"LLANDDEINIOLEN, a parish in the hundred of Is-Gorfai, county Carnarvon, 4 miles N.E. of Carnarvon, its post town, and 6 from Bangor. It is situated at the head of the vale of the Cegid to the N.W. of Snowdon, and E. of the Menai Straits. The parish, which is very populous, includes the villages of Clwt-y-Bont, Ebeneza, and Penisarwain. The old Roman road passes through it. The people are mostly employed in the Dinorwig slate quarries. There are several mineral springs. The tithes were commuted in 1839. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bangor, value £305, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. The church is a small ancient structure. The parochial charities produce about £6 per annum. In the neighbourhood are some objects of antiquarian interest, including a rocking stone, a Druidical circle, and cyttian, the ruins of the palace of Llewelyn ap Grufydd, the last of the princes of North Wales, at Llys Dinorwig, and the pass of Nant-y-Garth, through which it is said Archbishop Baldwin and Giraldus passed in 1118." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
- Williams, A Wynn. King Arthur's Well, Llanddeiniolen, near Caernarvon : a chalybeate spring equal to any of the German spas, with directions for its use; also, a description of British and druidical remains, and other objects of interest, in the neighbourhood. Caernarvon : Printed by H. Humphreys, 1858. 68p
Deiniolen Co-operative Society Records (Additional) 1915-1961 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Deiniolen Co-operative Society Ltd was based in Deiniolen, Llanddeiniolen; established by 1915, dissolved in 1981.."
Dinorwic Quarry records 1809-1970 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Slate quarrying at Dinorwig dates back to the 18th century. In 1787, Thomas Assheton-Smith (1752-1828) of the Faenol estate, leased his workings to the Dinorwig Slate Company............"
1851 Census of Llanddeiniolen. A full transcription by Joyce & Douglas Hinde in both "As Enumerated" and "Surname Order" form.
|Eglwys Cris; Christchurch, Llanddeiniolen|
|St Deiniolen, Llanddeiniolen|
|St Helen, near Penisa'r Waun|
|St Mary (Ffynnon Wen Workshop), Dinorwig|
|St Teilo, near Bethel|
|Bethel Independent Chapel, Bethel|
|Bosra Welsh Independent Chapel, Penisa'r-Waun|
|Ebeneser Welsh Independent Chapel, Deiniolen|
|Siloh Independent Chapel, Port Dinorwic|
|Mission Church, Bethel|
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.
Llanddeiniolen Parish; Statistics; Area 9024 acres; Population 2460 males, 2434 females, total 4894
Bethel Congregational Chapel - see under Genealogy below
- 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 Bethel chapel (in Welsh) - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (May 2012) Also Shiloh chapel - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Oct 2012) Also Ebenezer chapel - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (April 2013) Also Bozrah chapel - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Jan 2010) Also Pentir chapel (Peniel at Waen-pentir) - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Jan 2010)
- ST DEINIOLEN CHURCH
- PENISA'RWAEN METHODIST CHAPEL
- BOSRA WELSH INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, PENISA'R-WAUN
Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at the Caernarfon Area Record Office
Capel Dinorwig, cofysgrifau (records) 1865-1866, 1870-1984 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Sefydlwyd yr achos ym 1825 mewn ysgoldy bach yn ymyl chwarel Dinorwig ......................."
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Llanddeiniolen to another place.
R. D. Evans Papers 1780-1957 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Robert David Evans lived at Bryn Mair, Tre Gof, Bethel, Llanddeioniolen....."
Papurau Teulu Thomas, Tyddynyberth, Bethel - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Papers of the Thomas family, Tyddynyberth, 1839-1979, including annual reports and other records of Bethel Congregational Church, 1885-1979; other papers relating to religion in Caernarfonshire, 1856-1970......" Cefn-Llan Manuscripts 1781-1914 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Cefn-llan was a farm in the parish of Llanddeiniolen home to the Hughes family. They were a family of Independents and two of the sons became preachers..............."
You can see the administrative areas in which Llanddeiniolen has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Quarry proprietors, the Faenol Dynasty and Dinorwig - on Slatesite
Minute Book of the Dinorwic Quarry Hospital Fund 1916-1925 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
Bron y Fuches Records 1842-1957 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Records mainly relating to Bron y Fuches, Dinorwig, and the Williams family...."
Coed Helen Papers - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Includes; ....... rentals of the Coed Helen and Glascoed (Llanddeiniolen) estates, 1849-1862....."
- Indictment against Katherine Foulke, lately of Llantheniolen [Llanddeiniolen], for the theft of three loaves of bread valued at 3d. from Richard Gruffydd at Cororion.Endorsed: Billa vera. dd March 1588
- Petition of Gwen verch Thomas against Owen Davies, Llanddyniolen [Llanddeiniolen], Clerk, and his wife Margarett Edwards for causing malicious troubles and the imprisonment of Gwen re. her taking earnest in her son's name for him to serve Owen Davies for 12 months - if he does not condescend then she is to pay the earnest back.........
Gwynedd Family History Society have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Caernarfonshire (under Parishes)
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH562640 (Lat/Lon: 53.153343, -4.151544), Llanddeiniolen which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- OpenStreetMap Cymru (Welsh counties only)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- Jackson Focus Tubes were part of the x-ray machine in Dinorwig Quarry Hospital in 1898. They are of particular interest as it was only in 1895 that x-rays were discovered in Germany and that this is one of the earliest evidence of their use in the United Kingdom.
- Dinorwig Quarry Hospital - Various items, selection; - Leg splint, Dinorwig Quarry Hospital; / Box of surgical instruments, Dinorwig Quarry Hospital; / This operating table was especially made for the hospital by a joiner in the Dinorwig quarry workshops./ The ward, Dinorwig Quarry Hospital / Stretcher for railway track, Dinorwig Quarry Hospital
- Rules of Dinorwig Quarry Hospital, 21 June 1890
- Pamphlet and songsheetre. the Dinorwig Quarry lock-out of 1885-6
- Photographs of Dinorwig Slate Quarry
- Photographs of Dinorwig Quarry Workshops
Vaynol Papers - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
" ..............The archive also includes papers relating to Llanddeiniolen school, 1868-1904............."