In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Llandrillo Yn Rhos like this:
LLANDRILLO-YN-RHOS, a parish in the district of Conway, and counties of Carnarvon and Denbigh; on the coast and on the Chester and Holyhead railway, near Little Orme's Head, 3¼ miles NE by E of Conway. It contains the township of Eirias, in Carnarvonshire, and the townships of Cilgwyn, Dinerth, Llwydcoed, Mochtre, Rhiw, and Colwyn in Denbighshire; and the last of these townships has a station on the railway, and a postoffice under Conway. Acres of the Carnarvon portion, 941; of which 110 are water. ...
Real property, £1,245Pop., 295. Houses, 65. Acres of the Denbigh portion. of which £151 are in quarries, and £15 in fisheries. Pop., 1,026. Houses, 219. The property is divided among a few. An old seat of the Vychans and the Conways is under Bryn-Euryn; and an ancient palace of Maelgwyn Gwynedd, prior to his residing at Diganwy, is at Llys-Euryn. A well here, called Fynnon-Eilian, was formerly held in superstitions veneration. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St. Asaph. Valne, £343. * Patron, the Bishop of St. Asaph. The church stands on an eminence; is a handsome later English edifice, with double aisles; has a tower, with stepped-stepped battlements; and contains a Norman font. Capel-Trillo, about ½ a mile distant, is a rude structure, commonly thought to be of very high antiquity, but probably not really older than the 15th century. The p. curacy of Colwyn is a separate benefice. There are a Wesleyan chapel, and charities £14.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Llandrillo Yn Rhos, in Conwy and Denbighshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 18th April 2014
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