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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

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

Church Records

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



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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