"A parish in the Union and hundred of Ruthin, county of Denbigh, 5½ miles (S) from Ruthin, on the road to Corwen, containing 962 inhabitants. It is situated in the upper part of the Vale of Clwyd, where the mountains assume a bolder and more rugged character than in the lower section of that valley. The parishes of Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd and Clocaenog bound it on the north, Derwen parish on the west, and Bryneglwys on the south. The scenery from the heights is very fine, the Clwydian hills being in the distance on the one side, and those of Merionethshire on the other, with some intervening plantations, principally of oak. There are some quarries of limestone. The river Clwyd, whose source is about three miles distant, separates the parish from Clocaenog; and there are several other streams, celebrated for trout of very superior flavour." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish of Llanelidan comprised the townships of Nantclwyd, Llan, Bryncyme, Bodlywydd, and Garthneuoedd.


Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of ;

  • Rhyd y meudwy, Capel Zion
  • St Elidan

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 110505.
The church, which is dedicated to St. Elidan, was mentioned in the Norwich Taxation of 1254. It was restored in 1859, and again in 1890.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Church of St Elidan - on CPAT

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 Llanelidan :

Name of ChapelDenominationNumber of "adherents"
BrynybanadlCalvinistic Methodists212

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.
1686 - 19951697 - 19701695 - 1862
  • Clwyd FHS has published full transcriptions of the registers (complete with indexes) for the following years :
1686 - 18121696 - 18121695 - 1811

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 WalesMicrofilmed copies
1676 - 18711813 - 1871


  • 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.
1813 - 1836 (98% extraction)1813 - 1836

Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Llanelidan was assigned to the No. 3 ("Llanelidan") 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 Llanelidan 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

Llanelidan - on wikipedia

You can see pictures of Llanelidan which are provided by:



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



This bier was used to carry the coffin of Coch Bach y Bala at his funeral at Llanelidan in 1913. It is now on display in Ruthin Gaol - on the People's Collection Wales site



"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

Map of Llanelidan parish, County of Denbigh   -  on the People's Collection Wales site

View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ115506 (Lat/Lon: 53.045638, -3.321476), Llanelidan which are provided by:



  • In 1831- the population was 749.
  • In 1901- the population was 670.
    [Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


  • Archdeacon Thomas gives the area of the parish as 5109 acres.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]