"LLANRHAIADR YN MOCHNANT (LLAN-RHAIADR-YN-MOCHNANT), a parish composed of the Lower division, in the Cynlleth and Mochnant division of the hundred of CHIRK, county of DENBIGH, and the Upper portion, in the upper division of the hundred of LLANVYLLIN, county of MONTGOMERY, NORTH WALES, 12 miles (W. by S.) from Oswestry, and containing 2344 inhabitants. This parish, which comprises an extent of about eight thousand acres, of which four thousand six hundred are in the Lower, and three thousand four hundred in. the Upper, division, is intersected by the river Moch,  ... which here separates the counties of Denbigh and Montgomery ... The church, dedicated to St. Dogvan, and. situated in that portion of the parish which is in the county of Denbigh,  ... Llanarmon-Mynydd-Mawr, formerly an integral part of this parish, has been separated from it and now forms a distinct parish. The neighbouring churches of Llancadwaladr, Llangedwin, and Llanwddyn, were originally also dependent chapels on the mother church of Llanrhaiadr, from which they are respectively distant nine, four, and eight miles. There are places of worship in the village for Independents, and for Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists. ..." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833]

The main page for  this parish is included in Denbighshire

According to Archdeacon Thomas, the parish of Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant at one time included the parishes of Llanarmon Mynydd Mawr, Llangadwaladr, Llangedwyn; and part of Llanwddyn (in Montgomeryshire).
The townships of the parish of Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant which were in the pre-1974 county of Montgomery were: Abermarchnant, Brithdir, Castellmoch, Cefn Coch, Glanhafon Fach, Glanhafon Fawr and Nantfyllon.
The townships which were in the pre-1974 county of Denbigh were: Banhadla Ucha, Banhadla Isa, Gartheryr, Henfachau, Trebrys Fawr, Trebrys Fach, Trefeiliw, Tre'r-Llan and Tre-Wern.


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 (whole) statistics; Area 23294 acres;
Section in Montgomery - Population 494 males, 495 females, total 989
Section in Denbigh  - Population 767 males, 772 females, total 1539

  • Llanrhaiadr-ym-Mochnant Parish Church                Attendance - morning 145, evening 145             Services in Welsh          William Williams, Vicar
  • Sion, Llanrhaiadr-Mochnant, Wesleyan Methodist            Erected 1833            Attendance - morning 90, afternoon 156 scholars, evening 190             Rich. Prichard, Minister
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Brithdir, Llanrhaiadr, Wesleyan Methodist           Erected  1840      Attendance morning 20 scholars, afternoon 40, evening 30             Rich. Prichard, Minister
  • Carmel, Penygarnedd, Wesleyan Methodist            Erected 1821                Attendance - morning 80, afternoon 60 scholars, evening 120      Rich. Prichard, Minister
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Bwlch-y-Cibe           Erected 1833                  Attendance - morning 83, afternoon 90 scholars, evening 136                   Rich. Prichard, Minister
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Braichywaun      Erected 1842           Attendance - morning 50 scholars, afternoon 102, evening 86                Rich. Prichard, Minister
  • Rhos y Brithdu Chapel, Llanrhaiadr, Calvinistic Methodist                  Erected 1807           Attendance - morning 44, afternoon 50, evening 46            William Roberts, Elder, penyboncyn
  • Penygarnedd, Wesleyan       Erected 1821                  Attendance - morning 95, afternoon 66 scholars, evening 94                      Edward Jones, Shoemaker
  • Tabernacle, Independents or Congregational            Erected 1822         Attendance - morning 32 scholars, afternoon 150, evening 52            Henry Parry, Deacon
  • Sion, Cefncoed Township, Wesleyan Methodist             Erected 1834            Attendance - morning 88, afternoon 150 scholars, evening 189             David Rhys, Class Leader, Plas yn Llan
  • In Denbigh part of parish
  • Bethesda, Llanrhaiadr, Calvinistic Methodist           Erected 1828            Attendance - morning 74, afternoon 92 scholars, evening 102          Humphrey Evans, Deacon        
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Bwlchyddar, Wesleyan Methodist          Erected 1835            Attendance - morning 90 scholars, afternoon 80, evening 125            Rich. Prichard, Minister
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Briw      Erected 1836              Attendance - morning 76, afternoon 130 scholars, evening 115            (No signature)

Church, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant - on the People's Collection Wales site

Bethesda chapel (CM), Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant - on the People's Collection Wales site

Wesleyan chapel, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant  - on the People's Collection Wales site

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 Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Maureen Saycell (Feb 2010)


Description and Travel

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

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LLANRHAIADR YN MOCHNANT  - Extract from  A Topgraphical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833

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Historical Geography

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



Various historic photographs - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • A street scene in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant; numerous individuals standing around the street 
  • Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant horse fair c 1885
  • Plough Inn, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant
  • Market square, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant
  • Vicarage bridge, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant
  • Cottage loaves baked in an ancient oven at Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, 5 January 1955

Social life and Customs

Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant Women's Institute leather work class, 1948 & Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant Womens' Institute dinner - on the People's Collection Wales site