Llanbedr Dyffrin Clwyd


"A parish in the Union and hundred of Ruthin, county of Denbigh; 2 miles (NE) from Ruthin, on the road to Chester, containing 527 inhabitants. This parish is about three miles in length, and two in breadth: its surface is partly hilly and partly flat." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish comprised the four townships of Llwynedd, Treganol, Trerhiwiau, and Trebod Elgar.


Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 144594.
The old church, which was mentioned in the Norwich Taxation of 1254, was demolished in 1862; and a new church, a few hundred yards away, was opened in 1863. The dedication is to St. Peter.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Nonconformist Churches

"Welsh Church Commission - County of Denbigh - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905" lists the following nonconformist places of worship in the Civil parish of Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Llwynedd Calvinistic Methodists 76
Hirwaen Wesleyans 80

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
1650 - 1894 1683 - 1968 1650 - 1888
  • Clwyd FHS has published full transcriptions of the registers (complete with indexes) for the following years :
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1605 - 1812 1654 - 1812 1632 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

  • Bishop's Transcripts for the years shown below have been deposited in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    Around the year 1951, most of the Bishop's Transcripts which had been deposited at that time were microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and the films are available on request at Family History Centres of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    The films may also be viewed at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, and at the National Library of Wales.
    In general, the Bishop's Transcripts are less complete than the parish registers.
Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1676 - 1860 1813 - 1860


  • The following have been incorporated into the I.G.I., as part of an "official extraction" programme.
    They were extracted from the Bishop's Transcripts, not from the Parish Registers.
Baptisms Marriages
1813 - 1860 (96% extraction) 1813 - 1836

Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd was assigned to the No. 2 ("Ruthin") sub-district of the Ruthin Registration District; which was co-extensive with the Ruthin poor law Union.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd are in the format :

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

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


Description & Travel

Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd - on wikipedia

Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd - on the CPAT site

You can see pictures of Llanbedr Dyffrin Clwyd 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 Llanbedr Dyffrin Clwyd 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

Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive [distributor], 17 May 2001. SN: 4348.   Here is a gazetteer/finding aid plus a set of overview maps to accurately identify the position of parishes within the county

Map of the parish of Llanbedr in the County of Denbigh - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ143603 (Lat/Lon: 53.132967, -3.281908), Llanbedr Dyffrin Clwyd which are provided by:



  • In 1831- the population was 527.
  • In 1901- the population was 285.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


  • Archdeacon Thomas gives the area of the parish as 2900 acres.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]