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DOLGELLAU

"DOLGELLAU, (or Dolgelly) a parish, market town, locally situated in the hundred of Talybout, in the county of Merioneth, North Wales. It is the county town of Merionethshire, in conjunction with Bala. 16 miles from Machynlleth, the terminus of the Newtown and Machynlleth railway, from whence access is by coach. A railway is now in course of construction. Dolgelly is situated in a beautiful valley, as its name implies, "the Dale of the Hazel Groves," between the rivers Arran and Wnion, under Cader-Idris, the summit of which is about 6 miles distant. The parish contains Brithdir, Isaf and Uwchaf, Cefnyr-Owen, Dolgledr, Dyffrydan, and Garthgynfawr, North and South, in all, eight townships." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]

Bibliography

Alwyn Humphreys' Dolgellau  site   - this specialised Dolgellau site contains a collection of Books, Articles, Essays and Pictures of the Town

Alwyn ap Huw. Senedd-dy Dolgellau. Llafar Gwlad. No. 70 (2000), p. 9

Brown, Roger L. A matter of principle : the great row of Dolgellau church, 1933-34. Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society 11 (1993), p. 459-69

Brown, Roger L. From riches to rags : the parish of Dolgellau in the nineteenth century. Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society 12 (1995), p. 146-54

Cylchgrawn y plwyf Dolgellau = parish magazine : plwyf rheithorol Dolgellau, Llanfachreth, Bryncoedifor, Brithdir a Llanelltyd. Oct 1994 - monthly

Ellis, T P. The story of two parishes Dolgelly & Llanelltyd. Newtown : The Welsh Outlook Press, 1928. 170p

Evans, Evan D. The Rev. George Lewis, Rector of Dolgellau, 1715-23. Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society 11/1 (1990), p. 19-35

Evans, W Gareth. 'An oasis in the wilderness' : the establishment of Dr Williams' School, Dolgellau. Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society 12 (1995), p. 155-76

Griffiths, Rhidian. John Hughes (1896-1968), Dolgellau : trem ar ei fywyd a'i waith. Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes a Chofnodion Sir Feirionnydd 12 (1996), p. 289-94

Hartley, E Mary. 'Baron' Lewis Owen of Dolgellau and his descendants. Second stages in researching Welsh ancestry, p. 328-340

Hen luniau Dolgellau. Caernarfon : Cyngor Gwlad Gwynedd, 1991.  40p

James, Robert T. Dolgellau yn hanesyddol : gydag amryw ddarluniau. Dolgellau : Argraffwyd gan W. Hughes a'i Fab, 1907. 100p

Jones, John. Hanes Dolgellau a'r cymydogaethau : ynghyda hynafiaethau gorllewin Meirionydd. Treffynnon [Holywell] : P. M. Evans, argraffydd, 1872. 132p

Main, Laurence. Welsh walks : Dolgellau and the Cambrian coast.Wilmslow : Sigma Leisure, 1992. 80p

Newsletter, Dr Williams' School Dolgellau, Old Girls' Association. Dolgellau : Dr. Williams School, 1897-1987. Annual

Parry, Edward. Cofiant y Parch. Henry Morgan, Dolgellau. Bleanau Ffestiniog : Argraffwyd gan Jones a Roberts, [1885?]. 94p

Roberts, Gordon. Dolgellau marriages, 1754-1812. Gwreiddiau Gwynedd/Gwynedd Roots 26 (1994), p. 19-21

Roberts, Merfyn H. The chapels of Dolgellau. Capel 15 (1991/92), p. [1-6]

Slyfield, Donald W. Dolgellau and its electricity supply, 1935. Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society 12 (1995), p. 197-200

Business and Commerce Records

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

Census

Alwyn Humphreys' Dolgellau  site - various census transcriptions, BTs, trade directories, book extracts and much more

1871 census of Dolgellau  A transcription and street index by Alwyn Humphreys

1891 census of Dolgellau  A transcription and street index by Alwyn Humphreys

1901 census of Dolgellau  A transcription, street index and surname index by Alwyn Humphreys

Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Dolgellau Ebenezer Chapel

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 & Borough statistics; Area 72147 acres; Population 3625 males, 4293 females, total 7918

Salem Chapel (Presb.), Dolgellau

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for Dolgellau chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Eleri Rowlands               Also Brithdir chapel - with translation by Maureen Saycell (June 2011)        And Islaw'rdref  - with translation by Maureen Saycell (June 2011)        And Tabor  - with translation by Maureen Saycell (June 2011)  

Correspondence between Judah and Salem Chapels, Dolgellau 1903 March 7 - 1903 April 13  - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales   "A bundle of correspondence and transcripts of deeds from 1800, 1802 and 1843 relating to the debate between two Dolgellau chapels, Judah and Salem, regarding the Baptist Chapel cemetery wall and land, 1903."

Church Records

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

Bishop's Transcripts for 1813-1819. Contributed by Alwyn Humphreys

Capel Salem, Dolgellau, cofnodion (records) 1811-1960   - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales Capel Soar, Llanelltyd, Merionethshire, records 1860-1976, including financial records, annual reports and Sunday School records; items relating to the Dolgellauarea, 1862-1979 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales

Capel Ebenezer, Dolgellau - see under Genealogy Eglwys Penmaen, Dolgellau, cofysgrifau (records) 1953-1967 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales

Description and Travel

Ian King's Dolgellau site - history, photographs, and more

Dolgellau - on Wikipedia

Dolgellau - on the Anglesey.info site

Directories

The Universal British Directory 1791.  Contributed by Alwyn Humphreys

Pigot's National Commercial Directory 1835  Contributed by Alwyn Humphreys

Gazetteers

Genealogy

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

History

Dolgellau War Memorial - on the Roll-of-honour site

Dolgellau History - on Alwyn's site

Dolgellau Fair, 1956 - on the People's Collection Wales site

Dolgellau Folk Festival, 1952 - on the People's Collection Wales site Dolgellau Railway Station Records and Correspondence  1864-1964 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales   " ........... opened on 4th August 1868. Prior to the absorption of the Cambrian Railway, Dolgelley was the last station on the Great Western line............ The Railway ran through Dolgelley from 1868 to 1964."

Land and Property

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

Maps

View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries

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

Map of Dolgelley and environs in 1910 on the Baedeker's Old Guide Books site

Newspapers

Cambrian News

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Dolgelley Workhouse - on Peter Higginbotham's site

Public Records

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

Schools

Dr Williams School, Dolgellau, Records 1875-1975 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales  
"Dr Williams' School for Girls was established in Dolgellau, in 1875. It was named after Dr Daniel Williams of Wrexham ......"

Dolgellau School Orchestra Papers 1922-1925 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales  

Social Life and Customs

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

 


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