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Gyffin, Carnarvonshire

Historical Description

Gyffin, a village and a parish in Carnarvonshire. The village stands on an affluent of the river Conway, three-fourths of a mile SW of Conway. The parish includes also the townships of Bodidda, Gweredros, Llechan, and Merchlyn. Post town, Conway. Acreage, 2470; population of the civil parish, 584; of the ecclesiastical, 646. A battle was fought here in 880, between Anarawd, Prince of North Wales, and Edward, Duke of Mercia. A Cistercian abbey was founded here by Llewelyn-ap-Jorwerth, and was removed by Edward I. to Maenan. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bangor; net value, £368 with residence. Patron, the Dean of Bangor. The church was restored in 1868, and contains an ancient font. Dr Richard Davies, Bishop of St Asaph, one of the translators of the Welsh Bible, was born in the parish, as well as John Gibson, the sculptor.

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 districtConway1837 - 1937
Registration districtConway Valley1937 - 1974

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

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

For births, marriages, and deaths in Gyffin from 1837 to 1937 you should search for the Conway Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Gyffin from 1937 to 1974 you should search for the Conway Valley Registration District.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Carnarvonshire is available to browse.


Online maps of Gyffin are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers online:

Postal districtLL32
Post TownConwy