"LLANIDLOES (LLAN-IDLOES), a newly created borough, market town, and parish, in the upper division of the hundred of LLANIDLOES, county of MONTGOMERY, NORTH WALES, 26 1/2 miles (S. W.) from Welshpool, 22 (W. S. W.) from Montgomery, and 193 (W. N. W.) from London, containing 4189 inhabitants. This parish, which is of considerable extent, derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Idloes, an eminent British saint, who flourished about the middle of the sixth century. The town is situated in a beautiful and fertile vale, watered by the river Severn, which has its source within the parish, ..." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833]



Centenary : 1894-1994 : Llanidloes High School = Canmlwyddiant : 1894-1994 : Ysgol Uwchradd Llanidloes. Llanidloes : Ysgol Uwchradd Llanidloes, 1994. 21p

Croeso i dref Llanidloes. [Llanidloes] : Llanidloes Chamber of Trade, [1990] David Henry Mills : of Liverpool, formerly of Llanidloes : letters sent to Edward Evans in the United States of America and Canada between June 1857 and July 1861. Welshpool : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, c1999. 26p

Davies, J Iorwerth. The history of printing in Montgomeryshire, 1789-1960 : the printers of Llanidloes, 1827-1960. Montgomeryshire Collections (Transactions of the Powys-land Club) 73 (1985), p. 38-53

Gaddwin, Anthony H. Select pedigree of the Bowen family of Tyddyn (Llanidloes). Montgomeryshire Collections (Transactions of the Powys-land Club) 74 (1986), p. facing p92

Hamer, Edward. A brief account of the Chartist outbreak at Llanidloes in the year 1839. Llanidloes : John Pryse, 1867. 32p

Holden, John. Llanidloes : notes on the old station. Welsh Railway Archive 1 (1991), p. 108-9

Horsfall-Turner, Ernest R. A municipal history of Llanidloes. Llanidloes : Printed and Published for the Author by John Ellis, Caxton Printing Works, 1908. 271p

Humphreys, Melvin. The Llanidloes riot of 1721. Montgomeryshire Collections (Transactions of the Powys-land Club) 75 (1987), p. 107-15

Jones, David Ll. Llanidloes (Montgomeryshire). In The Welsh language and the 1891 census p.315-336

Jones, Ieuan E. The enclosure of the Llanidloes and Caersws Commons. Montgomeryshire Collections (Transactions of the Powys-land Club) 73 (1985), p. 54-68

Market Hall, Llanidloes            Collections historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire   Vol 34  1907   Welsh Journals Online

Morris, E Ronald. A pictorial survey of old Llanidloes. Llanidloes : Powysland Club, 1988. 300p

Morris, E Ronald. Chartism in Llanidloes, 1838-1839. Llanidloes : The Llanidloes Chartist Celebration Committee, 1989. 96p

Morris, E Ronald. Llanidloes town and parish : an illustrated account. Llanidloes : Great Oak Bookshop, 1993. 166p

Morris, E Ronald. Two branches of the Hamer family - Llanidloes district, with a brief reference to Edward Hamer (1840-1911), historian. Cronicl Powys. No. 18 (1988), p. 30-33

Morris, E Ronald. A list of headteachers in some of the board schools in Llanidloes district and also of Llanidloes National School, 1845-c.1980. Cronicl Powys. No. 25 (1991/92), p. 6-9

Morris, E Ronald. Some account of the descendants of Reynold (Rheinallt) Cleaton (1716-1792) of Llanidloes. Cronicl Powys. No. 21 (1989), p. 45-49

Mytton-Davies, Cynric. Newtown and Llanidloes; the official guide. Carshalton : Home Publishing, [1970] 36p

O'Neil, B H St J    The Castle and Borough of Llanidloes    Collections historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire   Vol 43  1934   Welsh Journals Online  

Owen, Brian. The history of the War Memorial Hospital Llanidloes 1920-1948. Llanidloes : Llanidloes Hospital League of Friends, 1998. 158p

Owen, Brian. The Newtown and Llanidloes Poor Law Union Workhouse, Caersws, 1837-1847. Montgomeryshire Collections (Transactions of the Powys-land Club) 78 (1990), p. 115-60

Owen, Cecil E V. Llanidloes : the Chartist outbreak. Llandrindod Wells : Powys County Council, 1981.

Owen, Cecil E V. Llanidloes Parish Church : Diocese of Bangor : Archdeaconary of Merioneth : Rural-deanery of Arwystli. [Llanidloes] : [Llanidloes Parish Church], [1990] 12p Parish of Llanidloes. (Memorial Inscriptions) [Welshpool] : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, 1997. 52p. And 2000, 90p. And 2002, 90p.

Parish of Llanidloes: Bethel Cemetery, Deildre Clavinistic Methodist Chapel, Eastgate Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel,Capel Bethel (C.M.)[Bethel Hall], Capel Neuadd (Calvinistic Methodist), Long Bridge Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Oakley Park Presbyterian Chapel, Bethel Street Presbyterian (C.M.) Chapel,Church of Our Lady & St Richard Gwyn (R.C.), Short Bridge Street Baptist Chapel, town inscriptions, Van Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Welsh Presbyterian (C.M.) Chapel, Zion United Reformed Chapel: memorial inscriptions. [S.1.] : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society , 2000. 152p


Business & Commerce Records

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

  • Milwyn Jenkins & Jenkins, Solicitors, Llanidloes, records                 "Records of Milwyn Jenkins & Jenkins, Solicitors, 1892-1977, comprising correspondence, 1922-1956, and ledgers and other financial records, 1892-1977; miscellaneous records of Llanidloes Gas, Coal & Coke Company Ltd, 1860-1949."


Victorian Powys for schools site - Census figures for Llanidloes parish 1841-1901


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 15790 acres;

  • Upper Division of Llanidloes parish; Population 1155 males, 1279 females, total 2434
  • Bethel Chapel, Welsh Calvinistic Methodists         Erected 1770     Attendance - morning 368, afternoon 475 scholars, evening 614                  Thomas Foulkes Roberts, Deacon, Taimaen
  • New Chapel, Baptist          Erected before 1800            Attendance -  morning, monthly meeting 200, evening 150                    Thomas Thomas, Minister, Penbank
  • Neuadd Chapel, Welsh Calvinistic Methodists                 Erected 1831            Attendance - morning 30, afternoon 60 scholars, evening 85                Thomas Jones, Deacon, Rhydygronen
  • Lower Division of Llanidloes parish; Population 1085 males, 1016 females, total 2101
  • Llanidloes Parish Church          Attendance - usual - morning 300 + c 250 scholars, afternoon 200, evening 250                    Services in Welsh               Informant; J M Lewis, Registrar
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Wesleyan Methodists          Erected 1802               Attendance - morning 60 + 10 scholars, evening 184 + 60 scholars               Evan Richards, Wesleyan Minister
  • Baptist Chappel               Erected 1824               Attendance - morning 69, afternoon 118 scholars, evening 180                   Thomas Francis, Deacon, Great Oak Street
  • Salem Chapel, Wesleyan Methodist                    Erected 1849              Attendance - afternoon 35 + 16 scholars, evening 69 + 30 scholars              Evan Richards, Wesleyan Minister
  • Manwledd Chapel,  Welsh Calvinistic Methodists         Erected 1844         Attendance - morning 30 scholars, afternoon 68, evening 49             Thomas Foulke Roberts, Deacon, Tanner
  • Park Chapel, Welsh Calvinistic Methodists               Erected 1825               Attendance - morning 85 scholars, afternoon 93, evening 100           David Evans, Deacon, Crigdwr

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re Newchapel Baptist Chapel

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of ;

  • Llanidloes, St Idloes Church
  • Glanhafren/Glynhafren Congregational Chapel

Church of St Idloes, Llanidloes on the Montgomeryshire Churches Survey site

Wesleyan churches on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site - Long Bridge Street

Baptist churches on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site - Short Bridge Street Baptist chapel

Independent churches on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site - 'Zion' United Reformed Church

Ceremony to mark the installation of a fine new organ at the China Street Calvinistic Methodist chapel in Llanidloes on 6 May 1896  - on the People's Collection Wales site

The programme for a 'Grand Concert' of vocal and instrumental music at the Old Bethel Chapel in Llanidloes on 21 February 1879  - on the People's Collection Wales site

General Assembly, Llanidloes 1867  - on the People's Collection Wales site

Calvinistic Methodist (Presbyterian) churches on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site :-

  • Bethel Street
  • Bethel St, English
  • China St
  • Neuadd or Old Hall
  • Oakley Park

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for Llanidloes chapel (in Welsh )- with translation by Maureen Saycell (Jan 2010)                    Also Glynhafren chapel - with translation by Maureen Saycell (Jan 2010)


Church Records

Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts for this parish is given on the Powys Archives page Montgomeryshire parish registers

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 1616-49, 1654-5, 1658, 1660-1830; Marriages 1614-49, 1662-83, 1687-90, 1695-7, 1711-1990; Burials 1614-44, 1647-8, 1661-87, 1692 -1840; Banns 1823-1847
    Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW, SOG and/or Powys Archives
    Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW

Description & Travel

Llanidloes Museum

Victorian Powys for schools site - Llanidloes and the Upper Severn Valley

Welcome to Llanidloes.com

Llanidloes Castle on the Castle Wales site

Llanidloes - on Wikipedia

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




Historical Geography

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



Victorian Powys for schools site - Llanidloes and the Chartists

Various historic photographs  - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Llanidloes Fair and Market c1910-1920 
  • The Britannia Inn in Short Bridge Street, Llanidloes in the early 1900s  
  • The front page of a rather worn leaflet issued in 1900 by the Llanidloes Workingmen's Institute and Library, which was established in the town in 1871
  • A government notice issued in May 1839, offering a reward for the recapture of two local men involved in Chartist protests in Llanidloes 
  • Opening of the new Town Hall, Llanidloes, 1908
  • Cambrian Mill, Llanidloes, which was destroyed by fire in November 1889 
  • Velindre Mill, Llanidloes
  • Grocery bill, Llanidloes, 1903 

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

  • Carol Vincent Davies Collection    Mid 20th centruy - early 21st century    "Mr Davies was a native of Llanidloes; he was a keen photographer, recording most of the significant events which happened in and around Llanidloes for many years. He was a member of the Powysland Club, and also photographed their outings"
  • Deposited collections  1812-1874     "During the 19th century the railway system developed in Great Britain. British Rail which used to be British Railways was in charge of the British railway system, from the nationalisation of the British railway companies in 1948 until its privatisation between 1994 and 1997. The Mid Wales Railway line went from Llanidloes to Talyllyn. ...................."

Land & Property

Hearth Tax for Llanidloes hundred, 1671 - on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site

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

  • Montgomeryshire Deeds and Documents from the Bryson Collection    "Deeds and schedules of deeds relating to property in Llanidloes and Berriew, Montgomeryshire, 1771-[1912];......"
  • Deeds and papers of the Green Estate, Llanidloes.    1702-1925     "The Green (or Green House), Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire, was owned by the Price family. Thomas Marsh Price ([1815]-1848) of the Green married Anne, daughter of William and Elizabeth Howell...................."
  • Llanidloes fire insurance policies, from Midland Bank      "Fire insurance policies, 1855, relating to properties in Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire"


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

Victorian Powys for schools site - Map of Llanidloes in 1836, and 1903

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN908861 (Lat/Lon: 52.462271, -3.60815), Llanidloes which are provided by:


Military History

Llanidloes Military Camp c1910-1920  - on the People's Collection Wales site

Various military marches in Llanidloes 1910-1920 - on the People's Collection Wales site

Infantry brigade at Llanidloes, 1914  - on the People's Collection Wales site



Victorian Powys for schools site - Lead mining in Llanidloes  and  The Flannel Industry

A range of group photographs  - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • A group of workers from the Railway Foundry at Llanidloes pictured around 1919 
  • The staff of the Llanidloes Post Office pictured outside the premises in Long Bridge Street in the early 1900s  
  • Sheep shearers, Llanidloes, 1890s 
  • Woollen mill workers, Llanidloes, 1890s 
  • Workers of the Hosiery Depot, Llanidloes c1885
  • Interior of Spring Mills, Llanidloes, c. 1885
  • Journal of Constable Thomas Jones, 27 June - 1st July, 1843

A list of local mines - on the Mindat.org site

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

  • John Mills and Co., Pumlumon area mining records     "Miscellaneous records of John Mills and Co. relating to various lead, copper and other mines in the Llanidloes area and elsewhere in Montgomeryshire, [1895]-1963, including agreements, 1898-1907, and letters, 1910-1963."  
  • Mines and Quarries Inspectorate Montgomeryshire records  1868-1938       Including  "Cwm Ricket and Maesnant lead mines, Llanidloes; Llanidloes, near Brynposteg Hill; Van Central, Llanidloes; Bwylch Creolan Mine, Pen-y-bont Fawr; Dyfngwm Mines, Hirnant Minerals Ltd; West Llangynog Mine; Dylife Mine, Llechwedd Ddu Mine, Penegoes"

Poor Houses, Poor Law

Newtown and Llanidloes Workhouse  - on Peter Higginbotham's site


Public Records

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

  • Llanidloes and District Nursing Association, records 1894-1961   
  • Llanidloes Borough, records 1879-1974


Victorian Powys for schools site - The early days of the local schools


Social Life & Customs

Various group photogtraphs  - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Llanidloes Leather Works jazz band, 1930s  
  • Group at Vaenor Park, Llanidloes (1867)