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Tal-y-llyn / Talyllyn
"TALYLLYN, a parish in the hundred of Estimaner, county Merioneth, 5 miles S.W. of Dolgelly, its post town, and 8 from Machynlleth. The village is situated on the river Mathew, under Cader-Idris and Arran-y-Gessel. The parish, which is of large extent, comprising 36,000 acres, includes Cedris, Ceuswyn, Corris, Llanerchgoediog, and Ystradgwyn. There are numerous ranges of slaty hills, affording only bare sheep walks. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the woollen manufacture. Llyn Mwyngil is famed for its trout and eel fishing. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Bangor, value £84, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. There is also a district church at Corris, the living of which is a perpetual curacy The parochial charities produce about £4 per annum." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
Mitchell, Victor. Talyllyn : 50 years of change. Midhurst : Middleton, 2000. 96p. Great Railway eras
Official guide Tywyn Meirionnydd, Gwynedd : home of the Talyllyn Railway. 5th ed. Tywyn : Tywyn and District Publicity Bureau, . 114p
Rolt, L T C. Talyllyn adventure. Newton Abbott : David & Charles, 1971. 289p. Originally published, London: Constable, 1953.
White, Christopher. Forty years of the Talyllyn Railway. [Leicester] : AB Publishing,  48p
- Noddfa Baptist Chapel, Corris, Baptist
- St Mary, Tal-Y-Llyn, Church in Wales
- West Lych Gate, St Mary's Church, Tal-Y-Llyn, Church in Wales
- Bethania Chapel, Corris Uchaf, Calvinistic Methodist
- Rehoboth Chapel (Calvinistic Methodist), Corris, Calvinistic Methodist
- Bethel Chapel, Corris Uchaf, Independent
- South Lych Gate, St Mary's Church, Tal-Y-Llyn, Other
- Salem Welsh Independent Chapel, Corris, Welsh Independent
- Moriah Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Corris Uchaf, Wesleyan Methodist
- Shiloh Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Corris, Wesleyan Methodist
You can also perform a more selective search for
churches in the Tal-y-llyn / Talyllyn area
that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help
identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the
of the churches marked on a map.
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 15182 acres; Population 608 males, 515 females, total 1123
- Talyllyn Parish Church, Corris Attendance - afternoon 50 Services in Welsh "No morning service. Having to serve a Church 3 miles distant, which service I alternate at 10am and 2pm" Ellis Roberts Pring, Perpetual Curate
- Cwrt Chapel, Calvinistic Methodist Erected 1806 Not used exclusively as a place of worship Not a separate building Attendance - morning 41 scholars, afternoon 104, evening 63 John Vaughan, Elder, Maesllan
- Aberllefwy Chapel, Calvinistic Methodist Erected before 1840 Attendance - morning 78 scholars, afternoon 154, evening 84 Saml. Williams, Elder, Ffynonbadarn, Corris
- Carmell, Corris, Talyllin, Wesleyan Methodist Erected 1810 Attendance - morning 100, afternoon 112 scholars, evening 200 J Herbert, Wesleyan Minister, Machynlleth
- Capel Rehoboth, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Erected before 1800 Attendance - morning 185, afternoon 142 scholars, evening 262 Humphrey Davies, Elder, Abereorris
- Ystradgwyn Chapel, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Erected before 1800 Attendance - morning 38, afternoon 41 scholars, evening 47 John Owen, Steward, Tyn y Maes
- Capel Penygraig, Independent Erected 1851 Attendance - morning 29 scholars, afternoon 59, evening 36 William Williams, Deacon
- Abertrenant, Talyllyn, Calvinistic Methodist Erected 1830 Attendance - morning 63, afternoon 52, evening 41 Hugh Owen, Elder, Tyna, Towyn
Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Corris section (in Welsh) has been extracted Also Aberllefeni chapel
You can see pictures of Tal-y-llyn / Talyllyn which are provided by:
Horse and carriage at Talyllyn Lake, c 1907 - on the People's Collection Wales site
Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;
- Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society, records 1960-1975 "The Talyllyn Railway, a narrow gauge railway in the Taly-y-llyn valley, ran from Bryneglwys Slate Quarry, near Abergynolwyn, Merionethshire, to the coast at Tywyn, Merionethshire, linking up with the national railway network............"
- Talyllyn Railway Collection 1865-1994 "Slate was first quarried at Bryneglwys Slate Quarry, near Abergynolwyn, Merionethshire, in the 1840s by John Pughe of Aberdyfi, Cardiganshire. In 1864, the quarry was leased by William McConnel's Aberdovey Slate Company Limited. McConnel(1809-1902) and his son were the instigators of Talyllyn Railway..............."
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 SH710093 (Lat/Lon: 52.665996, -3.909042), Tal-y-llyn / Talyllyn which are provided by: