Llanfihangel Dyffryn Arwy / Michaelchurch-on-Arrow


"MICHAEL-CHURCH, a parish in the hundred of PAINSCASTLE, County of RADNOR, SOUTH WALES, 4 1/2 miles (S. W.) from Kington, containing 159 inhabitants. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church, is situated at the south-eastern extremity of the county, bordering upon Herefordshire, and is sometimes called Michael-Church upon Arrow, from its position on the banks of that river : it extends about four miles in length and three miles in breadth,...................The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Kington, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Hereford. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, ............ This parish has the privilege of sending poor children to he gratuitously instructed in the free grammar school of Kington, in the county of Hereford. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £ 119..........." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, Samuel Lewis, 1833)



Davies, D Stedman       Michaelchurch on Arrow           Radnorshire Society Transactions      vol. 14  1944     Welsh Journals Online

St. Michael's, Michaelchurch-on-Arrow. [Brilley and Michaelchurch Parochial Church Council], [1963]. 7p


Church History

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by   I.G   Jones, & D. Williams. UWP,  Cardiff, 1976. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Michaelchurch-on-Arrow Parish; Statistics; Area 1926 acres; Population 87 males, 67 females, total 155 [?]

  • Michaelchurch Parish Church        Attendance - (average) morning 30, afternoon 60 (alternately)      Edward Watkins, Churchwarden
  • Primitive Methodist, Michael Church upon Harrow          Not a separate building    Attendance - (average) afternoon 30   "This is a private Dwelling occupied by a trades man and in which we meet for Divine Service sometimes every week and sometimes but once in a fortnight on the week Nights and atended to by diferent Local Preachers and Minesters of the Primitive Methodists Denomination"                  William Went, Local preacher and Class Leader, Carpenter, Huntingdon, nr Kingston

Church of St Michael, Michaelchurch-on-Arrow on the Radnorshire Churches Survey site. "St Michael's church lies in the extreme east of Radnorshire, a short distance from the border with England and 8km from Kington........"


    Church Records

    Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts for this parish is given on the Powys Archives page Radnorshire 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 1741-1988 ; Marriages 1741-1964; Burials 1741-1993
      Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the Hereford Archives and/or Powys Archives.  
      Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the Hereford Archives and/or Powys Archives

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

    • Michaelchurch manorial records  1754-1849      "Michaelchurch was a manor in Michaelchurch-on-Arrow, Radnorshire, on the border with Herefordshire. By the mid eighteenth century the lords of the manor were the Trumper family."


    Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive [distributor], 17 May 2001. SN: 4348.   Here is a gazetteer/finding aid plus a set of overview maps to accurately identify the position of parishes within the county

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