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"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, [1985]. 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, [1991] 48p

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 15182 acres; Population 608 males, 515 females, total 1123


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

Church Records

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

Description and Travel

Talyllyn Railway - data and access

Narrow Gauge Heaven - Talyllyn Railway Picture Gallery

Talyllyn Railway - on Wikipedia

Talyllyn Railway - picture gallery

Sunset over Talyllyn - on Dave Newbould's site



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;


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


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