"Colwyn district, originally assigned in 1844 and re-arranged in 1872, consists of the townships of Eirias, Colwyn, and Cilgwyn, out of the parish of Llandrillo; a portion of Llanelian, and the hamlets of Graig out of the parish of Llysfaen. These limits remain intact, with the exception of the township of Cilgwyn, which has been transferred to form part of the new parish of Brynmaen." [From Colwyn Bay Weekly News and Visitors Chronicle, 20 October 1899]


This place was believed to be originally in the detached portion of Caernarfonshire but is treated here as being in Denbighshire - see the area shown on the map under Llysfaen



  • Edwards, J. Berwyn.   The Cloughs of Old Colwyn    Country Quest 30/5 (1989), p. 36-7
  • Slattery, Patrick.    Around Old Colwyn         Stroud : Tempus, 2007.

Church History

For details of these churches see Churches in Colwyn

  • St Catherine
  • St John

Nonconformist Churches

Nonconformist places of worship for Colwyn were included in the "Welsh Church Commission - County of Denbigh - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905" under the Civil parish of Colwyn Bay. Details will be found on the parish page for Colwyn Bay.


Church Records

Parish Registers

  • The following Parish Registers have been deposited at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin.
    They may be viewed on microfilm at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, and at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    These microfilms are not available elsewhere.
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1838 - 1914 See St Catherine's and St John's 1846 - 1952

Bishop's Transcripts

  • No Bishop's Transcripts have been deposited for the parish of Colwyn.


  • There are no official I.G.I. entries for Colwyn.

Civil Registration

The new parish of Colwyn was assigned to the Conwy Registration District.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Colwyn are in the format :

  • Years 1837 - 1851: Conwy XXVII. nnn
  • Years 1851 - 1930: Conwy 11b. nnn

(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)


Description & Travel

Colwyn - on wikipedia

Colwyn Castle - on Castle Wales

You can see pictures of Colwyn which are provided by:



The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.


Historical Geography

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



"North-East Wales Churches and Ancient Parish Boundaries" produced by Clwyd Record Office in 1994, published by Genuki with the permission of Flintshire Record Office and Denbighshire Archives

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH866783 (Lat/Lon: 53.289493, -3.702636), Colwyn which are provided by:



  • In 1831- this was not a separate parish.
  • In 1901- the population was 2210.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


  • Archdeacon Thomas gives the area of the parish as 650 acres.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]