Llangelynin / Llangelynnin


"LLANGELYNIN, a parish in the hundred of Talybont, county Merioneth, 5 miles N.W. of Towyn, and 12 S.W. of Dolgelly. Barmouth is its post town. It is situated on the coast of Cardigan Bay, and includes the townships of Bodgadfan, Crogennant, Llanfeddiged, and the large village of Llwyngwril. It is said that Eduowain-ab-Bradwen, chief of one of the 15 tribes, had a seat here. The country in the vicinity is bleak and uninteresting. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bangor, value £400. The old parish church, dedicated to St. Celynin, but now deserted, stood on the coast-road to Towyn, about 2 miles S. of the present one, which has been built in the village of Llwyngwril. The charities, including an endowment to Morgan's school, produce about £20 per annum. A cave is shown in which it is said Owain Glyndwr secreted himself; and on the hill to the W. of the village is a camp called Castell-y-gaer." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



Williams, Douglas. Church that still hangs over the sea - Llangelynin. Country Quest 32/3 (1991), p. 34-5


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 11004 acres; Population 491 males, 472 females, total 963

  • Llangelynin Parish Church, Llwyngwril            Consecrated in 1843 in lieu of an old existing one      Attendance - morning 50 + 7 scholars    Services in Welsh     Edward Jones, Curate
  • Arthog Chapel, Crogenau, Anglican     Private property     Licensed before 1800     Attendance - afternoon 55 + 13 scholars         Edward Jones, Curate of Llangelynen, Officiating Curate of Arthog Chapel
  • Salem Chapel, Arthog, Celynin Parish, Wesleyan Methodist           Erected c1835            Attendance - morning 47, afternoon 68, standing 40             William Davies, Wesleyan Minister, Dolgelley
  • Nazareth, Celynin, Independents              Erected c1846             Attendance - morning 25 scholars, afternoon 30, evening 26               William Owen, Deacon, Bylchau, nr Towyn (with duplicate return signed by John Owen, Minister)
  • Calvinistic Methodists       Erected c1833           Attendance - morning 30 scholars, afternoon 70, evening 50                   David Williams, Deacon, Joiner, Llwyngwril
  • Bethesda, Baptists              Erected 1835                Attendance - morning 15 scholars, afternoon 30, evening 35            "The Minister left this Chapel lately and therefore the Congregation is very small now these last 6 months"         John Vaughan, Deacon, Mason
  • Capeluchaf, Independents               Erected c1810             Attendance - morning 35, afternoon 24 scholars, evening 52                 Thomas Roberts, Deacon, Grocer, Llwyngwril
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Llwyngwril, Wesleyan Methodist              Erected 1808             Attendance - morning 55, afternoon school, eveningn 68       Daniel Jones, Wesleyan Minister, Towyn    [this entry appears under Talyllyn parish in the book)

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Llwyngwril, St Celynin Church

    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Llwyngwril  section (in Welsh) has been extracted (with translation by Eleri Rowlands 8/2020)    Also Horeb, Arthog chapel   (with translation by Eleri Rowlands 8/2020)


    Church Records

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


    Description & Travel

    Various landscapes/seascapes  - on the People's Collection Wales  site

    You can see pictures of Llangelynin / Llangelynnin which are provided by:




    Land & Property

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

    • De Morella, Merionethshire, deeds 1706-1916   "Deeds and other documents, 1706-1916, relating to properties in the parishes of Llangelynin, Gwyddelwern, Dolgellau, Llanegryn and Llanenddwyn, Merionethshire; letters relating to the sale of the Llwyndu estate, 1834; map of Llwyngwril, Llangelynin, 1866."


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

    A sketch map of the parish of Llangelynin in the County of Merioneth  - on the People's Collection Wales  site

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH615092 (Lat/Lon: 52.662993, -4.049449), Llangelynin / Llangelynnin which are provided by:



    Black and white photograph showing a plaque at Llangelynin National School, produced by Malcolm Seaborne, 1988.  - on the People's Collection Wales  site