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"LLANYMOWDDWY, a parish in the hundred of Talybont, county Merioneth, 11 miles N.E. of Dolgelly, its post town. It is situated at the base of the mountain Arran Mowddy, where the river Dyfi has its source. The parish includes the townships of Cowarch, Cwmceiwydd, Llanerchfydda, and Pennant. Slate is obtained, and there is a supply of peat. The pass, called Bwlchy-Groes, is in this neighbourhood. The village of Llan-y-Mowddwy is a retired little place, embosomed in hills. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bangor, value £235, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. Tydecho, is shaded by yew-trees. The charities amount to about £6 per annum. There is a waterfall on the Pumrhyd, which flows from a cwm on the W. of Llan-y-Mowddwy." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


Kenward, James. Ab Ithel : an account of the life and writings of the Rev. John Williams Ab Ithel, M.A., late Rector of Llanymowddwy, Merioneth. Tenby : London : R. Mason ; W. Kent & Co., 1871. The greater portion of this work (to page 192) was originally published in the form of editorial articles in the Cambrian Journal, of 1862-3-4

Parry, Gwenfair. Llanymawddwy. The Welsh language and the 1891 census p. 383-393


1901 census of Llanymawddwy  A transcription by Alwyn Humphreys

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 15290 acres; Population 342 males, 343 females, total 685

  • Llanmawddwy Parish Church                   Attendance - usual - morning 33, evening 52         Services in Welsh         Informant; Hugh Evans, Registrar
  • Abercywarch, Calvinistic Methodist               Attendance - average - 40, and scholars 30       Information from Griffith Evans, Superintendant       No signature
  • Salem, Cwmcawydd, Independents            Erected 1846           Attendance - average - 55, and scholars 30                Minister           No signature
  • Bryncoch Chapel, Wesleyan Methodists      Erected 1822             Attendance - morning 43, evening 33               William Davies, Wesleyan Minister
  • Bethesda, Independents             Erected 1821            Attendance - morning 26, evening 53           Edward Williams, Independent Minister, Dinas Mawddwy
  • Bethlehem, Independents        Erected 1836       Attendance - morning 47 scholars. evening 59                  Edward Williams, Independent Minister

St Tydecho church, Llanymawddwy - on the People's Collection Wales site

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 Llanymawddwy chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Eleri Rowlands

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanymawddwy 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 SH902190 (Lat/Lon: 52.757394, -3.628499), Llanymawddwy which are provided by: