See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Llanycil, St Beuno's Church
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. "
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 12868 acres; Population 1198 males, 1233 females, total 2431
- Llanycil Parish Church Attendance - morning 55 "The reason that there is no afternoon service is that the Rector of Llanycil is at present serving Bala Episcopal Chapel gratuitiously in the afternoon" Peter Price, Rector
- Bala Episcopal Chapel Licensed 1843 Attendance - afternoon 35 Robert Lloyd, Church Warden, Seedsman
- Ebenezer, Wesleyan Methodist Erected 1835 Attendance - morning 4 scholars, afternoon 40, evening 40 John Richards, Member, China Dealer
- Capel Newydd, Independents Erected 1779 Attendance - morning 122 scholars, afternoon 152, evening 201 Simon Jones, Deacon
- Bethel, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist First erected 1751, last erected 1809 Attendance - morning 472, afternoon 361 scholars, evening 588 Lewis Edwards, Minister
- Brynmoel, Welsh Calvinistic Methodists Not a separate building Attendance - afternoon 34 scholars, evening 44 Humphrey Williams, Deacon, Cefnbodig
- Parc, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Erected 1810 Attendance - morning 91, afternoon 155 scholars, evening 135 John Williams, Deacon, Llwyn Mawr
- Llidiardau, Calvinistic Methodists Erected c1813 Attendance - morning 74 scholars, afternoon 122, evening 99 David Rowland, Minister, Llidiardau, nr Bala
- Talybont, Calvinistic Methodist Erected 1827 Attendance - morning 140, afternoon 134, evening 145 Robert Evans, Minister, Ty Newydd, nr Bala
- Capel Celyn, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Erected 1821 Attendance - morning 108, afternoon 76 scholars, evening 68 John Evans, Deacon, Penbrynfawr
Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;
- Bala-Bangor Manuscripts 1826-1967 "The history of the Bala-Bangor College is a complex one, which begins in 1842 with the establishment of the Independent College in Bala, Merionethshire........."
- Papers on the Bala and Bala-Bangor Independent Colleges 1855-1941
Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Bala section (in Welsh) has been extracted