"LLANFAETHLU, a parish in the hundred of Tal-y-Bolion, county Anglesey, 6 miles N.E. of Holyhead, its post town and railway station. It is situated on the eastern side of Holyhead Bay. Here was a station of the Liverpool and Holyhead semaphore telegraph line. Fullers' earth is obtained. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bangor, value with the curacy of Llanvwrog annexed, £636, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is dedicated to St. Maethlu. The parochial charities produce about £9 per annum." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



  • Jones, G Madoc. Carreg ar garreg : sef hanes yr achos Methodistiaidd yn Llanfaethlu. Llangefni : W.O. Jones, 1910. 48p

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.

Llanfaethly Parish: Statistics; Area 2626 acres; Population 209 males, 218 females, total 417

  • Llanfaethly Parish Church (Diocese of Bangor) Attendance - usual 2/3 dozen 2 services in Welsh "Llanfrog is belonging to the same Parsonage and served by the same Parson, viz. Revd William Johnson, the Congregation in General will be from 5 to 12 persons, there is a Methodist Chapel very near and all the people of the neighbourhood going there. There is no school in the parish of Llanfrwog nor Llanfaethly only in the sectarians chapel on Sundays. The Church men in General would not filled up the schedules at the Census, then I could not get them to send to your office" Informant; Wm Edwards, R. Officer
  • Llanfaethly (no denomination stated) Usual number of attendants - morning 130, afternoon 12 No name of informant
  • Ebenezer, Calvinistic Methodists Erected 1811 Attendance - (average) general congregation 200, scholars 150 Thomas Elias, Member, Plas y Glynn
  • Capel Soar - on geograph.org.uk and "The Baptist cause at Soar Chapel... was formed 1820 and the chapel built in 1821. ..... rebuilt in 1836 and rebuilt again in 1903. " coflein
  • Capel Ebenezer(CM) - on geograph.org.uk and "Llanfaethlu Methodist Chape was first built in 1839............ modified in 1860 and then rebuilt in 1878.........." coflein

SOAR WELSH BAPTIST CHURCH, LLANFAETHLU - on the People's Collection Wales site


Church Records

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


Description & Travel

Llanfaethlu - on wicipedia (Welsh)

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Llanfaethlu which are provided by:



LLANVAETHLU (LLAN-VAETHLU), a parish in the hundred of Tal y Bolion, county of ANGLESEY, NORTH WALES, 5 miles (N. by W.) from Bodedern, containing 433 inhabitants. This parish, which is of very considerable extent, is pleasantly situated on a tract of rising ground above Holyhead Roads, and commands an extensive view over the Irish sea, by which it is bounded on the west. It is supposed to have been known at a very early period to the Romans, who are thought to have had a smelting place here, for the ore of the Parys mountain. This supposition is confirmed in some degree by the discovery of a cake of copper-ore, weighing fifty-four lb., and stamped with a mark resembling the Roman letter L, about the year 1757, and by the quantities of charcoal and scoria of copper which are frequently turned up by the plough in tilling the land upon the higher grounds. The surface is enclosed, and, with the exception only of a small proportion, in a good state of cultivation : the soil is in general fertile. The immediate neighbourhood is enlivened with some handsome seats. Within the parish is Carreg Llwyd, the ancient family mansion of the Griffiths, by whom it has been occupied for centuries : the grounds are extensive, and ornamented with well-grown timber, and within them is a lake of considerable size. Near this spot is a signal station, communicating with Holyhead on the west and Llanelian on the east, and forming a link in the chain of posts between Holyhead and Liverpool. Fullers' earth of very superior quality abounds in the parish, and the procuring of it would be attended with considerable advantage. The living is a rectory, with the perpetual curacy of Llanvwrog annexed, in the arch deaconry of Anglesey, and diocese of Bangor, rated in the king's books at £ 16. 17. 1., and in the patronage of the Bishop. The church, dedicated to St. Maethlu, and situated on a lofty eminence overlooking the Irish sea, is a spacious and handsome structure of modern erection ; and the interior, which is one of the neatest in the island, is ornamented with a good east window of three ogee-headed lights, embellished with modern stained glass : on the south side of the church are some ancient monuments to the memory of deceased members of the family of Griffith. There are places of worship for Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists. A charitable bequest of £ 38 was made to the poor by an unknown benefactor, besides which there are several smaller donations, the produce of which is annually distributed among the poor of the parish. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £ 212.9. ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833)


Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales

  • Papers of Nellie Owen, Pant, Llanfaethlu 1840-1963 (accumulated [20th century])
  • Griffith Williams, Llanfaethlu Papers;- 1839 April 25 - 1920 "Griffith Williams of Hen Siop, Llanfaethlu, Anglesey was a joiner and seed merchant. His grandson, Rev. G. R. M. Lloyd was the Principal of the Baptist College in Bangor."


The Modern Antiquarian site - Soar Standing Stone at Llanfaethlu

Royal British Legion, Llanddeusant and Llanfaethlu Branch Records 1932-1975 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales


Land & Property

Held at Anglesey Record Office (NRA);

  • Llanfaerthlu land tax;- 1744-1814: assessments
  • Llanfaethlu Parish;- 1743-1983: records
  • Llanfaethlu Parish Council;- 1831-1957: minutes, accounts, valuation list
  • Llanfaethlu tithes;- 1930: Tithe Rent Charge account books
  • Llanfaethlu window tax;- 1760: assessments


Gwynedd Family History Society have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Anglesey (under Parishes)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH312868 (Lat/Lon: 53.350805, -4.537525), Llanfaethlu which are provided by: