Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for LLANFAWR, or LLANFOR

LLANFAWR, or LLANFOR, a village and a parish in Bala district, Merioneth. The village stands on the river Dee, n ea r its efflux from Bala lake, and adjacent to the Corwen, Bala, and Dolgelly railway,-which was in course of formation in 1867,-1 mile NE of Bala; and has fairs on 14 Aug. and 20 Sept.—The parish is divided into the townships of Bettws, Ciltalgarth, Garn, Llan, Nantllerdiog, Penmaen, Rhiwaedog-Isafon, Rhiwaedog-Uwchafon, and Uchedre. Post town, Bala, under Corwen. Acres, 20,030. Real property, £8,235. Pop. in 1851,1,719; in 1861,1,531. Houses, 308. Most of the property is in one estate. Rhiwlas, a fine old mansion, is the seat of the Price family; and stands amid grounds traversed by the rapid rivulet Tryweryn, running to the Dee. A battle was fought within the parish between the Saxons and Llywarch-Hen. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St. Asaph. Valne, £306. *as. Patron, the Bishop of St. Asaph. The church is early English, in very bad condition; and contains monuments of the Prices. A new church was in contemplation in 1867. The p. curacy of Trinity, or of Rhos-y-Gwalia, is a separate benefice; and serves for a chapelry which was constituted in 1856, and had a pop. of 356 in 1861. Value, £158. Patron, the Bishop of St. Asaph. A part of the chapelry of St. Mark, or of Fron-Goch, also is within the parish, and, in 1861, had a pop. of 413. A part of the chapelry of St. James, or Llawr-y-Bettws, constituted in 1863, likewise is within the parish. Charities, £73. Llywerch-Hen, the poet and warrior, w ho lost 24 sons in battle, and died at the age of 150, is said to have been buried in the parish church.


(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village and a parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Llanfor CP/AP       Bala PLU/RegD       Merionethshire AncC
Place names: LLANFAWR     |     LLANFAWR OR LLANFOR     |     LLANFOR
Place: Llanfor

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