"LLANFIHANGEL YN HOWYN, a parish in the hundred of Llyfon, county Anglesey, 5 miles S.W. of Holyhead, its post town, and 9 from Llangefni. It is situated on the coast of Cymmyran Bay. The village is a small rustic place. The living is a curacy annexed to the rectory* of Rhoscolyn, in the diocese of Bangor. The church is an ancient structure, dedicated to St. Michael. There are small charities of £1 per annum. A fair is held on 10th October for hiring servants." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



Neil Summers' Amlwch data site has an index of the 1851 census for Llanfihangel yn Howyn


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.

Llanfihangel-yn-Howyn Parish; Statistics; Area 1404 acres; Population 101 males, 119 females, total 220

  • Llanfihangel-yn-Nhowyn Parochial Chapelry ( under Rhoscolin) Attendance - (average) afternoon 70 scholars, evening 100 "This congregation is the largest in Anglesey in proportion to the population of the parish & when compared with the other Churches in this county. It is to be attributed to extra services and a Sunday school which started here about 8 months ago" David Lloyd, Curate

Church Records

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


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Llanfihangel-yn-nhowyn which are provided by:



LLANVIHANGEL YN HOWYN (LLAN-VIHANGEL YN NHYWYN), a parish in the hundred of LLYVON, county of ANGLESEY, NORTH WALES, 6 miles (S. E. by E.) from Holyhead, containing 153 inhabitants. This parish derives its name from the dedication of its church, and its distinguishing adjunct from its situation on an extensive common near the sea. It contains a considerable portion of fertile land, of which the greater part is enclosed and cultivated, and a large tract of common land, bounded on the south by Cymmyran bay, and on the west by the narrow strait which separates it from Holy Island. The new road from the Menai bridge to Holyhead passes near the church. In several parts of the parish are vestiges of the original habitations mentioned by Mr. Rowlands, and supposed to have been occupied by the earliest inhabitants of the isle. The scenery, though in some parts pleasingly varied, is not distinguished by any peculiarity of feature ; and the views of the bay and of the adjacent country are extensive and pleasing. An ancient festival, called Gwyl Mab Sant, was formerly held in this parish on the 10th of October annually, and observed with great ceremony ; but it has degenerated into a meeting for the purpose of hiring servants. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of Rhoscolyn, in the archdeaconry of Anglesey, and diocese of Bangor, and in the patronage of the Bishop. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient and venerable structure, built upon a lofty eminence, and forming a conspicuous and interesting object for many miles around. There is a place of worship for Calvinistic Methodists. A National school was erected in 1826, and is supported by subscription, for the gratuitous instruction of poor children of this and the neighbouring parishes : there are at present about ninety scholars in this establishment. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £71.13. (A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833)

Land & Property

Held at Anglesey Record Office (NRA);

  • Llanfihangel yn Nhowyn tithes;- 1928-36: Tithe Rent Charge account books
  • Llanfihangel yn Nhywyn Parish Council;- 1895-1955: minutes, financial records
  • Llanfihangel yn Nhywyn window tax;- 1751-60: assessments
  • Llanfihangel-yn-Nhowyn parish;- 1813-1996: records


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

Parish of Llanfihangel yn Nhowyn in the County of Anglesey - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH315764 (Lat/Lon: 53.258021, -4.527526), Llanfihangel-yn-nhowyn which are provided by: