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"TREVEGLWYS (TREV-EGLWYS), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of LLANIDLOES, county of MONTGOMERY, NORTH WALES, 3 1/2 miles (N.) from Llanidloes, containing 1820 inhabitants. This parish is situated in the pleasant vale of Llanidloes, and is intersected by the small river Taraunon, which flows into the Severn near Caer-Sws.  ... The church, dedicated, according to some authorities, to St. Luke, but according to others to St. Michael,  ... There are places of worship for Baptists and Welsh Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists, ..." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833]



A Trefeglwys Charter       Collections historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire   Vol 33  1904   Welsh Journals Online

Bennett, Richard. Methodistiaeth Trefeglwys, 1754-1814. (Cyfnod Daniel Rowland a Thomas Charles). Llanidloes : John Ellis, [1932?] 68p

Edwardes, Evan         The registers of Trefeglwys         Collections historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire   Vol 33  1904   Welsh Journals Online   & Vol 33  1904   Welsh Journals Online

Evans, Charles. Perllan y dyffryn : neu, hanes crefyddol yn mhlwyf Trefeglwy. Dolgellau : Argraffwyd gan E.W. Evans, Swyddfa'r 'Goleuad', 1900. 148p

Jenkins, Hugh M. The history of education of Lower Trefeglwys. [Caersws] : [H.M. Jenkins], [1983?] 27p Monumental inscriptions. Parish church of St. Michael. No: MM1, ; Parish of Trefeglwys. [S.l] : Powys Family History Society, [1993] 95p

Morris, E Ronald. Lloyd of Cefnbarrach, Trefeglwys, Montgomeryshire. Cronicl Powys. No. 19 (1988), p. 12-15 Parish of Trefeglwys : Parish Church of St. Michael : memorial inscriptions. Welshpool : Montgomeryshire Geneaological Society, 2003. 94p

Pryce, Huw. The church of Trefeglwys and the end of the 'Celtic' charter tradition in twelfth-century Wales. Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 25 (1993), p. 15-54

The registers of Trefeglwys             Collections historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire  Vol 32  1902   Welsh Journals Online



Victorian Powys for schools site - Census figures for Trefeglwys 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 18166 acres; Population 923 males, 870 females, total 1793

  • Trefeglwys Parish Church                 Attendance - usual - morning 9 + 100 scholars, , afternoon 6            Services in Welsh               Informant; J M Lewis, Registrar of Births and Deaths for Trefeglwys Parish in Lower Llanidloes District and also acquainted with the Church and Parish
  • Zion, Shortbridge St, Llanidloes, Congregational Independent                Erected 1824            Attendance - usual - morning 150, afternoon 250 scholars, evening 300       Griffith Hugh, Deacon
  • Gleiniant Chapel, Calvinistic Methodist             Erected 1823               Attendance - morning 138, afternoon 100 scholars, evening 246                "Besides the Sunday School kept in the Chapel there are four branch Schools kept in houses along the neighbourhood called 'Pont', 'Llangwden', 'Argoed' & 'Coat'..........."   Evan Evans, Secretary, Shopkeeper
  • Berthlas Chapel, Calvinistic Methodist               Erected 1844            Attendance - morning 79, afternoon 70, evening 67           Edward Jones, Elder, Tanybryn
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Wesleyan Methodist           Erected 1809           Attendance - morning 30, evening 55                   John Jones, Wesleyan Minister, Llanidloes
  • Llawr y Glyn Chapel, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist             Erected 1810            Attendance - morning 48 scholars, afternoon 139, evening 85          Thomas Rees, Deacon, Alltgoch
  • Llawryglyn Wesleyan Chapel, Wesleyan Methodist         Erected 1844         Attendance - morning 29, evening 48               John Jones, Wesleyan Minister
  • Tanlan or Cappel Bach, Baptist           Erected 1824              Attendance - morning 15, afternoon  21 scholars, eveing 42       David Davies, Deacon, Tancoed, nr Llanidloes
  • Graig Chapel, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist           Erected  before 1800             Attendance - morning 47 scholars, afternoon 92, evening 80        Evan Jones, Deacon, (?) Bewyn
  • Staylittle Chapel, Baptist         Erected 1805               Attendance - morning 60, afternoon 40 scholars, evening 80              Isaac Jones, Minister, Staylittle

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Trefeglwys, St Michael

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re Ebenezer CM Chapel, Llawryglyn

    Church of St Michael, Trefeglwys on the Montgomeryshire Churches Survey site

    The church and cemetery at Trefeglwys  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    Gleinant chapel (CM), Trefeglwys - on the People's Collection Wales site

    Wesleyan churches on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site - Zoar, and Llawryglyn English Wesleyan

    Baptist churches on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site - Staylittle

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

    • Gleiniant
    • Llawryglyn
    • Staylittle, Graig

    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 Penycoed chapel (in Welsh )  - with translation by Maureen Saycell (Dec 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 1625-6, 1630-8, 1660-89, 1695-1957; Marriages 1661-89, 1695-1971; Burials 1632-9, 1661-1691, 1695-1988
      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

    Description and Travel

    Trefeglwys, the Parish - "This site aims to be a comprehensive resource for a single parish and its people: Trefeglwys, Montgomeryshire."

    Trefeglwys - on Wikipedia

    You can see pictures of Trefeglwys which are provided by:


    Emigration and Immigration

    Venedocia, Ohio  - "The original settlers of Venedocia Ohio came from farms near the towns of Llanbrynmair, Trefeglwys, and Darowen"



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

    • Ashton family, of Llawryglyn, papers  [late 19th century]-1974       "The Ashton family lived at Llawryglyn, in the parish of Trefeglwys, Montgomeryshire, in the 20th century. Owen Ashton, of Chapel House, Llawryglyn, was called up to the armed services in 1916, and served in the trenches during World War I"  
    • Will of John Evans of Bryn Owen, Trefeglwys        "John Evans of Bryn Owen, Trefeglwys, Montgomeryshire, was a farmer. He died on 21 April 1844, leaving all his real estate in Trefeglwys to his brother, Charles."

    Historical Geography

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



    Old factory, Trefeglwys  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    Some old Photos of Trefeglwys [collection[  - on the People's Collection Wales site


    Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

    • Trefeglwys and Llangurig School and Poor Law Records            Include; .........................Poor Law Records of Newtown and Llanidloes Poor Law Union for the parish of Trefeglwys, Montgomeryshire, including: rate books, 1845-1892; Overseer's receipt and payment books, 1849-1872; and Collector's unpaid rates statement books, 1853-1883; and miscellaneous papers, 1879-1897"

    Public Records

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

    • Trefeglwys Parish and Community Council records  1826-[1990s]


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

    • Trefeglwys and Llangurig School and Poor Law Records     Include  "............. Records, 1841-1897, of Trefeglwys School Board.........."