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"LLANUWCHLLYN, a parish in the hundred of Penllyn, county Merioneth, 4 miles S.W. of Bala, its post town, and 12 N.E. of Dolgelly. It is situated at the south-western extremity of Bala Lake, and is watered by the river Dwfrdwy, a tributary of the Dee. The neighbourhood is wild and mountainous. The parish includes the townships of Castell, Cynllwyd, Penanlliw, and Penarran. Slate is obtained here. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of St. Asaph, value 140. The church is dedicated to St. Deiniol. It contains some monumental effigies, including one of a knight in armour, whose duty it was to attend the judges in their assize journeys, and protect them from the attacks of banditti. Here are Vaughan's almshouses, with an endowment producing 42, and Williams' school, 25, and other charities amounting in all to about 95 per annum. A short distance from here is a waterfall on the river Twrch. Coins and other Roman remains have been found at Caer Gai, supposed to have been a Roman fort." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]


Evans, E D. A Llanuwchllyn ecclesiastical dispute. Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society 11 (1993), p. 414-32.

Hughes, William. A short history of the Parish of Llanuwchllyn. Bala : Davies and Evans, Printers and Publishers, [ca.1900]. 32p

Jenkins. Robert T. Hanes cynulleidfa Hen Gapel Llanuwchllyn. Robt. Evans a'i Fab, 1937.

Pritchard, Seth. Hanes yr achos : cyflwynedig i Gymdeithasfa'r Methodistiaid Calfinaidd a gynhelir yn Llanuwchllyn, Mehefin 20-22, 1939. Bala : Swyddfa'r Seren, 1939

Roberts, Guto. Tom Jones Llanuwchllyn : teyrngedau. [Llanuwchllyn] : Pwyllgor Cofio Tom Jones Llanuwchllyn, 1991. 136p.

Seren y mynydd : papur newydd at wasanaeth Llanuwchllyn a'r amgylchoedd. Bala : Davies ac Evans. 1895- ?


Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Yr Hen Gapel, Llanuwchllyn

Church in Wales announces amalgamation of three parishes
"The Church in Wales diocese of St Asaph announced today that the parishes of Llanycil with Christ Church Bala, Llangower, and Llanuwchllyn have taken the brave decision to join forces - a decision that could result in three of the four church buildings within these parishes being declared redundant. The church councils of each parish have faced up to the reality of their respective situations and come to some difficult decisions. They have agreed that the cause of the Gospel will be better served in the Bala area if resources are concentrated in one church building. It seems likely therefore that the final services have already been held in the church buildings in Llangower and Llanycil with the likely final service at Llanuwchllyn church being a Plygain service on 4th January 2004. "

LLANUWCHLLYN, St. Deiniol 1872-1873   - on the Church plans online site

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 12000 acres; Population 633 males, 631 females, total 1264

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


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

Church Records

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

Description and Travel

Narrow Gauge Heaven - Llanuwchllyn station


The transcription of the section for Llanuwchllyn from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.


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


Castle Wales - Carndochan castle near Llanuwchllyn

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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