Llanrwst, Conwy, Wales Genealogy

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Llanrwst is a small town, community and ecclesiastical parish on the Afon Conwy in the County Borough of Conwy, Wales. It takes its name from the 5th/6th-century Saint Grwst.

Before 1974 the town was in the historic county of Denbighshire and, between 1874 and 1996 in the County of Gwynedd. In 1996 it became part of the modern County Borough of Conwy.


"LLANRWST (LLAN-RWST), a market town and parish, comprising the township of Gwydir... in the hundred of Nantconway, county of Carnarvon, but chiefly in the Uchdulas division of the hundred of Isdulas, county of Denbigh, 20 miles (W. by S.) from Denbigh, 26 (W. by N.) from Ruthin, and 217 (N.W. by W.) from London, containing 3601 inhabitants. This town is of very great antiquity, and in the year 952 was the scene of an important battle in the contests maintained at this period, for the sovereignty of Wales, between the sons of Hywel Dda and those of Edwal Voel... The parish is upwards of forty miles in circumference. ... The church, dedicated to St. Grwst, Rhystys, or Restiututus, is a small edifice, situated close to the margin of the river. ... The present structure is supposed, from its style of architecture, to have been erected early in the fifteenth century. Adjoining it on the south side is the Gwydir chapel, a handsome square castellated edifice. ... At Garthgarmon, three miles distant, there is a chapel of ease; and at Gwydir, half a mile off, is a private chapel belonging to Lord Willoughby de Eresby, There are in the parish eleven places of worship for dissenters, of which four are in the town, belonging repectively to the Baptists, Independents, and Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists, each, except the Wesleyan chapel, having a burial-ground attached." (A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833, Samuel Lewis)

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Years County
before 31 March 1974 Denbighshire
1 April 1974 - 31 March 1996 Gwynedd
from 1 April 1996 Conwy


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