"LLANBEDR, a parish in the hundred of Ardudwy, county Merioneth, 2 miles S.E. of Harlech, its post town, and 10 N.W. of Dolgelly. It is situated on the banks of the river Artro, and is a favourite resort of fishing parties, being considered, next to Tal-y-Llyn, the best fishing station in Merionethshire. The parish includes the township of Gwyn Fryn. Manganese is obtained in the hills. Llanbedr is a little wood-embosomed village, containing a roadside inn called the Victoria, much frequented by tourists. The living is a curacy annexed to the rectory of Llandanwg, in the diocese of Bangor. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. The parochial endowments produce about £46 per annum, the principal of which is for Parry's school. There are remains of two cromlechs." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



Lewis, William G A. Col yr encilion : "Llanbedr a'r cylch yn hanesyddol, cymdeithasol, gwladol, a chrefyddol fel ag yr oedd haner can' mlynedd yn ol. Abermaw : argraffwyd gan Morris G. Roberts, 1907. 13p. Traethawd arobryn yn Nghylchwyl Lenyddol Llanbedr, Meirionydd, Llun y Pasg, 1907

Lloyd, Lewis. The Pugh family of Llanfair and Llanbedr, 1775-1900. Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society 11/1 (1990), p. 59-93

Lloyd, Lewis. The rise of a native middle class : the Pugh family of Llanfair and Llanbedr, 1775-1900. Second stages in researching Welsh ancestry, p. 253-275

St. Peter's news : a mini newsletter for everyone interested in the Parish of Llanbedr. Harlech : Parish of Llanbedr, 1995-. Bi-monthly


Church History

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 11, North Wales. Ed. by Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, UWP,   1981. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Parish statistics; Area 7312 acres; Population 173 males, 193 females, total 366

  • All the returns for this district (Festiniog) are missing
  • There are places of worship for Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists (Lewis 1849)

    Church Records

    Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at Merioneth Record Office.


    Description and Travel

    Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales  site

    You can see pictures of Llanbedr which are provided by:





    Papers of David John Williams of Llanbedr (1886-1950), local historian and children's author  - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales


    Historical Geography

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


    Land and Property

    Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales  for the following;

    • Merionethshire (Samuel Griffith) Deeds 1508-1706 (acquired [early 20th century])      "Deeds and documents, 1508-1706, relating to the parishes of Llanbedr and Llandecwyn "


    Gwynedd Family History Society  have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Merionethshire (under Parishes)  - with some links to photographs of parish churches

    The parish of Llanbedr, Merionethshire - on the People's Collection Wales  site

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH639288 (Lat/Lon: 52.839788, -4.022369), Llanbedr which are provided by: