"DYLIFFE, a chapelry in Darowen, Llanbrynmair, Penegoes, and Trefeglwys, parishes, Montgomery; near the Newtown and Machynlleth railway, 8 miles from Llanbrynmair. It was constituted in 1856; ... [From John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72 on A Vision of Britain through Time.]

A parish formed out of Llanbryn-mair, Darowen, Penegoes & Trefeglwys in 1856



Bick, David. Dylife: a Famous Lead Mine. Newent: The Pound House, 1985

Brown, Michael. Dylife: the industrial and social history of a famous Welsh lead mine. ISBN 086243775X

Jones, Cyril. Calon blwm : portread o ardal Dylife ym Maldwyn. Llandysul : Gomer, 1994. Adolygiad/au: Mari Ellis, Taliesin, 90 (1995), 118-19. Adolygiad/au: Dafydd Roberts, Llais Llyfrau, 2 (1995), 11-12. Adolygiad/au: Robin Williams, Llafar Gwlad, 48 (1995), 23.

Parish of Llanbrynmair: Parish Church of St Mary, Llan Aber Independent Chapel, Capel Bethel (C.M.), Bontdolgadfan Parish Church of St David, Dylife, Tafolwern Independent Chapel, Gwynfryn (C.M.) Chapel, Dylife, Soar Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Talerddig Independent Chapel, Llan village inscription, Llanbrynmair war memorial, Seion (Zion) Welsh Baptist Chapel, Dylife: memorial inscriptions. [S.1.] : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society , 2001. 140p

Peate, David. Genealogical alphabet : lead miners of Dylife. Record: Journal of the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society. 18 (2000), p. 22-23

Perrott, David. Walks in the Dyfi valley : including Aberdyfi, Machynlleth, Dylife, Cemmaes and Borth. Machynlleth : Kittiwake, 2000. 32p

Williams, C J. Cobden and Bright and the Dylife lead mines. Welsh History Review, 21 (June 2002), 118-148


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Dylife area or see them printed on a map.


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.

  • Not shown as a separate parish

The Dyfi Valley Churches and Chapels online (no longer) database  showed the church of St David's as a ruin; also had brief details of these nonconformist chapels;

  • Dylife/Rhydwen, Capel Seion, Welsh Baptist (Particular)
  • Dylife/Rhydwen, Peniel, Pen Capel, Calvinist

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 Soar chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation


Church Records

A parish formed out of Llanbryn-mair, Darowen, Penegoes & Trefeglwys in 1856

Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts for this parish is given on the Powys Archives page Montgomeryshire parish registers

As a guide only, the principal extant parochial church records for this parish span the dates shown below (as detailed in Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 2000) but exact current holdings should be confirmed with the individual Archives;

  • Baptisms 1856-1926; Marriages 1856-1964 ; Burials 1857- with incumbent (copies Burials 1857-1980 at NLW)
    Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW, and/or Powys Archives.  
    Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW

Description and Travel

Photograph gallery showing Dylife scenes

Various landscape photographs of the area and surrounds - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Dylife which are provided by:



Ask for a calculation of the distance from Dylife to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Dylife has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Post Office at Dylife - on the People's Collection Wales site



Victorian Powys for schools site -  Dylife Lead Mine

Dylife Mines - on the Mindat.org site

Dylife Mine - on the CPAT site

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

  • Dylife lead mine, photographic negatives     "Photographic negatives of Dylife lead mining site and Cemetery, 1969."