Tal-y-llyn / Talyllyn


"TALYLLYN, a parish in the hundred of Estimaner, county Merioneth, 5 miles S.W. of Dolgelly, its post town, and 8 from Machynlleth. The village is situated on the river Mathew, under Cader-Idris and Arran-y-Gessel. The parish, which is of large extent, comprising 36,000 acres, includes Cedris, Ceuswyn, Corris, Llanerchgoediog, and Ystradgwyn. There are numerous ranges of slaty hills, affording only bare sheep walks. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the woollen manufacture. Llyn Mwyngil is famed for its trout and eel fishing. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Bangor, value £84, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. There is also a district church at Corris, the living of which is a perpetual curacy The parochial charities produce about £4 per annum." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



Mitchell, Victor. Talyllyn : 50 years of change. Midhurst : Middleton, 2000. 96p. Great Railway eras

Official guide Tywyn Meirionnydd, Gwynedd : home of the Talyllyn Railway. 5th ed. Tywyn : Tywyn and District Publicity Bureau, [1985]. 114p

Rolt, L T C. Talyllyn adventure. Newton Abbott : David & Charles, 1971.  289p. Originally published, London: Constable, 1953.

White, Christopher. Forty years of the Talyllyn Railway. [Leicester] : AB Publishing, [1991] 48p


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 15182 acres; Population 608 males, 515 females, total 1123

  • Talyllyn Parish Church, Corris       Attendance - afternoon 50  Services in Welsh        "No morning service. Having to serve a Church 3 miles distant, which service I alternate at 10am and 2pm"   Ellis Roberts Pring, Perpetual Curate
  • Cwrt Chapel, Calvinistic Methodist           Erected 1806      Not used exclusively as a place of worship    Not a separate building           Attendance - morning 41 scholars, afternoon 104, evening 63     John Vaughan, Elder, Maesllan
  • Aberllefwy Chapel, Calvinistic Methodist           Erected before 1840              Attendance - morning 78 scholars, afternoon 154, evening 84          Saml. Williams, Elder, Ffynonbadarn, Corris
  • Carmell, Corris, Talyllin, Wesleyan Methodist          Erected 1810            Attendance - morning 100, afternoon 112 scholars, evening 200               J Herbert, Wesleyan Minister, Machynlleth
  • Capel Rehoboth, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist           Erected before 1800             Attendance - morning 185, afternoon 142 scholars, evening 262           Humphrey Davies, Elder, Abereorris
  • Ystradgwyn Chapel, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist          Erected before 1800           Attendance - morning 38, afternoon 41 scholars, evening 47          John Owen, Steward, Tyn y Maes
  • Capel Penygraig, Independent            Erected 1851             Attendance - morning 29 scholars, afternoon 59, evening 36               William Williams, Deacon
  • Abertrenant, Talyllyn, Calvinistic Methodist          Erected 1830            Attendance - morning 63, afternoon 52, evening 41                Hugh Owen, Elder, Tyna, Towyn

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Corris  section (in Welsh) has been extracted       Also Aberllefeni chapel

Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales  site

  • Tal-y-Llyn Church 2001 
  • Gravestones, Tal-y-llyn.39 items

Church Records

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


Description & Travel

Talyllyn Railway - data and access

Narrow Gauge Heaven - Talyllyn Railway Picture Gallery

Talyllyn Railway - on Wikipedia

Talyllyn Railway various  - on the People's Collection Wales  site

Various landscapes  - on the People's Collection Wales  site

You can see pictures of Tal-y-llyn / Talyllyn which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Tal-y-llyn / Talyllyn has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Horse and carriage at Talyllyn Lake, c 1907  - on the People's Collection Wales site

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

  • Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society, records 1960-1975      "The Talyllyn Railway, a narrow gauge railway in the Taly-y-llyn valley, ran from Bryneglwys Slate Quarry, near Abergynolwyn, Merionethshire, to the coast at Tywyn, Merionethshire, linking up with the national railway network............"
  • Talyllyn Railway Collection  1865-1994    "Slate was first quarried at Bryneglwys Slate Quarry, near Abergynolwyn, Merionethshire, in the 1840s by John Pughe of Aberdyfi, Cardiganshire. In 1864, the quarry was leased by William McConnel's Aberdovey Slate Company Limited. McConnel(1809-1902) and his son were the instigators of Talyllyn Railway..............."


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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH744106 (Lat/Lon: 52.678312, -3.85972), Tal-y-llyn / Talyllyn which are provided by: