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Llanfair Is Gaer, Carnarvonshire

Historical Description

Llanfair-is-Gaer, a parish in Carnarvonshire, on the Menai Strait, 2½ miles NE by N of Carnarvon. It has stations at Griffith's Crossing and Port Dinorwic on the Bangor and Carnarvon branch of the L. & N.W.R. It contains the village of Brynffynon and the seaport village of Port Dinorwic, the latter of which has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bangor. Acreage, 1489; population of the civil parish, 1533; of the ecclesiastical, 2512. Plas Llanfair is a chief residence. Port Dinorwic is a shipping place for slates from the Snowdonian quarries. A Roman camp was on the coast, immediately above the site of the church, and hence the name Llanfair-is-Gaer, which signifies "Mary Church under a fort." Agricola crossed hence to Anglesey. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bangor; net value, £177 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1865; is in the Early English style, of local stone, faced with Newry granite and with Wrexham stone; comprises nave, transept, and chancel, with vestry and bell-turret, and has a memorial E window. There are Congregational, Calvinistic Methodist, Baptist, and Wesleyan 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 districtCarnarvon1837 - 1937
Registration districtCaernarvon1937 - 1974

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

Land and Property

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

Newspapers and Periodicals

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