"LLANWNDA, a parish in the hundred of Uwch-Gorfai, county Carnarvon, 3 miles S. of Carnarvon, its post town. It is situated on the old Roman road, and includes the township of Bont-Newydd. Slate quarries are worked. The tithes were commuted in 1839. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bangor, value with the curacy ofLlanfaglan annexed, £270, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is a cruciform structure in the early English style of architecture, dedicated to St. Gwynday. There are two Calvinistic Methodist chapels. The charities produce about £6 per annum. There are traces of two British camps." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


Business & Commerce Records

Papers of Gordon H. Richards and the Alexandra Quarry  - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Include; ......... Records of Gordon H. Richards, 1920-1950, including bill books, 1920-1940 and ledgers, 1931-1950; deeds and other documents relating to Moeltryfan and Alexandra Quarries, Llanwnda, 1857-1902 ......"

Llanwnda Mill Account Book - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"An account book, 1879 - 1890, in several hands, consisting of the names and addresses of customers from the parishes of Llanwnda, Llanllyfni and Llandwrog, Caernarfonshire"



1851 Census of Llanwnda. A full transcription by Joyce & Douglas Hinde in both "As Enumerated" and "Surname Order" form.


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.

Llanwnda Parish; Statistics; Area 11459 acres; population 827 males, 780 females, total 1607

  • Llanwnda Parish Church     New Parish Church, built on the site of an old one   Consecrated 1848              Attendance - morning 44         "The Services at this Church are at 10 am and 2 pm alternately with Llanfaglan, from which place it is distant between 3 and 4 miles......... when the service is in the afternoon the number of the congregation is about 150 or 200"      Services in Welsh        Hugh Robert, Curate
  • Bethsaida, Independents             Erected 1825            Attendance - morning 68 scholars, afternoon 100, evening 80             Wm Thomas, Independent Minister, Beaumaris
  • Saron, Independents          Erected 1813             Attendance - morning 68 scholars, afternoon 103, evening 120              Hugh Hughes, Deacon, Plas Llanwnda
  • Bethel, Wesleyan Methodists               Erected 1837             Attendance - morning 19 scholars, afternoon 40, evening 21               Edward Thomas, Deacon  (John Parry, Labrwr - deleted)
  • Horeb, Calvinistic Methodist           Erected 1838              Attendance - morning 206 scholars, afternoon 322, evening 294          Griffith Evans, Deacon, Hafotty

        Martha Parry, Bontnewydd, Papers - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
        "Include; ............. papers relating to Siloam Calvinistic Methodist chapel, Bontnewydd, 1902-1976, including annual reports, 1906-1976, service sheets, 1923-1963, and programmes for various societies, 1902-1963; papers relating to other chapels in the Caernarfon area, 1910-1977, including annual reports, 1931-1975, and service sheets, 1937-1955......"

        W. Gilbert Williams Papers - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
        "Include; ....... Papers collected by W. Gilbert Williams, [18th century]-1966, relating to Horeb Calvanistic Methodist Chapel [Rhostryfan], 1856-1954.........."

        • 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 Rhostryfan   chapel (in Welsh)  - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Jan 2010)            Also Saron chapel  - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Nov 2010)     Also Bontnewydd chapel - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (March 2013)

        ST GWYNDAF'S CHURCH, LLANWNDA - 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.

          Tombstone Epitaphs c. 1904 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
          "Epitaphs on tombstones collected by Urias Stephen from cemeteries in Llanwnda, Llanllyfni, Llandwrog, Brynaerau and Clynnog, Caernarfonshire"


          Description & Travel

          You can see pictures of Llanwnda which are provided by:





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

          • Martha Parry, Bontnewydd, Papers    "Include; .............magazines and other items relating to Caernarfon County School, 1908-1911, the University College of North Wales, 1907-1924, and Normal College Bangor, 1914-1934; ............ Bontnewydd Women's Institute programmes, 1951-1962; Bontnewydd orphanage annual reports, 1910-1977; items relating to various National Eisteddfodau, 1921-1962; miscellaneous booklets, programmes and other ephemera collected by the Parry family, 1861-1965......"
          • Papers of Richard Jones, Llanwnda 1901-1935    "........ a well-known figure in Llanwnda and the surrounding area. He served his apprenticeship as a carpenter with Evan Jones, Dolydd ........ lived at Cae'r Bongam, Llanwnda ............"
          • William Jones's Plas Dinas Account Book 1707-1710    "...... being a record of the activities at Plas Dinas, near Llanwnda, such as buying cheese and butter, what was sowed in the Spring of 1709. Also, references to local workers and family friends. The document is a reflection of the agricultural and social state of the area in the early 18th century"


          Jones, G. R, papurau (papers)   - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
          "Include; ........... articles by W. Gilbert Williams on the history of Llanwnda, Caernarfonshire, 1912-1946....."


          Land & Property

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

          • Rhedynogfelen, Llanwnda Deeds    "Comprises deeds relating to Rhedynogfelen in the parish of Llanwnda, 1757 - 1866. Material concerns the Prichard, Williams, Hughes and Jones families.."
          • Tyddyn Seipar, Llanwnda Deeds 1894-1914  "Two deeds relating to the properties known as Pen-y-cae and Tyddyn Seipar, Llanwnda...."
          • W. Gilbert Williams Papers   "Include; .........Rhostryfan encroachments - a short account of the encroachments made upon the common lands in Rhostryfan, 1750-1850; Notes and transcripts of records of Llandwrog and Llanwnda district; Some Old Families of Dinlle, 1500-1650; Notes on Edmund Glynn of Hendre, Llanwnda; Transcript of a Llanwnda Rate Book for 1844; A short memoir of the Rev. Richard Farringdon, (1702-1772); An Old Gadlys Family (Llanwnda);....  Also included is a copy abstract of title to a Pen-y-groes smithy and messuage of Wernlas Wen, pa. Llanwnda ...."


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

          Parish of Llanwnda, Carnarvonshire - on the People's Collection Wales  site

          You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH508562 (Lat/Lon: 53.082284, -4.228749), Llanwnda which are provided by:


          Religion & Religious Life

          Dissenting Ministers Oath of William Hughes of Bryn Cedda in the parish of Llanwnda. - on the People's Collection Wales site