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"MEIVOD, a parish partly in the lower division of the hundred of LLANVYLLIN, partly in the upper division of that of DEYTHUR, and partly in the hundred of PooL, county of MONTGOMERY, NORTH WALES, 5 miles (N. E. by N.) from Llanvair, containing 1861 inhabitants. The name of this very extensive parish, implying a "lowland champaign dwelling," is obviously derived from its situation in a vast tract of fine open country, in the north-eastern part of the county. ... The church dedicated to St. Mary ... There are places of worship for Independents and Welsh Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists. ..." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833]

See also Pont Robert hamlet in this parish



Edwards, R Wynn. A history of the parish of Meifod. 188?, 188p

Jones, Gwilym T. A headless ghost at Meifod. Country Quest 30/10 (1990), p. 41 Meifod : a century of change : a pictorial record. Llanfyllin : Meifod Local History Group, 1999. 158p

Parish of Meifod : memorial inscriptions. [S.l.] : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, 2003. 48p

Parish of Meifod : Main Independent Chapel : Register of baptisms, 1821-1837. [S.l.] : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, 2001. 32p

Parish of Meifod : register of baptisms, 1761-1812. [S.l.] : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, 2003. 146p

Parish of Meifod : register of baptisms, 1813-1880. [S.l.] : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, 2003. 116p

Parish of Meifod : register of baptisms, marriages & burials 1649-1675. Welshpool : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, c2003. Also 1675-1702, 2003. Also 1597-1648, 2003.

Parish of Meifod : register of burials : 1702-1812 . [S.l.] : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, 2003. 160p. Also 1813-1870 , 2003.

Parish of Meifod : register of marriages, 1702-1837. [S.l.] : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, 2003. 106p

Scard, M Ann. Village with a tale to tell : a journey to Meifod. Country Quest (November 1998), p. 44



Victorian Powys for schools site - Census figures for Meifod  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 12614 acres; Population 878 males, 885 females, total 1763

  • Meifod Parish Church         "Erected -  said to be in 1155. St Mary's supposed to be built by Madoc ab Meredith Prince of Powis"      Attendance - morning 80 + 31 scholars (English), afternoon 43 + 33 scholars (Welsh)        "The fees are 5d for every wedding which now average six a year, 6d for Burials, 6d for Christening if taken"     Services alternately Welsh and English            Richard Richards, Vicar
  • Penrhos Chapel    "Formerly a chapel of ease to the parish of Llandrinio - Consolidated chapelry since 1844- The new chapel has not been either licensed or consecrated"           Erected by W Ormsby-Gore Esq.          Attendance - morning 119, afternoon 51          Services in English        Samuel Whitaker, Perpetual Curate
  • Sion, Meifod, Welsh Calvinistic Methodists             Erected 1820               Attendance - morning 72 scholars, afternoon 88, evening 123                    David Griffiths, Elder, pro Rev Griffith Jones who is away from home
  • Upper Chapel, Pont Robert, Myfod, Calvinistic Methodist     Erected 1800     Attendance - morning 100 + 140 scholars, afternoon 120, evening 150      Edw Rogers, Deacon, Pont Robert, Myfod
  • Bethel, Township of Dyffryn, Wesleyan Methodists              Erected 1806              Attendance - morning 95, afternoon 70 scholars, evening 153          Robert Morris, Class Leader and Society Steward, Builder, Meifod
  • Pont Robert, Wesleyan Methodist            Erected 1814          Attendance - morning 62 scholars, afternoon 50, evening 44                 John Williams, Deacon, Pont Robert, Llangyniew
  • Middle Chapel, Pont Robert ab Oliver, Independent Dissenters           Erected 1830              Attendance - morning 45, afternoon 50 scholars, evening 85              Evan Thomas, Minister
  • Salem, Wesleyan           Erected c 1836            Attendance - morning 18 scholars, afternoon 37              Richd Richards, Minister
  • Meifod Room, Independent      Not a separate building             Attendance - morning 50, afternoon 30 scholars, evening 95         Evan Thomas, Minister
  • Main Chapel, Myfod, Independent            Erected 1816          Attendance - morning 24 scholars, afternoon 110, evening 82            Evan Thomas, Minister
  • Sarney Chapel, Meifod, Independent                Erected 1829         Attendance - morning 64 + 22 scholars, evening 92 + 23 scholars          Lewis Roberts, Minister, Sarney, Guilsfield
  • Ebenezer, Bwlchycibe, Wesleyan Methodist           Erected 1813            Attendance - morning 150, afternoon 100, evening 200            Oliver Cadwaladr, Class Leader
  • Soar, Independent            Erected 1833               Attendance - morning 30, afternoon 35             Dd Morgan, Minister
  • Salem, Meifod, Wesleyan Methodist             Erected 1833            Attendance - morning 20 scholars, afternoon 39       John Tudor, Local preacher, Leader, Steward, Peniarth, Meifod

    Church of St Tyslio, Meifod on the Montgomeryshire Churches Survey site

    Meifod Chapel (Calvinistic Methodist;seion), Meifod  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    The church, Meifod  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    Church, Bwlchycibau, Meifod  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    Independent churches on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site - Meifod

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

    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru   (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The  Sarnau  section (in Welsh) has been extracted - with translation by Maureen Saycell (May 2010)              Also Main chapel - with translation by Maureen Saycell (Aug 2010)           Also Meifod chapel   - with translation by Maureen Saycell (Aug 2010)     Also Pontrobert chapel - with translation by Maureen Saycell (Aug 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 1597, 1600, 1602, 1604-22, 1624-6, 1628-32, 1634-42, 1647-1880; Marriages 1602, 1605-18, 1620-6, 1628-31, 1634-7, 1640-2, 1649-1970; Burials 1600, 1602-26, 1628-32, 1634-42, 1647-1922; Banns 1838-1917
      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, Denbighshire Archives and/or Flintshire Archives 

    Description and Travel

    Meifod - on Wikipedia

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

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    Historical Geography

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    Meifod Local History Group panels, Y Lle Hanes, National Eisteddfod 2015 - on the People's Collection Wales site

    High street, Meifod  - on the People's Collection Wales site


    Land and Property

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

    • Dolobran estate, records    "Deeds relating to the Dolobran estate in the parishes of Meifod and Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa , Montgomeryshire. The deeds date from the time of Charles Lloyd (1662-1747), and are records of mortgages, transfers of mortgages and creations of trusts, of the sale of the estate by the Lloyd family to Joseph Jones, and of the repurchase in 1873 of a portion of the old estate (Dolobran Fach) by Henry Lloyd. Two documents dated 1878 refer to the acquisition of the other part of the estate by Sampson Samuel Lloyd, MP. The part played by Dolobran in the history of the Quakers in Montgomeryshire is reflected in letters, 1813-1829 relating to transactions for the sale of the Quaker Meeting House and Burial Ground at Dolobran"  
    • Glascoed, Meifod, deeds   "Deeds, 1690-1782, relating to property in the township of Glascoed, Meifod, and Llanfyllin, Montgomeryshire."   
    • Pontysgawrhyd, deeds     "Deeds relating to properties near the river Vyrnwy in Meifod, Montgomeryshire, 1562-1602, including Pontysgawrhyd and Pontysgawrhyd Mill."  
    • Ystumcolwyn Estate, Meifod, Deeds     1674-1854     "..............The Price family lived at Keel (or Cil), Meifod and owned property in Montgomeryshire, Denbighshire and Shropshire......."


    The boys and head teacher of Meifod school, 1890s  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    Girls of Meifod school and their teachers, 1890s - on the People's Collection Wales site