"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.
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"|
|1732 - 1855||1732 - 1968||1732 - 1958|
|1662 - 1812||1662 - 1812||1662 - 1812|
|Deposited at the National Library of Wales||Microfilmed copies|
|1677 - 1851||1677 - 1851|
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)
Ysbyty Ifan - on wikipedia
Ysbyty Ifan photographs - on geograph.org.uk
Last Updated 15 April 2015 - Gareth Hicks
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