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"LLANYCIL, (or Llanykill), a parish in the hundred of Penllyn, county Merioneth, 12 miles S.W. of Corwen, 15 N.E. of Dolgelly, and 1 mile from Bala, its post town. The parish includes the market town of Bala and five other townships It is situated on the western side of Bala Lake, and has the workhouse for that Poor-law Union. Many of the people are employed in stocking-knitting. The parish is of large extent, being about 9 miles in length by 4 broad. The surface is hilly, rising at Arrenig Fawr to an altitude of 2,809 feet above the sea. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of St. Asaph, value 350, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is dedicated to St. Beuno. There is a free grammar school, with an endowment producing about 80, besides six scholarships, and six exhibitions at Jesus College, Oxford. There are other charities, amounting to nearly 30 per annum. Fairs are held on the 3rd June, 11th September, and 2nd October." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]

Business and Commerce Records

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


Church History

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 towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Parish statistics; Area 12868 acres; Population 1198 males, 1233 females, total 2431

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 Bala  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

Bala Information Page - tourist data

Moel Uchaf Dol-haidd - on the Heneb site

Tomen y Bala castle - on Castle Wales



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


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

Land and Property

The History of Abercelyn (House) site

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

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Bala Workhouse - on Peter Higginbotham's site

Social Life and Customs

BBC Wales site - Local Legends - 'Coch Bach y Bala (the Welsh Houdini)


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