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Ysbyty Ifan

"A parish, composed of the townships of Tir-Evan and Trebrys, in the hundred of Isaled, county of Denbigh, and the township of Eidda, which is partly in the above-named hundred and county, and partly in the hundred of Nant Conway, county of Carnarvon; 3 miles (SW) from Pentrevoelas, and containing 847 inhabitants. This parish, which is intersected by the river Conway, a few miles below its source, derives its name from a preceptory belonging to the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, founded by Ivan ab Rhys, about the year 1189, which continued to flourish with the suppression of that order, affording a sanctuary to travellers and others during the period of the conflicts between the English and the Welsh: this privilege continuing with the lords of the manor, after the abolition, and the place being exempted from all civil jurisdiction, rendered it an asylum for robbers and other malefactors, who became the pest of the surrounding country until the reign of Henry VII, when they were extirpated by the courage and firmness of Meredydd ab Ievan: the site of the hospital, or preceptory, is now occupied by the parish church, and there is not a single vestige of the buildings."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The parish consists of the township of Tir Eidda (in Caernarfonshire); Tir Ifan, Trebrys and Prys Ucha (in Denbighshire); and Gwernihowell (in Merionethshire) which was transferred from the parish of Corwen (in Merionethshire) during the late nineteenth century.



Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SH 843489.
There has been a church on the same site since the 12th Century, and perhaps earlier. The church was partly rebuilt in 1790/1791. It was taken down in 1858, and the present church was opened in 1861.

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 Civiladministrative district of Tir Ifan :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Seion Calvinistic Methodists 320
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1732 - 1855 1732 - 1968 1732 - 1958
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1662 - 1812 1662 - 1812 1662 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1677 - 1851 1677 - 1851


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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Ysbyty Ifan was assigned to the No. 3 ("Yspytty") 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 Ysbyty Ifan are in the format :

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

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Description and Travel

Ysbyty Ifan - on wikipedia

Ysbyty Ifan photographs - on


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