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"LLANDRILLO, a parish in the hundred of Edernion, county Merioneth, 5 miles S.W. of Corwen, its post town, and 7 N.E. of Bala. It is situated in a vale at the foot of the Berwyn mountains, near the pass known as Milltir Gerrig, and is watered by the river Dee. The parish includes several townships, of which Cilan and Dinam are the principal, and the glen of the Afon Dinam. Slate quarries are worked. The tithes were commuted in 1840. The rectorial tithes are vested in the ecclesiastical commissioners. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St. Asaph, value £302, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. Trillo. The charities amount to about £3 per annum. Here is a cromlech and other Druidical remains. Fairs are held on 25th February, 3rd May, 29th June, 28th August, and 14th November." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


Cymanfa Ysgolion Wesleyaid Cylchdaith Corwen : cynhelir yn Llandrillo Dydd Mercher, Mehefin 15fed, 1910.[Rhaglen]

Cymanfa Ysgolion yr Undeb Ysgolion Sabbathol yr Annibynwyr yn Penllyn ac Edeyrnion yn Llandrillo dydd Mawrth, Mai 27,1884. [Rhaglen]

Dale, Janet. Monumental inscriptions : Llandrillo yn Edeyrnion : churchyard and new cemetery. 2000. Available from Clwyd Family History Society

Edwards, R Eryl. Y Bwrdd Du. Nereus, Bala 2002. A collection of 341 school photographs from Edeirnion, Penllyn and Uwchaled covers 1921 to 2002.

Emery, Gordon. Llandrillo : Craig Uchaf, head of the Berwyns. c1993

Harries, Robert. Walks in Ancient Wales. Sigma Leisure, Wilmslow,2003. 181 pages (pages 79-84 refer)

Jones, D. O Llandrillo, Meirionydd i Borth Madryn, Argentina.

Jones, F Wynn. Godre'r Berwyn.Hughes a'i Fab, Caerdydd c1952. 176 pages, seven illustrations.

Vale of Edeyrnion, Official Guide of Corwen and District. Issued under the auspices of Edeyrnion Rural District Council (pages 30-35 refer) a United Services Handbook Production. 1954. 56 p


The 1851 census of Llandrillo as enumerated- transcription provided by John and Doreen Jones.

The 1871 census of Llandrillo as enumerated- transcription provided by John and Doreen Jones.

The 1891 census of Llandrillo as enumerated- transcription provided by John and Doreen Jones.

A population survey of The Deanery of Edeyrnion and Penllyn, Parish of Llandrillo-yn-Edeirnion was recorded in the 1680s on the orders of Bishop William Lloyd - for this parish see the St Asaph Notitiae onthe Digital Mirror site

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 towardsthe end of each entry are those of the informants.

Parish statistics; Area 28200 acres; Population 398 males, 392 females, total 790

  • Llandrillo Parish Church Attendance - morning 74, afternoon 30/40 Services in WelshJohn Wynne, Vicar
  • Independent Chapel, Independent Erected 1825 Attendance - morning 54, afternoon 31 scholars, evening 55 Thomas Davids, Independent Preacher
  • Sion Chapel, Wesleyan MethodistErected c 1801 Attendance - morning 40, afternoon 34 scholars, evening 70 (scholars?) Rowland Roberts, Steward, Butcher's Arms Inn
  • Salem, Calvinistic Methodist Erected before 1800 Attendance - morning 84 scholars, afternoon 184, evening 206 John Jones, Deacon, Bell, Llandrillo
  • Capel y Wern, Wesleyan Methodist Erected c 1800 Attendance - usual - morning 40, afternoon 45, evening 60, average number of scholars 40 Informant; Hugh Edwards, for N Roberts

Church of St Trillo, Llandrillo yn Edeyrnion Part ofthe Denbighshire Churches Survey on on the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust site

Heaton, H M. St Trillo's Church, Llandrillo yn Edeirnion - History and Description.1997. 14 pages includes plans, illustrations and photographs.

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

Church Records

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

Llandrillo yn Edeirnion PRs,1662 -1825 Vol 1-4. Transcriptions available from Clwyd Family History Society

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llandrillo which are provided by:

Llandrillo - history, local views, parish church etc

There are photographs featuring Llandrillo on the People's Collection Wales site (Use search box)

The Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales has recorded several sites of interest in the Llandrillo community. Their broad classification range from Monument, Domestic, Religious Ritual and Fumerary and Agriculture and Subsistence. Of particular interest are the Cairns, Settlements and field systems of prehistoric date at Pennant above Nant Esgeiriau.



At the National Library of Wales Aberystwyth:

  • The John Roberts, [Berwyn House] Llandrillo Papers. Papers, 1878 - 1915 of John Roberts relating to the history of the Llandrillo district, including a record of events 1878 - 1899; books of notes on the history of Calvinist Methodism in Llandrillo; books relating to genealogical and other notes relating to the commote

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llandrillo has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


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

  • Roberts, John, of Llandrillo, papurau (papers) "Papers, 1878-1915, of John Roberts relating to the history of the Llandrillo district, including a record of events in Llandrillo, 1878-1899; notebooks on the history of Calvinist Methodism in Llandrillo, [ c. 1899]; essays, [1890s]-1909; and genealogical and other notes relating to the commote of Edeirnion and the Llandrillo area, [1878]-[1915] "

Diaries of Evan T Davies of Llandrillo-yn-Edeirnion- held at University of Wales Bangor.
Description from the Archives Network Wales site;-
"Thirteen diaries, 1898, 1912-1919, 1922-1923, 1927 and 1930 and 11 pocket note books. Although the entries in the diaries are sparse, a surprising amount of information can be gathered from them. There are details of chapel meetings, local events, the weather, planting of vegetables, books borrowed. The effect of the First World War comes to light as Evan T. Davies refers to Llywelyn (possibly his son) returning home from Ypres.The note books are difficult to decipher and contain lists of books, lines of poetry, names and address and rough notes in general, written in Welsh, English and French."

Land and Property

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

  • Hendwr and Rhiwaedog (Llandrillo) collection of deeds 1546-1757 "Hendwr manor, Llandrillo, was held by the Lloyd family during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Oliver Jones of Pennant (fl. 1698-1724) held lands in the townships of Pennant and Dinan, Llandrillo "


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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ034370 (Lat/Lon: 52.921679, -3.438304), Llandrillo which are provided by:

Public Records

Records of Edeyrnion Rural District Council 1881 - 1974; - minutes 1894 - 1974; letter books 1902 - 1935; files of correspondence and papers 1914 - 1971; Treasurer's Records 1928 - 1974, including general ledgers 1937 - 1974. At Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin