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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.

For a map link to Pontfadog village - see Maps under Llangollen


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
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1847 - 1951 1848 - 1970 None

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1847 - 1852 1847 - 1852


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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 :

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

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Description and Travel

Pontfadog - on wikipedia

Pontfadog photographs - on


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