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Ysbytty, Carnarvonshire

Historical Description

Ysbytty, a village in Carnarvonshire, and a parish partly also in Denbighshire. The village stands on the river Con-way, 6 miles SE of Bettws-y-Coed. It had anciently a Knights Templars preceptory, founded in 1159 by Ivan ap Rhys, and used as a hospitium for travellers; was afterwards the headquarters of a band of robbers, who devastated all the surrounding country till put down by Meredydd ap Ivan; is sometimes called distinctively Ysbytty Ivan; and has six annual fairs, and a post office under Conway; money order and telegraph office, Pentre Voelas. The parish contains Eidda township in Carnarvonshire, and Gwemihowel, Tir Ivan, and Trebrys townships in Denbighshire. Acreage, 17,731; population, 791. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Asaph; net value, £189 with residence. Patron, Lord Penrhyn. The church has been rebuilt, and contains ancient monuments. There is a Calvinistic Methodist chapel.

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

Civil Registration

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Land and Property

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