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"LLANABER, a parish in the hundred of Ardudwy, county Merioneth, 1 mile N. of Barmouth, its post town, and 8 miles E. of Dolgelly. It is situated at the mouth of the river Man, overlooking Cardigan Bay. The parish includes the town of Barmouth, and the hamlets of Isymynydd and Uchmynydd. It is extensive and for the most part hilly, abounding in copper and lead. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bangor, value with the curacy of Barmouth annexed, 213. The church, dedicated to St. Bodvan, is a structure of the 13th century, in the mixed Norman and early English style of architecture. It had so far gone to ruins that service could not be performed in it, but is now restored from designs by Mr. Boyce. It contains an ancient font, and a curious old chest for the reception of the public offerings. The charities amount to about 5 per annum. A friary, called Egyrn, is now occupied as a farm." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]


A guide to Barmouth and Harlech : with a description of the neighbourhood and excursions to the numerous lakes and other objects of interest and attraction. Manchester [etc.] : Abel Heywood & Son [etc.], [1902]

A Map and Survey of Allotments in the Parish of Llanaber in the Township of Uwch Mynydd . Map and terrier of enclosure awards for Llanaber, with drainage, woodland, tracks & roads, owners/tenants, parish boundaries, mineralisation (copper/manganese) and fields numbered to terrier where proprietors and acreages are noted. 1836

Allelly, Patrick. William Jones of Barmouth : was he just a fisherman? Country Quest (March 1995), p. 28-9

Atkinson, Blanche. Ruskin's social experiment at Barmouth. London : James Clarke, [1900?] 54p

Beecham's photo-folio of Barmouth and Merionethshire. St.Helens : Thomas Beecham, [ca.1897?] 24p

Bowen, Alwyin. Around Barmouth. London : Saint Catherine Press, 1947.

Foulkes, Meurig. The Parish Church of Llanaber : a short illustrated guide. [Llanaber] : [Parish Church of Llanaber], [197-?] 6p

Jones, E Rosalie. A history of Barmouth and its vicinity. Barmouth : John Evans & Nephew, 1909. 236p

Kelly, Richard S. A decorated lead spindle wheel from Egryn, Llanaber. Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society 10 (1986), p. 175-6

Lloyd, Lewis. From Merioneth to Medicine Hat, Alberta : [emigration from Barmouth]. Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society 11 (1993), p. 478-82

Lloyd, Lewis. A Merioneth family of printers in Wales and the U.S.A. Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society 12 (1997), p. 384-9. [Jones family of Tyddyn Du, Llanaber]

Lloyd, Lewis. Early-nineteenth-century ships and shareholders of the Barmouth river : Part 1. Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society 11 (1991/92), p. 207-29, 284-302.
And Part 2; Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society 11 (1992), p. 284-302

Lloyd, Lewis. The Titanic's gallant Welsh officer, 1912 : Harold G. Lowe of Penrallt, Barmouth. Maritime Wales = Cymru a'r Mr 15 (1992), p. 109-22

Lloyd, Lewis. Wherever freights may offer : the maritime community of Abermaw/Barmouth, 1565 to 1920. [Llanfair, nr. Harlech] : [Lewis William Lloyd], c1993. 384p

Marpole, E. Marpole's new guide to Barmouth, Cader Idris, Dolgelley, and places of interest in the neighbourhood; with legends and map. Aberystwyth : J. Morgan, 1881. 96p

Morris, Jeff. The history of the Barmouth lifeboats. Coventry : Lifeboat Enthusiasts Society, 1987. 34p

Parish magazine of Llanaber with Barmouth, Caerdeon and Bontddu. Vol.11 (1963)-v.43 (1992); v.44, n.1-8, n.10-11 (1993); v.45 (1994).

Rear, William G. The Llangollen line : Ruabon to Barmouth. Stockport : Foxline, 1990. 92p

The fall of Barmouth Church : appeal for funds to complete the building after the fall of the tower ; [dated 16th March, 1892] 1892?

Wyn-Jones, Owena. Discover Barmouth : today and yesterday. Barmouth : Select All, 2002. 64p

Business and Commerce Records

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


1901 census of Barmouth A Transcription and Surname Index by Alwyn Humphreys

Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of St Bodfan Church

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 inc town of Barmouth; statistics; Area 12679 acres; Population 725 males, 947 females, total 1672

Capel Caersalem, Bermo, cofnodion (records) 1811-1962 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Capel Caersalem is a Calvinistic Methodist chapel in Barmouth, Merionethshire, established in about 1811...."

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Cutiau  section (in Welsh) has been extracted        Also Abermaw chapel

Church Records

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

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

See also under Genealogy

Description and Travel

Welcome to Barmouth site - overview, demise, future etc

Barmouth-Wales - tourist data

Barmouth - on Wikipedia

River Mawddach - Barmouth Quay, a panoramic view

Llanaber Railway Station - on Wikipedia



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

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

Merchant Marine

Sailors' Institute, Barmouth - on the People's Collection Wales site

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


The manganese mines of Merionethshire


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