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"BODEDERN, a parish in the hundred of Lyfon, in the county of Anglesey, North Wales, 7 miles to the E. of Holyhead. The name of this place, which signifies "House of Edern," is derived from a bard who resided here in the 7th century. It is situated in a pleasant country on the old road to Holyhead. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the spinning of yarn, which is carried on in two mills. Petty sessions are held in the village monthly. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Bangor, of the value of £104, in the patronage of the Principal and Fellows of Jesus College, Oxford. The church, an ancient edifice of small dimensions, is dedicated to St. Edeyrn, and contains several interesting monuments to the families of Presaddved and Jones of Tre' Iorweth. There are chapels belonging to the Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists, Baptists, and Independents. A National school was founded in 1822. The parochial charities amount to £19 per annum. Presaddved and Tre' Iorweth are the principal seats. The latter is situated near the beautiful lake called Llyn Llwennyn." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



  • Lewis, Richard. Richard Lewis, 1817-65, Llandegfan a Bodedern : detholiad o'i waith. [Bodedern] : [Dafydd Wyn Wiliam], (Llangefni : 1999 O. Jones). 29p. Foreword in English. Includes an essay on Bodedern from Y Traethodydd (1856), p. 399-408
  • Thomas, Glyndwr. Cartrefi Môn : Llannerch-y-medd a Bodedern. Bodedern : J.O. & J.E. Roberts, 1965, 59p
  • Wiliam, Dafydd Wyn. Enwau lleoedd plwyf Bodedern. Llangefni : Argraffwyd gan O. Jones, 1986, 40p
  • Wiliam, Dafydd Wyn. Y traddodiad barddol ym mhlwyf Bodedern, Môn. 1975
  • Wiliam, Dafydd Wyn. Bodedern Gynt sef Braslun o Hanes Twf a Datblygiad Bodedern. Argraffyd gan O Jones, Llangefni, 1980, 30 p
  • Wiliam, Dafydd Wyn. Eglwys Blwyf Bodedern. Braslun o'i Hanes. Argraffyd gan O Jones, Llangefni, 1982, 30p

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.

Bodedern Parish; Statistics; Area 4235 acres; Population 576 males, 577 females, total 1153

  • Bodedern Parish Church (Diocese of Bangor) Attendance - morning 72, afternoon 42 2 services in Welsh J B Goodman Jones, Perpetual Curate
  • Gilgal, Calvinistic Methodists Erected 1807, 1836 Attendance - morning 182, afternoon 220 + 250 scholars, evening 320 Ebenezer Evans, Minister
  • Saron, Independent Preaching in house before 1800, erected 1829 Attendance - morning 30, afternoon 66, evening 27 Owen Davies, Elder, Saddler
  • Tabernacle, Babtist Preaching in a house before 1819, erected 1829 Attendance - morning 40, afternoon 60 scholars, evening 60 William Williams, Preacher, Tailor
  • Zoar, Wesleyan Methodist Erected 1822 Attendance - morning (preaching) 46, afternoon (school) 43, evenign (preaching) 56 Will'm Hughes, Minister
  • Caergeiliog, Calvinistic Methodist Erected 1785, rebuilt 1819 Attendance - morning 69 scholars, afternoon 132, evening 126 "Caergeiliog Chapel is within 240 yds to the parish of Llanfairneubwll. The congregation that meet here to worship being from Llanfair-ll, Llanfihengel Nowyn Parish as well as part of Bodedern" Owen Edwards, Deacon, Sybylldir
  • Tabernacl Welsh Baptist Chapel, Baptist St " ......... was built in 1826, rebuilt in 1857 and rebuilt again in1884............." coflein
  • Capel Gilgal, [CM] London Rd on and "Cause established 1810 & chapel first built in 1807; enlarged ca. 1915 & rebuilt 1836....." coflein
  • Soar Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Wesley St "The Methodist cause in Bodedern was established in 1822 and the present chapel largely dates from the same year, ......" coflein
  • Saron Welsh Independent Chapel, Garden Lane ".......was built in 1829, rebuilt in 1868, in 1880 and rebuilt again in 1907......." coflein
  • Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Saron section (in Welsh) has been extracted - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Nov 2013). Also Bodedeyrn chapel - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (August 2015)

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Saron Chapel (Cong), ​​​​​​​Bodedern (1886)
  • Church, Bodedern

Church Records

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

  • According to The Baptist Handbook for 1936 , in 1824 the Tabernacle Baptist Church at Bodedern, Anglesey had 120 seats, 57 members and 5 Sunday school teachers. .....
  • In the same year, Ainon Church had 150 seats, 24 members and 4 Sunday school teachers........

Also see below under Public Records

Held at Anglesey Records Office (NRA)

  • Bodedern Baptist chapel records; -
    Tabernacle church records, namely, account books 1876 - 1965, record of promises of members 1920-1945, pew rent book 1933-1956, and Sunday school accounts 1935-45.
    Ainon chapel account books, 1926-1937.

Description and Travel

Aerial photograph of Presaddfed Burial Chamber, Bodedern - on the People's Collection Wales site

Bodedern - on wikipedia

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Bodedern which are provided by:



A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833

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

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

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



Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • A view along Church Street, Bodedern. People are standing at the side of the road and the Crown Hotel is visible to the right of the picture, c1875
  • Harri Bach, Bodedern. A man on crutches, standing next to a donkey and cart. Two boys are sitting on the cart. (No date)

Land and Property

Held at Anglesey Records Office (NRA)

  • Bodedern Community Council;- 1888-1995: records, accounts, minutes
  • Bodedern land tax;- 1745-1814: assessments
  • Bodedern Parish;- 1695-1985: records; 1853-1963: baptism register
  • Bodedern tithes;- 1924: Tithe Rent Charge account books
  • Bodedern window tax;- 1751-60: assessments


Bodedern: Cattle Sale in the Street - on the People's Collection Wales site


Public Records

Details of extant records on the Archives Network Wales site

  • A miscellaneous collection of material relating to Bodedern parish, consisting of: Accounts of the overseers of the poor, 1824 - 1848 Account book of the surveyor of highways, 1842 - 1847 Rate book, 1859 - 1860 Summary of the accounts of the parish church, 1906 - 1907 Records of the Edeyrn Lodge of the Independent order of Good Templars, 1873 - 1876, 1903 - 1929 Minute book of the Memorial Hall Committee, 1922 - 1930 Account book of Saron Congregational Chapel, 1925 - 1946