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"MALLWYD, a parish in the hundreds of Talybont and Mathrafel, county Merioneth and county Montgomery, 9 miles from Dolgelly, its post town, and 2 S. of Dinas-Mowddwy. It is situated on the river Dyfi, under Camlan and Moel Dyfi, comprising Dinas and 7 other townships Mallwyd is a favourite resort of anglers, and, from its varied scenery, is much frequented by artists. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bangor, value 255, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. Tydecho, is a small, plain structure, with the communion-table in the centre. The churchyard is famous for its yew trees, one of which is 24 feet in girth. The parochial charities produce about 12 per annum. At Pont- Fallwyd, a short distance from the village, is a waterfall of the river Dovy." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]


1851 census of Dinas Mawddwy Transcribed by Lady Judy Buckley

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.

Mallwyd parish (only) statistics; Area 14556 acres; Population 556 males, 529 females, total 1085
Caireinion  fechan township (in co MGY) statistics; Area 1894 acres; Population 61 males, 55 females, total 116

People's Collection Wales - St Tydecho Church

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Dinasmawddwy  section (in Welsh) has been extracted     Also Bethsaida chapel which appears to be in this parish

Church Records

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


Mallwyd Parochial Registers       Collections historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire  Vol 32  1902   Welsh Journals Online

Description and Travel

Mallwyd - on Wikipedia

Dinas Mawddwy - on Wikipedia



John Davies of Mallwyd - on Wikipedia    "Dr John Davies, Mallwyd (c. 1567-1644) was one of Wales's leading scholars of the late Renaissance..................."

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


Shearing sheep at Penantigi Uchaf, Dinas Mawddwy, 1915   - on the People's Collection Wales site

Extracts from George Borrow's Wild Wales
CHAPTER LXXVI; Mallwyd and its Church - Sons of Shoemakers - Village Inn - Dottings
CHAPTER LXXV; Inn at Mallwyd - A Dialogue  - The Cumro 

Land and Property

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


Tyllau mwn (Friar's Coat), Dinas Mawddwy [iron ore mine] - on the  Mindat site


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