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"CORWEN, a parish and market town partly in the hundred of Edernion, in the county of Merioneth, and partly in the hundred of Isaled, in the county of Denbigh, North Wales, 10 miles N.E. of Bala, and the same distance from Llangollen. It is situated under Berwyn Mountain, on the river Dee, and includes the seaport of Barmouth, and the extra-parochial liberty of Gwern-Howell, besides 12 townships The town of Corwen, which is said to signify "white choir," is a pretty little place, containing less than 1,000 inhabitants, situated on an eminence on the S. bank of the river Dee. It is the seat of a Poor-law Union, and of County Court and registration districts." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]


Burrow, J (ed). The Borough Guide to Corwen: written by Horatio E Walker. Cheltenham, 1913

Clwyd, Hafina. Pobl sy'n Cyfri. Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Llanrwst, 2001. 358 pages. Corwen pages 61-78 refer. (This book is a must for those with families living anywhere in Edeyrnion between 1881 and 1891.  There is a chapter for each parish in Edeyrnion plus a few more nearer to Ruthin - records many old families from the area between 1881 and 1891)

Cofio Corwen : remember the old days 1900-1994 [casglwyd gan] Glyn Owen. Llanrwst : Carreg Gwalch, 2000. 100p

Corwen and District Official Guide. Published under the auspices of Edeyrnion Rural District Council ; a United Services Handbook Production. 1954. 56 p

Corwen Town Trail: Published by Clwyd County Planning Department 1974.  29 pages.   Republished by Denbighshire County Council 1997 with minor changes to text and illustrations

Discover Corwen's Countryside:  Published in 2004 by the Countryside Service of Denbighshire County Council. 10 pages

Dutton, R J A. Walk a roman road : Vale of Corwen. Caergwrle : R.J.A.Dutton, 1996. 14p

Exploring Corwen: Published in 2005 by Denbighshire County Council Tourism Department.  A conveniently folded A2 sheet

From Rhyl to Corwen by rail.   Railway Magazine.  Feb/March 1957, pages 75-80, 193-196, 198

Gardener, Willoughby. The Mound at Rug near Corwen. Journal of the Merionethshire Historical Society 1961 pages 3-6

Official guide to Corwen & the Vale of Edeyrnion. Published by the Edeyrnion Rural District Council. Printed by A J Chapple (Bala Press) Bala 1962. 56 pages

Ray, Robert & Margaret. A welcome in the Welsh hillside: Corwen, a profile of village life. Amateur Photographer 155/5, pages 52-57

Roberts, Gomer. Atgofion Amaethwr. 1929. sub title/paragraph "Marchnad Corwen" pages 22-28, sub title/paragraph "Ffeiriau Corwen" pages 28-31 published in the Journal of the Merionethshire Historical and Record Society 1952 (Extra Publication Series 1 Number 2) Total Number of pages 1-75  published in the Welsh Language. (This publication contains a wealth of names, place and farm names, traditions and the beginning of local agricultural societies.)

Roberts, Henry. Illustrated guide to Corwen and neighbourhood : where to go, what to see, how to see it. Corwen : Corwen Print. Co., 1902. 39p

Webb, Valmai. The story of Corwen Church and churchyard. Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd 19 (1987), p. 14-24

Williams, Dennis W. Corwen and the Vale of Edeyrnion : a brief history of Edeyrnion and a guide to walks in the area.Corwen : The Printed Paper Company, 1992. 60p

Williams, Dennis W. Rails to Corwen a story of the building of the railway in the Vale of Edeyrnion. Corwen : Dennis W.Williams, 2001. 168p


Church History

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 11, North Wales. Ed. by Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, UWP,   1981. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Parish statistics; Area 12646 acres; Population 1029 males, 1040 females, total 2069

People's Collection Wales - Rug Chapel, near Corwen

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru   (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Corwen section (in Welsh) has been extracted  - with translation by Maureen Saycell (Jan 2011)      Also Glyndyfrdwy chapel    - with translation by Maureen Saycell (March 2011)      Also Tre'rddfol chapel   - with translation by Maureen Saycell (March 2011)

Church Records

Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at Merioneth Record Office.

Description and Travel

Corwen - on Wikipedia



Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


Llangollen and Corwen Railway site Owain Glyndwr National Monument Papers - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Papers relating to a proposed National Monument to Owain Glyndwr at Corwen 1894-1894 ......."

Land and Property

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


Gwynedd Family History Society  have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Merionethshire (under Publications)  - with some links to photographs of parish churches

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Corwen Workhouse - on Peter Higginbotham's site

Corwen Poor Law Union, rate book 1926   - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following :


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