffraid Glyn Ceiriog - on wikipedia

The Chirk and Ceiriog Valley Partnership

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ205383 (Lat/Lon: 52.936170, -3.184340), Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog which are provided by:
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


  • In 1831- the population was 543.
  • In 1901- the population was 994.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


  • Archdeacon Thomas gives the area of the parish as 5125 acres.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]