Eglwys-Rhos / Llanrhos


"EGLWYS-RHOS, a parish in the hundred of Creuddyn, county Carnarvon, 2 miles N.E. of Conway. In this neighbourhood copper and lead are obtained. It was anciently a British station of the Ordovices, and on an adjoining hill are the scanty remains of Diganwy, or Gannook, a strong castle, erected by Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester, in which Henry III. was besieged. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of St. Asaph, value £167, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. Hilary, is an ancient cruciform building, with oak roof and stained-glass windows. It contains monuments of the Mostyn and Gloddaeth families. The parochial charities produce about £20 per annum. The principal residences are Bodyscallen and Gloddaeth; this last is situated on the slope of a well-wooded hill, and contains some fine timber-work and carving." [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.

Eglwys-Rhos Parish  (Diocese of St Asaph); Statistics; Area 3735 acres; Population 369 males, 360 females, total 729      

  • Eglwys Rhos Parish Church            Attendance - morning 16 + 44 scholars, afternoon 19 + 40 scholars            Services alternately English/Welsh           John Davies, Minister
  • Bethel Chapel, Wesleyan Methodist           Erected 1831         Attendance - morning 45 scholars, afternoon 55 + 15 scholars, evening 66 + 20 scholars       Robert Twist, Superintendent of Sunday School, Tywyn, nr Conway
  • Capel Isa, Calvinistic Methodist        Erected 1823         Attendance - morning 40 + 24 scholars, afternoon 52 scholars, evening 30         John Pritchard, Superintendent of Sunday School, Capel Isa, nr Towyn
  • Moriah Chapel, Wesleyan Methodist       Erected 1839          Attendance - morning 70 + 16 scholars, afternoon 61 scholars, evening 90 + 10 scholars    Thomas Jones, Superintendent of Sunday School, Ferm bach, nr Conway

      (In 2004) The benefice of Eglwysrhos (or Llanrhos) is a single parish benefice in the deanery of Llanrwst. It is also known as Degannwy; Deganwy.
      The modern parish of Llanrhos contains the following Places of Worship ;

      • St Hilary's, Llanrhos
      • All Saints, Deganwy
      • St Paul's, Craig y Don
      • St David, Penrhyn Bay

      Llanrhos Church, Near Llandudno. (Eglwys Rhos)  - on the People's Collection Wales site


      Church Records


      Description & Travel

      Llanrhos - on Wikipedia

      Penrhyn Bay - on Wikipedia

      You can see pictures of Eglwys-Rhos / Llanrhos which are provided by:



      A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833


      Historical Geography

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



      Ffynnon Santes Fair (Saint Mary's Well) by Ken Davies. "This is a short account of the rediscovery of the above-named well in January 1994 ..........."

      Penrhynside - on the Roll of Honour site



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

       Parish of Eglwys Rhos  - on the People's Collection Wales site

      You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH803800 (Lat/Lon: 53.303181, -3.798309), Eglwys-Rhos / Llanrhos which are provided by:



      Deganwy History Group - Their website hosts a wide range of publications, written by local experts, on a variety of topics likely to be of interest to genealogists. These are available to view for free. The group also publish a newsletter and hold events in the Deganwy/Llanrhos area.