Llanddeiniolen  Caernarvonshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Llanddeiniolen like this:

LLANDDEINIOLEN, a parish in the district and county of Carnarvon; including the upper part of the vale of the Cegid and some of the N spurs of Snowdon, 4¼ miles NE of Carnarvon r. station. It contains the villages of Ebenezer, Penisarwain, and Clwt-y-Bont; and it has three post offices, of the names of Llanddeiniolen, Ebenezer, and Penisarwain, under Carnarvon. ...

Acres, 9,024. Real property, £30,875; of which £25,587 are in quarries. Pop. in 1801,1,039; in 1831,2,610; in 1851,4,894; in 1861,5,747. Houses, 1,236. The increase of pop. aroso from the extension of slate-quarrying. The property is not much divided. The Dinorwig-slate quarries here, and in the contiguous parish of Llanberis, belong to the heirs of Assheton Smith, Esq., and employ a large proportion of the inhabitants. Vaenol and Bryntirion are chief residences; and the former belongs to the heirs of Mr. Smith. Llys-Dinorwig was a palace of Llewelyn ap Grufydd, the last king of North Wales, and is now a ruin. Dinas-Dinorwig camp is one of the largest ancient fortified posts in the county; is situated on an eminence, a short distance SE of the church; and is of oval shape, surrounded by two ditches, with a lofty intervening bank. Nant-y-Garth pass is adjacent to Vaenol; and was traversed, in 1118 by Archbishop Baldwin and Giraldus. Penllyn was the abode of Margaret Uch Evan, called ' ' the queen of the lakes, ''and noted as an eminent hunter, fisher, wrestler, mechanic, and musician. The Ffynon-Cegid-Arthur well is at the head of the Cegid river. There are a rocking-stone, a Druidical circle and cyttiau, and vestiges of several ancient British fortifications, and of a Roman road. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bangor. Value, £305.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is good; and near it are some yews 28 feet in girth. The p. curacy of Llandinorwig is a separate benefice.

Llanddeiniolen through time

Llanddeiniolen is now part of Gwynedd district. Click here for graphs and data of how Gwynedd has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Llanddeiniolen itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Llanddeiniolen, in Gwynedd and Caernarvonshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 22nd November 2019

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