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"LLANELLTYD, a parish in the hundred of Ardudwy, county Merioneth, 1 mile N.W. of Dolgelly, its post town, and 8 from Barmouth. It is situated under Cadr Idris, at the confluence of the rivers Maw and Wnion, surrounded by scenery the most beautiful of any to be found in Wales. In this spot are the remains of Cymmer Abbey', an establishment of the Cistercian order, founded here near the close of the 12th century by the two sons of Conan, Meredydd, and Gruffydd. At the dissolution of the monasteries the income was valued at 58 158. 4d. The ruins indicate that the building was not very extensive. Copper is obtained, and the neighbourhood furnishes a supply of peat. Some of the hills present a barren appearance. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Bangor, value 62. The church is dedicated to St. Illtyd. There is a Calvinistic Methodist chapel." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]


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


1841 census of Llanelltyd  A transcription and surname index by Alwyn Humphreys

1851 census of Llanelltyd  A transcription by Alwyn Humphreys

1871 census of Llanelltyd  A transcription by Alwyn Humphreys

1891 census of Llanelltyd  A transcription by Alwyn Humphreys

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 6736 acres; Population 257 males, 261 females, total 518

The Modern Antiquarian site - Llanelltyd Church and Kenric's Stone

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Llanelltyd  section (in Welsh) has been extracted  - with translation by Maureen Saycell (July 2011)

Church Records

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

Bishop's Transcripts for 1733-1836 (with gaps).  Contributed by Alwyn Humphreys

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

Description and Travel

Dolgellau com - views of Llanelltyd


A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833

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


The manganese mines of Merionethshire


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