"A parish in the Union of St. Asaph, higher division of the hundred of Isaled, county of Denbigh; 8 miles (W) from Denbigh, containing 1383 inhabitants. ..... The village is pleasantly situated at the head of the river Aled, which rises in Llyn Aled at no great distance, and in its course through the vale forms some interesting and picturesque cascades. The parish comprises a very considerable tract of arable and pasture land, of which by far the greater portion is enclosed; the soil, though various, is tolerably fertile. The surrounding scenery is almost totally devoid of natural beauty, and the country adjacent presents little more than an uninviting prospect of dreary wastes and mountains beyond." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish of Llansannan comprised the townships of Treflach, Mostyn and Hendreunig, Llansannan, Rhydeidon, Beidiog, Penaled (or Pennant Aled), Llysaled, Archwedlog, Chwibren, Hescin, Deunant, Arllwyd, and Grugor; with a total area of 18,473 acres.
However, by an Order in Council on July 21st, 1855, the new parish of Bylchau was created; and the township of Grugor, with portions of Archwedlog and Deunant (a total area of 2873 acres) were transferred from Llansannan to Bylchau.



  • Davies, Rhiannon.    Llansannan born and bred         Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 60 (Spring 2009), p. 8-15
  • Edwards, Elwyn.   Dafydd Jones, Llansannan, 1907-1994          Barddas (Cymdeithas Gerdd Dafod), Rhif 301 (Tachwedd/Rhagfyr 2008 / Ionawr 2009), p. 22-23
  • Enwogion Plwyf Llansannan, Tudur Aled, William Salesbury, Henry Rees, Gwilym Hiraethog, Iorwerth Glan Aled :         [1899?]
  • Hanes cychwynol eglwysi Bedyddiedig Fforddlas, Llansannan, a Llanelian / dan olygiaeth R. P. Jones (Perorfryn), Ffestiniog.         [Ffestiniog : Undeb Bedyddwyr Dyffryn Conwy a Ffestiniog], 1915.
  • Jones, Emyr Wyn.      Edward Parry, 1723-1786, Llansannan         Traethodydd (Denbigh, Wales), Cyf. 142 (1987), p. 23-37
  • Jones, Gwyn.    Llansannan church          Trafodion (Denbighshire Historical Society), Vol. 57 (2009), p. 50-55
  • Jones, R.      Cofiant y diweddar Thomas Jones, Llansannan        R.  Jones (Trebor Aled).  buddygol yn Eisteddfod Gadeiriol Llansannan, Mehefin 4ydd, 1900.    Llangollen : Argraffwyd gan W. Williams, [1901?]
  • Jones, Robert Wynne  Llansannan. (Hedd Molwynog)    dan olygiad R. Ellis.    Hanes hen furddynod plwyf Llansannan        Conwy [Conway] : Argraffwyd gan R. E. Jones a'i Frodyr, 1910.
  • Jones, R Wynn   (Lloffwr Llen)      Plwyf Llansannan ; o dan olygiaeth R. Ellis.         Conwy : R.E. Jones, 1911.
  • Lowe, W. Bezant .      Llansannan     Llanfairfechan : printed for the author [at the Caxton Press], 1915.
  • Owen, Goronwy Prys.         Edward Parry, Llansannan         Y Cylchgrawn Efengylaidd. 23/5 (Medi/Hyd. 1986), p. 12-14
  • Owen, Robert.    Llansannan fel y mae         Lleufer, Cyf. 11, rh. 2 (Haf 1955), t. 81-82.
  • Parry, Rhiannon.    Y diweddar Mrs Gwen Wyn Jones, Llansannan       Allwedd y tannau. Rhif 56 (Gwanwyn 1997), t. 64-65.
  • Pedigree of the family of Myddelton of Gwaynynog, Garthgynan and Llansannan, all in the County of Denbigh / attempted by W.M. Myddelton.    Horncastle, Lincs. : privately printed [by] W.K. Morton & Sons, 1910.
  • The registers of the parish of Llansannan 1667-1812  [transcribed by Robert Ellis].         Liverpool : Printed by I. Foulkes, 1904.
  • Wynne-Woodhouse, Bill.       Inscriptions in Llansannan churchyard    2nd ed.         Llansannan : Eirlys Wynne-Woodhouse, 1994.

Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SH 934658.
The church was founded by St. Sannan, an Irish saint and bishop; and was mentioned in the Norwich Taxation of 1254. It was partly rebuilt in 1778. It was restored in 1878/1879, being re-opened on 12 June 1879.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Baptist deacons, Llansannan 
  • Church, Llansannan
  • Church choir, Llansannan 1897
  • (Baptist?) Chapel, Llansannan (1897)
  • Calvinistic Methodist chapel officials, Llansannan
  • Tan-y-fron Chapel, near Llansannan
  • Tan-y-fron Chapel Sunday School, near Llansannan


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 Llansannan :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Bethania Baptists 95
Brynyrorsedd Calvinistic Methodists 326
Horeb Calvinistic Methodists 130
Penycefn Calvinistic Methodists 64
Tanyfron Calvinistic Methodists 168
Hiraethog Congregationalists 59

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
1727 - 1888 1727 - 1967 1727 - 1888
  • Clwyd FHS has published full transcriptions of the registers (complete with indexes) for the following years :
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1666 - 1812 1667 - 1812 1666 - 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
1666 - 1832 1667 - 1832


  • 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
1666 - 1812
1818 - 1832
1818 - 1832

Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Llansannan was assigned to the No. 3 ("Denbigh") sub-district of the St. Asaph Registration District; which was co-extensive with the St. Asaph poor law Union.

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

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

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


Description & Travel

Llansannan - on wikipedia

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Llansannan 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 Llansannan 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

Various maps - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Tithe map of Llansannan, Denbighshire  
  • Part One: map of the parish of Llansanan lying in the County of Denbigh; Part Two: map of common land in the parish of Llansannan in the County of Denbigh

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH940635 (Lat/Lon: 53.158431, -3.587465), Llansannan which are provided by:



  • In 1831- the population was 1383.
  • In 1901- the population was 945.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]

Social Life & Customs

Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Llansannan Club (1897) Large group of men wearing regalia and band. 
  • Llansannan children on Club day 1885
  • An elderly woman sitting next to a table on a doorstep (Llansannan)


  • Archdeacon Thomas gives the area of the parish as 15,600 acres.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]