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Llaneilian, Anglesey

Historical Description

Llaneilian, a village and a parish in Anglesey. The village stands on the coast, three-quarters of a mile SW of Point Lynas, and 2 miles E of Amlwch. Post town, Amlwch (R.S.O.) The parish contains the villages of Pensarn and Nebo, and comprises 2041 acres; population, 811. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the Parys copper mine. A lighthouse stands on Point Lynas, and a signal station which, prior to the time of the electric telegraph, had one of the semaphores in the line of communication between Holyhead and Liverpool, stands on a considerable ascent about half a mile from the lighthouse. A palace of Caswallon Lawhir, who nourished about 443, stood on the same eminence as the signal station. A spring, called Ffynnon Eilian, was formerly a resort of pilgrims, and held in much superstitious veneration. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bangor; net value, £200 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Bangor. The church is dedicated to St Eilian or Hilary, occupies the site of one erected in the 5th century, is Early English, in good condition, with a steeple, and contains a screen and stalls. An old chapel adjoins the church, measures 15 feet by 12, contains a wooden altar of the 15th century, and was the scene of an annual wake on the first Friday of August. There are Calvinistic Methodist, Wesleyan, and Baptist chapels.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Registration districtAnglesey1837 - 1937
Registration districtAnglesey East1937 - 1968
Registration districtAnglesey1968 - 1974

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

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This includes Llaneilian: Baptisms from 1841 to 1912, Marriages from 1813 to 1926, and Burials from c1700 to 1812. Free to search.

Civil Registration

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For births, marriages, and deaths in Llaneilian from 1837 to 1937 you should search for the Anglesey Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Llaneilian from 1937 to 1968 you should search for the Anglesey East Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Llaneilian from 1968 to 1974 you should search for the Anglesey Registration District.

Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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CountyIsle of Anglesey
RegionNorth Wales
Postal districtLL68
Post TownAmlwch