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Llanaelhaiarn, Carnarvonshire

Historical Description

Llanaelhaiarn or Llanhairn, a parish, with a small village, in Carnarvonshire, in the Lleyn peninsula, 5¼ miles NW by W of Chwilog station on the Carnarvonshire section of the L. & N.W.R., and 6 N by E of Pwllheli. It has a post office under Chwilog (R.S.O.); money order office, Trevor; telegraph office, Four Crosses. Acreage, 6658; population, 1293. Y Eeifl (The Rivals) are on the coast; they rise with great abruptness to an altitude of 1887 feet, and as seen from the head of the pass near the village they present a magnificent escarpment of frowning precipices. In the peak next to the sea are extensive granite quarries employing about 400 men, and at the foot is the village of Trevor, with a population of about 800; here a church has been erected. The ancient fortified British town of Tre'r Ceiri is within the fastnesses of these mountains, and though utterly unknown to record is one of the most interesting and perfect antiquities of its class in the kingdom. It consists of several groups of cells or cyttiau, surrounded by a wall inclosing upwards of 5 acres, being more than 300 yards from E to W. The inner wall, which is very perfect, is in many places 15 feet high and in some 16 feet broad, and has a parapet and walk upon it. There are nine groups of cells of various forms-round, oval, oblong, square, and in some instances a combination of hexagonal chambers leading to a circular one. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bangor; net value, £205. Patron, the Bishop of Bangor. The church stands on cliffs overlooking Carnarvon Bay, and is Perpendicular and cruciform. It has been beautifully restored. The " inscribed stone of Llanael-haiarn " has been preserved in the wall.

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 districtPwllheli1837 - 1937
Registration districtPwllheli & Portmadoc1937 - 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 Llanaelhaiarn from 1837 to 1937 you should search for the Pwllheli Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Llanaelhaiarn from 1937 to 1974 you should search for the Pwllheli & Portmadoc Registration District.

Land and Property

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

Newspapers and Periodicals

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