"CEIDIO, a parish in the hundred of Dinlaen, in the county of Carnarvon, North Wales, 5 miles W. of Pwllheli, its post town, and 2 from Nevin. The Crewe section of the London and North-Western railway has a station at Bangor, 28 miles distant. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Bangor, value £85, in the patronage of T. P. J. Parry, Esq. The charities produce £4 per annum." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]




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.

Ceidio Parish; Statistics; Area 1081 acres; Population 83 males, 77 females, total 160

  • Ceidio Chapel of Ease      Attendance - usual - morning 20            Service in Welsh                   Lewis Parry
  • Penuel, Independent           Erected 1823             Attendance - morning 56 scholars, afternoon 112, evening 80         Robert Roberts, Minister

    See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of St Ceidio's Church

    St Ceidio Church - on geograph.org

    • 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 Ceidio chapel (in Welsh )  - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (March 2011)

    Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site


    Church Records


    Description & Travel

    Various landscapes  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see pictures of Ceidio which are provided by:



    CEIDIO, a parish in the hundred of DINLLAEN, county of CARNARVON, NORTH WALES; 6 miles (W.N. W) from Pwllheli, containing 135 inhabitants. The soil on the higher grounds is sandy, and the lower grounds are composed chiefly of turbaries. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Bangor, endowed with £200 private benefaction, £1400 royal bounty, and £ 600 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of T. P. Jones Parry, Esq. Previously to the above endowments, the minister's stipend was only £ 5 per annum, which small sum was the bequest of Owen Hughes, of Madryn, Esq. The, church, dedicated to St. Ceidio, and situated on an eminence, is a small neat building, kept in excellent repair. A singular custom of dispensing altogether with the appointment of churchwardens prevails in this parish. An average annual expenditure amounting to £82 is applied for the support of the poor. ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833)


    Gwynedd Family History Society  have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Caernarfonshire (under Parishes)  - with some links to photographs of parish churches

    Ceidio parish in the County of Carnarvon  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH295379 (Lat/Lon: 52.911204, -4.536453), Ceidio which are provided by: