"LLANENGAN, a parish in the hundred of Commitmaen, county Carnarvon, 7 miles S.W. Pwllheli, its post town. It is situated on the south-eastern coast, having Porth Nigel, or "Hell's Mouth" bay on the W., and St. Tudwall's islands lying off the eastern side. The neighbourhood is hilly. Lead is obtained here. In 1839 the Transit was wrecked on the E. side of the bay. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bangor, £450, in the patronage of the Bishop of Llandaff. The church, dedicated to St. Einion, is a structure of the 16th century, recently restored by Mr. Kennedy. It contains a richly carved screen, which for beauty of design is unequalled in Wales. The charities amount to about £6 per annum. Here are remains of ancient camps, and on St. Tudwall's island ruins of an old chapel." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



  • Bennett, John. Metal mines of Llanengan : mining ventures in a North Wales parish. Warrington : Gwydyr Mines Publications, 2002. 149p
  • Capel Newydd, Bwlch, Llanengan : hanes dechreuad, cynydd, ac agwedd bresenol Methodistiath yn y plwyf, ynghyd ag adroddiad cyflawn am y Capel Newydd. Pwllheli : Argraphwyd gan R. Owen, [1873?] 48p
  • Evans, Evan. Methodistiaeth Llanengan : sef, hanes ... y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yn mhlwyf Llanengan, ... at yr hyn yr ychwanegwyd adroddiad cyflawn am y capel newydd. Pwllheli : R. Owen, [1873] 48p
  • Jones, W L. Y ddwylan : a summary of the history of the churches of Llanengan and Llangian. Abersoch : W. L. Jones, [1973?] 12p

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.

Llanengan Parish; Statistics; Area 4354 acres; Population 508 males, 601 females, total 1109

  •  Llanengan Parish Church    Restored 1847/8       Attendance - morning 56, afternoon 30 + 29 scholars    Services in Welsh       Henry Richards, Curate
  • Abersoch Chapel, Independents       Erected before 1829                Attendance - morning 40 scholars, afternoon 100, evening 60             William Jones, Manager, Draper, Llanengan
  • Bwlchy Toccyn, Independent         Erected c 1798              Attendance - morning 65 scholars, afternoon 44, evening 80              Evan Jones, Deacon, Caepwllhalog
  • Bwlch, Calvinistic Methodists           Erected 1806           Attendance - morning 210 scholars, afternoon 277, evening 240           William Benjamin, Deacon
  • Cilau Chapel, Calvinistic Methodist          Erected before 1820           Attendance - morning 86, afternoon 87 scholars, evening 111             Thomas Humphreys, Elder Deacon, Tyddyn (illegible)

        Evan Evans, Llanengan Diaries 1846-1900 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
        "..... author of a book on the history of Methodism in Llanengan, published in 1873 entitled, Methodistiaeth Llanengan : sef, hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yn mhlwyf Llanengan ...."

        • 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 Abersoch chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation        Also Bwlchtocyn  - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Jan 2011)

        LLANENGAN PARISH CHURCH;ST ENGAN'S CHURCH - on the People's Collection Wales  site


          Church Records

          Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at the Caernarfon Area Record Office.

          Bwlchtocyn, Llanengan (Congregational) Chapel Baptist Register 1813-1839 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales


          Description & Travel

          Penllyn site - Llanengan Community page

          Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

          You can see pictures of Llanengan which are provided by:





          Jones, Caradog, o Mynytho, papurau (papers) 1708-1979 (mainly 1824-1979)  - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales   "Caradog Jones (fl. 1915-1978) of Mynytho, Llanengan was Secretary of the Lleyn Branch of the Workers' Educational Association (WEA)........."


          Historical Geography

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


          Land & Property

           Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

          • Dwylan estate, Llanengan, papers 1745-1871
            "During the 19th century, Dwylan was held by Thomas Williams, surgeon, the son of William Thomas (1772-1853) of Pwllheli, architect......"
          • William Lloyd Jones Papers 1881-[1906] (mainly 1881-1887)     " ...... relating to his sale of Bryn-y-Gloch in Tudweiliog, Bryntirion in Llanengan and Ty Newydd in Pistyll....."


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

          The parish of Llanengan in Carnarvonshire - on the People's Collection Wales  site

          You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH294259 (Lat/Lon: 52.803921, -4.532376), Llanengan which are provided by:



          NATIONAL SCHOOL, LLANENGAN - on the People's Collection Wales  site