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"One of the principal divisions of the parish of Llangollen, Nant Heudwy division of the hundred of Chirk, county of Denbigh; 2 miles (W) from Llangollen, containing 868 inhabitants. It forms the upper part of this picturesque parish, where the mountains are high and bold, while the river Dee winds at their feet in such an irregular course, as to make the landscape assume a fresh appearance of pleasing and diversified beauty at every turn."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The new parish of Pontfadog was formed on 15 April 1848, from the ancient parish of Llangollen. It comprised the whole of Glyn Traean - i.e. the townships of Cilcochwyn, Crogeniddon, Crogenwladus, Erwallo, Hafodgynfor, Nantygwryd, Pennant and Talygarth; and the township of Cysylltau from Llangollen Traean.
Cysylltau returned to Llangollen in 1870.


  • Anderson, Sarah  Kirsty Williams.      Pontfadog School, 1908-2008     Wrexham : Bridge Books on behalf of the authors, 2008.
  • 5 walks from Pontfadog : [compiled by The Chirk and Ceiriog Valley Partnership ; text: Goff Oldaker]         Chirk : Chirk and Ceiriog Valley Partnership, [200-?]

Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 232379.
The church of St. John the Baptist was consecrated on Thursday, 7th October 1847.
"The consecration of the new church and churchyard, at this interesting spot, on the banks of the river Ceiriog, took place on Thursday, the 7th inst., in the presence of a numerous assemblage of clergy and inhabitants of the surrounding districts .....
Although Tuesday and Wednesday had been exceedingly wet, and promised anything but auspicious weather for the holy solemnity, still, nevertheless, on Thursday Phoebus flung aside his cloudy veil and emitted from his cheerful disc the most gladdening rays of gratulation on the interesting occasion .....
The churchyard was afterwards consecrated; at the conclusion of which ceremony the Vicar entertained a lunch, in the Viscount Dungannon's capacious tent, which was pitched in an adjoining field .....
The church, which is much admired, was built by Mr Vaughan, of Oswestry, after a design by Mr W. Ward."
[From Chester Chronicle, 15 October 1847]

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 Pontfadog :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Ainon, Dolywern Baptists 132
Herber Baptists 44
Tabernacle, Pontfadog BS (sic) 50
Bronygarth Calvinistic Methodists 22
Gosen, Llwyn Mawr Calvinistic Methodists 139
Seion, Pontfadog Wesleyans 43

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, and at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    These microfilms are not available elsewhere.
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1847 - 1951 1848 - 1970 None

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
1847 - 1852 1847 - 1852


  • There are no official I.G.I. entries for St. John's, Pontfadog.

Civil Registration

Having been formed from townships of the parish of Llangollen, the parish of Pontfadog 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 Pontfadog 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 Pontfadog which are provided by:

Pontfadog - on wikipedia

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Pontfadog 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 SJ234381 (Lat/Lon: 52.934794, -3.141153), Pontfadog which are provided by:


  • In 1831- this was not a separate parish.
  • In 1901- the population was 888.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


  • Archdeacon Thomas gives the area of the parish as 6675 acres.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]