"LLANWRIN (LLAN-WRIN), a parish in the hundred of MACHYNLLETH, county of MONTGOMERY, NORTH WALES, 4 miles (N. E. by E.) from Machynlleth, containing 802 inhabitants. This parish, which lies in the western portion of the county, bordering upon Merionethshire, is pleasantly situated on the north bank of the river Dovey ... The church, dedicated to St. Gwrin, is an ancient structure ..." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833]



Barfoot, James. Two halves of prehistoric shafthole implements from Caeadda, Llanwrin. Montgomeryshire Collections (Transactions of the Powys-land Club) 75 (1987), p. 96-9


Victorian Powys for schools site - Census figures for Llanwrin 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 10351 acres; Population 386 males, 382 females, total 768

  • Llanwrin Parish Church          Attendance - morning 90 + 18 scholars, evening 40 + 18 scholars     "This parish is mountainous & entirely agricultural with extensive farms near the Church, which is situated at the southern extremity - consequently only a few of the Inhabitants can without inconvenience from the distances of their residences assemble in the Church or Church School on Sundays regularly"    Services in Welsh            Isaac Bonsall, Rector
  • Ebenezer, Calvinistic Methodist               Erected 1841             Attendance - average - morning 75, afternoon 61 scholars, evening 75        "No service on the 30th of March except a School in the afternoon, a prayer meeting was held at a farm house called 'Ceninos', 70 persons present at 7 o'clock"        John Jones, Superintendent, Culfylchau, Machynlleth
  • Acher, Independent                    Erected 1831, not a separate building               Attendance - morning 40, afternoon 32 scholars             John Sylvester, Clerk and Teacher
  • Saron Chapel, Independent             Erected 1825           Attendance - morning 64, afternoon 40 scholars, evening 64             William Edwards, Deacon
  • Llanwrin Chapel, Calvinistic Methodist              Attendance - average - morning 80, afternoon 85 + 51 scholars, evening 80              Thomas Thomas, Deacon
  • Sion, Calvinistic Methodist              Erected 1821             Attendance - morning 52 scholars, afternoon 135, evening 92              William Williams, Deacon, Brynmelyn, Llanwrin

    Church of St Gwrin, Llanwrin on the Montgomeryshire Churches Survey site

    Independent churches on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site - Saron

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

    Church, Llanwrin  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    Seion Chapel, Llanwrin  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru   (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Llanwrin section (in Welsh) has been extracted - and translated by Maureen Saycell (Sept 2012)


    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 1671-1690, 1695-1992; Marriages 1671-1690, 1695-1955; Burials 1671-1690, 1695-1993; Banns 1824-59
      Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW, and/or Powys Archives.
      Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW

    St Asaph Notitiae; deanery of Cyfeiliog and Mwddwy, parish of Llanwrin 1681 - on the NLW site

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

    • Mostyn, John, Rev. , of Friog, Trawsfynydd, archives Includes "..... register of ministers of Llanwrin, Montgomeryshire, 1560-1930, [undated]."

    Description & Travel

    You can see pictures of Llanwrin which are provided by:




    Historical Geography

    You can see the administrative areas in which Llanwrin 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;

    • Hengwrt-Uchaf collection       "Deeds, 1641-1912, relating to the Hengwrt-uchaf estate mainly in Llanfachreth, Merionethshire, and Llanwrin, Montgomeryshire"  
    • Fronfelen estate, deeds      "Records of the Fronfelen estate, 1810-1898, comprising deeds relating to property in Llanwrin, Montgomeryshire, and Pennal, Merionethshire, 1810-1898; miscellaneous death certificates and parish register extracts, 1846-1858."


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

    Victorian Powys for schools site - Map of Llanwrin in 1837, and 1903

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH795060 (Lat/Lon: 52.638618, -3.782044), Llanwrin which are provided by:


    Public Records

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

    • Parish and Community Council records  1894-1987


    Llanwrin school 1938/71  - on the People's Collection Wales site