Crugion / Criggion


"CRIGGION, (or Cruggion), a township in the parish of Alberbury, hundred of Cawrse, in the county of Montgomery, 9 miles N.E. of Welshpool. It is situated on the river Severn, and is supposed by some antiquaries to be the spot where Caractacus was finally vanquished by Ostorius Scapula. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Hereford, value £108, in the patronage of V. Vickers, Esq. On Breiddon Hill, under which this village stands, is the Rodney pillar." [The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

CRUGGION (CRUGION), a chapelry in that part of the parish of ALBERBURY which is in the lower division of the hundred of CAWRSE, county of MONTGOMERY, NORTH WALES, 6 miles (N. E.) frOm Welsh-pool, containing 173 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Salop, and diocese of Hereford, endowed with £1000 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Vicar of Alberbury. The chapel is a neat edifice of brick, situated not far from the banks of the Severn. A National school is supported by subscription, in which about forty children are instructed. Methuselah Jones, in 1727, bequeathed a rent-charge of £3. 3. for providing annually ten coats for poor persons of this place. On the loftiest of the Breidden hills, in this chapelry, an obelisk was erected, in 1781, in commemoration of the distinguished naval services of Admiral Lord Rodney, particularly of his defeat of the powerful French fleet in the West Indies, commanded by Count de Grasse. The inhabitants are separately assessed for the maintenance of their own poor : the average annual expenditure is £ 92. 1. ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833 )



Brown, Roger L. Poverty, despair and deceit : an administrative and clerical history of the parish of Criggion. Montgomeryshire Collections 83 (1995), p. 189-99

Carpenter, Roger. The Criggion branch of the Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway. Didcot : Wild Swan, 1990. 48p Parish of Criggion : Parish Church of St.Michael : memorial inscriptions. [S.1.] : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society , 2000. 26p


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.

Criggion township statistics; Population 97 males, 92 females, total 189

  • Criggion Church       Erected prior to 1819          Attendance - morning 50 + 20 scholars, afternoon 20                Informant; Henry Jones

    Church of St Michael and All Angels, Criggion on the Montgomeryshire Churches Survey site


    Church Records

    A parish formed out of Alberbury (Llanfihangel-yng-Ngheintyn), Shropshire in 1864. The PRs for Alberbury are at Shropshire Archives, the BTs at Herefordshire Archives

    As a guide only, the principal extant parochial church records for this parish span the dates shown below (as detailed in Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 2000) but exact current holdings should be confirmed with the individual Archives;

    • Baptisms 1829-1923, 1925-1993; Marriages 1865-1970 ; Burials 1843-1990
      Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW  
      Bishops Transcripts - none detailed for this separate parish

    Description & Travel

    Wooden bowls and sword from the Breidden hillfort, Criggion, near Welshpool - on the People's Collection Wales site

    The secret masts of Criggion - on  BBC Wales

    Various landscape photographs of the area and surrounds - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see pictures of Crugion / Criggion which are provided by:




    Historical Geography

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


    Land & Property

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

    • Criggion estate, records  1847-1969     "Papers, 1847-1969, relating to the Vickers family and to their Criggion and Offley Grove estates in Montgomeryshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire........."


    Map of Montgomeryshire parishes on Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society's site - shows dioceses

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ295150 (Lat/Lon: 52.728028, -3.045383), Crugion / Criggion which are provided by:


    Public Records

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

    • Bausley with Criggion Parish and Community Council Records  1761-1979  
    • Criggion Parish Council records  1882-1914