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"LLANBERIS, (or Llanperis), a parish in the hundred of Is-Gorfai, county Carnarvon, 10 miles S.E. of Carnarvon, its post town, and 8 from Bangor. It is situated in the mountainous district of Snowdon, the village being at the entrance of the gloomy valley of the Pass of Llanberis, surrounded on all sides by lofty heights. It was visited by the queen in 1832, then the Princess Victoria, and is considered the starting-point for making the ascent of the different peaks. A new village has sprung up, principally supported by the tourists. The parish includes the mountains of Glyder Vawr, Llyder Vawr, Moel Eilio, Carnedd Igyn, and others, varying in height from 2,300 to 3,300 feet, also a part of Snowdon, which bounds the pass on the W. In the bosom of the valley are two small lakes, one of which, fed by the river Afon-Hwch, has a cataract, 60 feet in height." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


Archives and Libraries

The National Slate Museum, Llanberis. - on the People's Collection Wales site


Business and Commerce Records

Plas Brereton Papers - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Include; ............... business records including correspondence relating to the Cilgwyn Quarry, Llanberis,1884-1911..."

Glynrhonwy Slate Quarry (Llanberis) Papers 1835 - 1916 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales

London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company, registers - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Include; ............ Carnarvon & Llanberis Railway, 1864-1871........"


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.

Llanberis Parish; Statistics; Area 10431 acres; Population 567 males, 544 females, total 1111

  • Llanberis Parish Church                 The return is missing                    Services in Welsh
  • Rehoboth, Calvinistic Methodist            Erected 1833              Attendance -  morning 113 scholars, afternoon 212, evening 233  "The Teachers are 29 in number and are included in the number of Scholars"          Day school kept       William Morris or Griffith Davies, Deacon, Beudymawr, Cwmhaelhir
  • Jerusalem, Congregational               Erected 1832         Attendance - morning 135, afternoon 122 scholars, evening 175                Griffith Jones, Congregational Preacher
  • Capel Coch, Calvinistic Methodist         Erected 1847            Attendance - morning 306, afternoon 151 scholars, evening 280                Thomas Davies, Deacon, Mur mawr

      Diary and Commonplace Books of Reverend Peter Bayley Williams - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales

      • "Diary of Reverend Peter Bayley Williams for the year 1825, containing many references to the parishioners of Llanrug and Llanberisetc ............"

      Caledfryn Cuttings - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales

      • "Cuttings taken from the Protestant , 1840, containing a letter from Griffith Jones, Llanberis, attacking Caledfryn's (William Williams ) attempt to discipline the Llanberis Congregational Church ...."

      Capel Coch, papurau (papers) [1809]-1982 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales

      • "Capel Coch was a Calvinistic Methodist chapel founded in the slate quarrying village of Llanberis in 1777....... The chapel was rebuilt in 1802 and 1846, with the present building dating from 1893...."
      • 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 Llanberis chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (April 2012)           Also Nantpadarn  - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Oct 2009) 

      Various items - on the People's Collection Wales  site

      • S. Padarn Church. Llanberis. n. Wales

      Description and Travel

      Llanberis - on the site

      Journey to the past - Llanberis

      People's Collection Wales site - Welsh Slate Museum, Llanberis

      Snowdon Mountain Railway

      Llanberis - on Wikipedia

      Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

      DOLBADARN CASTLE, LLANBERIS - on the People's Collection Wales site

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      Jones, William, quarryman, of 2 Victoria Terrace, Llanberis. ('Wil Patrwm'), family papers 1887-[1982] (mainly 1887-[1963]) - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales

      Papers of Ceridwen Peris  ca. 1882 - 1927 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
      "Include; .......... minutes and records relating to various societies and unions, namely, Cymdeithas Ddirwestol Boneddigesau Llanberis , the Temperance Society of the Gentlewomen of Llanberis, established in 1878; the Fourcrosses Band of Hope , 1882 - 1889 and the Fourcrosses Temperance Union , 1894 - 1916......" Papers of Robert Roberts, Llanberis 1930 July 22 - 1936 September 24 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales          "Robert Roberts lived at 3 Field Terrace, Llanberis ............."

      Rev. A.J. George Letters 1909-1914 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
      "(He) was a Baptist minister (at) Seion, Llanberis...."


      Historical Geography

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



      Llanberis, 1907 - on the People's Collection Wales site


      Military History

      Llanberis War Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site

      Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

      • Welsh Voices of the Great War, Llanberis (collection) 
      • A letter from the Imperial War Graves Commission requesting 7/10 in payment for the inscription 'Yr hyn a allodd hwn, Efe a'i gwnaeth' (Mark 14: 8 – She hath done what she could) on the grave of Private Robert Charles Williams.




      Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

      • Panel 5 from the exhibition at the National Slate Museum, Llanberis which shows the letter dated 30 August 1969 from the Managing Director announcing the closure of the quarry. 
      • Dispensary drawers from chemist in Llanberis, early 20th century
      • Fly-through of laser-scanning point cloud of Level 2 of the Vivian Slate Quarry, Llanberis
      • Quarrymen cutting slate at Llanberis

      Social life and Customs

      Llanberis Girls' Choir at the Eisteddfod, 1978 - on the People's Collection Wales  site