"LLANGYNIEW (LLAN-GYNYW), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of MATHRAVAL, county of MONTGOMERY, NORTH WALES, 2 1/2 miles (N. by W.) from Llanvair-Caereinion, containing 675 inhabitants. This place derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Cynyw, an eminent British saint, who flourished in the sixth century, and was son of Gwyn-lliw, and brother of Catwg the Wise. That it is of very remote antiquity is evident from the numerous British encampments, apparently of the very earliest character, which are scattered over the hills in various parts of the parish ..." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833]



Astley, Elsie. Glancing back at Llangynyw School 1833-1966. [S.l.] : Stable Press, [1994] 28p


Victorian Powys for schools site - Census figures for Llangyniew 1841-1901


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 4513 acres; Population 300 males, 296 females, total 596

  • Llangyniew Parish Church            Attendance - morning 20 + 9 scholars, evening 36 + 11 scholars              Services in Welsh, some English         Thomas Richards. Parish
  • Newbridge Chapel, Llangynyw, Calvinistic Methodist        Erected 1830       Attendance - morning 30, afternoon 52 scholars              John Richards, Deacon, Joseph Richards. Lower Hall, Myfod
  • Peniel, Independents                  Erected 1830                Attendance - morning 44 scholars, afternoon 65, evening 42       Thomas Hughes, Deacon,  (?) Llaeloddiau

    Church of St Cynyw, Llangynyw on the Montgomeryshire Churches Survey site


    Church Records

    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 1584-90, 1593-1683, 1729-1914; Marriages 1584-90, 1593-1649, 1661-1683, 1729-1969; Burials 1584-90, 1594-1683, 1729-1895
      Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW, and/or Powys Archives (the latter may have fuller coverage within the above dates).  
      Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW, Denbighshire Archives and/or Flintshire Archives 

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    Public Records

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

    • Llanfynyw Community Council records 1849-[c.1897]