"A parish in the Union of Ruthin, hundred of Isaled, county of Denbigh, 4 miles (SW) from Denbigh; containing 391 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on a branch of the river Clwyd, nearly in the centre of the county, extends almost seven miles in length, and four miles and a half in breadth, comprising an area of 5600 acres, of which 3460 are common or waste. The scenery is agreeably diversified, though not distinguished by any striking peculiarity of feature; the views are confined towards the south and west by loft hills. ..... Mr David Samuel, who sailed with Captain Cook, a surgeon in the ship "Discovery", and was an eye witness of his death, of which he wrote an interesting account, printed in the Biographica Britannica, was a native of this place." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish comprised the four townships of Blaenau, Cwmllwm, Hendre, and Plas.



  • Cofiant y Parch. J. Davies, o Nantglyn : wedi eu casglu gan Thomas Parry, Caerlleon.         Caerlleon [Chester] : Argraffwyd gan T. Thomas, 1844.
  • Griffiths, Eric.    Squire of Nantglyn       Wrexham : Bridge Books, 2004.
  • Hanes bywyd Thomas Edwards, bardd, gynt o'r Nant, gerllaw Nantglyn, Swydd Dinbych / wedi ei ysgrifenu ganddo ef ei hun yn ei 67 flwyddyn o'i oedran. Bu farw yn Ninbych yn Ebrill 1810 yn 71 oed; hefyd, cân am y waredigaeth a gafodd y bardd pan aeth y waggon drosto wrth Bont Rhuddlan.       Llanrwst : Argraffwyd gan J. Jones, [182-?]
  • Nantglyn.         Nantglyn : Cyngor Cymdeithas Nantglyn, 1984.
  • Pryddest goffa i'r diweddar Mr Ellis Roberts, Post Office, Nantglyn          Dinbych : Gee a'i Fab, [1911].
  • Y Parch. Isaac Jones, Nantglyn.         Caernarfon : Argraffwyd yn Argraffdy'r Methodistiaid Calfinaidd, [1934.]


Autobiography of Thomas Edwards (Twm o'r Nant), late of Nantglyn, Denbighshire, published 1849    -  on the People's Collection Wales site


Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Nantyglyn, Capel-y-Waen CM

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 004621.
There is evidence that there was a church at Nantglyn from a very early date, situated a few hundred yards from the site of the present church. The church, which is dedicated to St. James, was mentioned in the Norwich Taxation of 1254.
The present building was partly rebuilt in 1777, and was almost entirely rebuilt in 1862.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

 Church and the bridge, Nantglyn   -  on the People's Collection Wales site

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 Nantglyn :

Name of ChapelDenominationNumber of "adherents"
WaenCalvinistic Methodists216

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.
1719 - 1794
1813 - 1993
1720 - 1753
1755 - 1773
1792 - 1967
1719 - 1794
1813 - 1958
  • Clwyd FHS has published full transcriptions of the registers (complete with indexes) for the following years :
1663 - 18121664 - 18121663 - 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.
Deposited at the National Library of WalesMicrofilmed copies
1663 - 18541663 - 1854


  • There are no official I.G.I. entries for St. James, Nantglyn.

Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Nantglyn was assigned to the No. 4 ("Gyffylliog") 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 Nantglyn 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

Nantglyn - on wikipedia

Various landscapes   -  on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Nantglyn which are provided by:



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



"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

Parish of Nantglyn, Denbig - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH970591 (Lat/Lon: 53.11933, -3.54073), Nantglyn which are provided by:



Sheep shearing, Nantglyn c1885   -  on the People's Collection Wales site



  • In 1831- the population was 345.
  • In 1901- the population was 407.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


  • Archdeacon Thomas gives the area of the parish as 26 square miles.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]