"MANAVON, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of NEWTOWN, county of MONTGOMERY, NORTH WALES, 8 1/2 miles (W. S. W.) from Welshpool, containing 775 inhabitants. This parish is situated in a mountainous district nearly in the centre of the county, and is intersected by the river Rhiw, and also by the road leading from Llanvair to Newtown and Montgomery : ... The church, dedicated to St. Michael, ... There is a place of worship for Welsh Calvinistic Methodists." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833]
Brown, Roger L. Sad, mad or bad : the case of Evan Jenkins, Rector of Manafon. Montgomeryshire Collections 83 (1995), p. 177-88 Parish of Manafon, Parish Church of St Michael and Beulah Presbyterian Chapel : memorial inscriptons. [S.l.] : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, 1996. 49p. And 1998, 54p
Pritchard, T W. Manafon Church. Much Wenlock : R.J.L. Smith, c1998. 20p
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 6635 acres; Population 390 males, 376 females, total 766
Manafon Parish Church - no return
Beulah Chapel, New Mills, Calvinistic Methodist Erected 1822/3 Day school Attendance - morning 23 + 52 scholars, afternoon 80 scholars, evening 27 + 71 scholars John Parry, Leader, Birch House, Tregynon
Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Manafon section, Byrwydd chapel (in Brynhwdog) (in Welsh) has been extracted - with translation by Maureen Saycell (Aug 2009)
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 1596-1665, 1678-1891; Marriages 1654, 1678-1971; Burials 1596-1667, 1678-1930; Banns 1812-1838
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, Denbighshire Archives and/or Flintshire Archives
St Asaph Notitiae; Deanery of Cedewain, parish of Manafon 1681? - on the NLW site
Description and Travel
You can see pictures of Manafon which are provided by:
RS Thomas and the problem of Welsh Identity ( (site disappeared June 2012) by Jeffery A Triggs. "......... In the early 1940's, Thomas took over the parish of Manafon, a town near the English border where 'most people spoke with a Shropshire accent using a strange admixture of Welsh idioms' ............''