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"LLANGELYNIN, a parish in the hundred of Talybont, county Merioneth, 5 miles N.W. of Towyn, and 12 S.W. of Dolgelly. Barmouth is its post town. It is situated on the coast of Cardigan Bay, and includes the townships of Bodgadfan, Crogennant, Llanfeddiged, and the large village of Llwyngwril. It is said that Eduowain-ab-Bradwen, chief of one of the 15 tribes, had a seat here. The country in the vicinity is bleak and uninteresting. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bangor, value 400. The old parish church, dedicated to St. Celynin, but now deserted, stood on the coast-road to Towyn, about 2 miles S. of the present one, which has been built in the village of Llwyngwril. The charities, including an endowment to Morgan's school, produce about 20 per annum. A cave is shown in which it is said Owain Glyndwr secreted himself; and on the hill to the W. of the village is a camp called Castell-y-gaer." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]


Williams, Douglas. Church that still hangs over the sea - Llangelynin. Country Quest 32/3 (1991), p. 34-5

Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Llwyngwril, St Celynin 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 statistics; Area 11004 acres; Population 491 males, 472 females, total 963

FAIRBOURNE, St. Cynon 1926-1927 - on the Church plans online site

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

Church Records

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


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


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