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"A parish in the Union of St. Asaph, higher division of the hundred of Isaled, county of Denbigh; 8 miles (W) from Denbigh, containing 1383 inhabitants. ..... The village is pleasantly situated at the head of the river Aled, which rises in Llyn Aled at no great distance, and in its course through the vale forms some interesting and picturesque cascades. The parish comprises a very considerable tract of arable and pasture land, of which by far the greater portion is enclosed; the soil, though various, is tolerably fertile. The surrounding scenery is almost totally devoid of natural beauty, and the country adjacent presents little more than an uninviting prospect of dreary wastes and mountains beyond."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish of Llansannan comprised the townships of Treflach, Mostyn and Hendreunig, Llansannan, Rhydeidon, Beidiog, Penaled (or Pennant Aled), Llysaled, Archwedlog, Chwibren, Hescin, Deunant, Arllwyd, and Grugor; with a total area of 18,473 acres.
However, by an Order in Council on July 21st, 1855, the new parish of Bylchau was created; and the township of Grugor, with portions of Archwedlog and Deunant (a total area of 2873 acres) were transferred from Llansannan to Bylchau.



Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SH 934658.
The church was founded by St. Sannan, an Irish saint and bishop; and was mentioned in the Norwich Taxation of 1254. It was partly rebuilt in 1778. It was restored in 1878/1879, being re-opened on 12 June 1879.

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 Llansannan :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Bethania Baptists 95
Brynyrorsedd Calvinistic Methodists 326
Horeb Calvinistic Methodists 130
Penycefn Calvinistic Methodists 64
Tanyfron Calvinistic Methodists 168
Hiraethog Congregationalists 59
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1727 - 1888 1727 - 1967 1727 - 1888
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1666 - 1812 1667 - 1812 1666 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1666 - 1832 1667 - 1832


Baptisms Marriages
1666 - 1812
1818 - 1832
1818 - 1832
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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Llansannan was assigned to the No. 3 ("Denbigh") sub-district of the St. Asaph Registration District; which was co-extensive with the St. Asaph poor law Union.

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

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

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Description and Travel

Llansannan - on wikipedia

Llansannan 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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