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"LLANFIHANGEL-Y-PENNANT, a parish in the hundred of Estimauer, county Merioneth, 7 miles S.W. of Dolgelly, its post town, and 9 N. of Aberdovey. It is situated at the foot of Cader Idris, and includes the townships of Cedris, Llanllwydan, Maestrefnant, and Uwchygarreg. The surface is hilly, and only partially enclosed. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Bangor, value £464 in the patronage of the bishop. The church is dedicated to St. Michael, and has an ancient font. There are small charities of about £1 per annum. A fort stood here in early times. Caerberllan Hall is the principal residence." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

Business and Commerce Records

Holmes, Alan.   Slates from Abergynolwyn: the story of Bryneglwys Slate Quarry   1986

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

  • Abergynolwyn Slate Quarries [in Llanfihangel-y-pennant parish] Papers 1866-1912

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 8321 acres; Population 195 males, 181 females, total 376

  • Llanfihangel y Pennant Parish Church                Attendance - morning 19            "I have two Churches to serve 3 miles apart and cannot have but one service in each, nor can I look after a Sunday School, I alternate the Morning and Evening service in each parish............................."         Ellis Roberts Pring, Perpetual Curate      
  • Penial Chapel, Methodistaidd           Erected 1846     Attendance - morning 17 scholars, evening 37               John Vaughan, Deacon, Mais y llan, nr Dolgelley
  • Sardis, Independents             Erected 1820              Attendance - morning 69, evening 65         Humphrey Jones, Maesypandy

Memorial to Mary Jones, Llanfihangel-y-pennant, Merionethshire - on the People's Collection Wales site
"'In memory of Mary Jones, who in the year 1800, at the age of 16 walked from here to Bala, to procure from the Rev. Thomas Charles, B.A., a copy of the Welsh Bible...."

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 Abergynolwyn chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation                Also Llanfihangel chapel (No translation)

Description and Travel

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

  • Ynysfor collection of Pughe and Jones family papers 1620-1875  "John Pughe (d 1737) of Bodilan, Llanfihangel-y-pennant, Merionethshire, was the son of William Pughe......."

Historical Geography

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


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 SH671088 (Lat/Lon: 52.660561, -3.966475), Llanfihangel-y-pennant which are provided by: