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Clynnog Vawr, Carnarvonshire

Historical Description

Clynnog or Clynnog Fawr, a village and a parish in Carnarvonshire. The village stands on Carnarvon Bay, 4½ miles WSW of Pen-y-groes station on the Carnarvonshire branch of the L. & N.W.R., and 9½ SSW of Carnarvon. It has a post office under Carnarvon; money order office, Trevor; telegraph office, Pen-y-groes. The parish comprises 11,983 acres with 280 of adjacent tidal water and foreshore. The coast and much of the interior are picturesque. A large cromlech is at Bachwen, about half a mile from the village. A monastery was founded at the village in 616 by St Beuno, who died a hermit here. A spring in the vicinity, called St Beuno's Well, was formerly noted for its healing virtues. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bangor. The titlie rent charge is divided between the vicar and the principal of Jesus College, Oxford, the College being the patron. The church was erected in the reign of Henry VII., and is cruciform, with a square tower; it is considered to be the finest ecclesiastical building in North Wales, was once collegiate, and contains altar-tombs of the Glynnes and Twisle-tons, stone stalls, and a very ancient oaken chest, which was used for receiving offerings to St Beuno. The chancel is divided from the nave by a beautifully carved rood-loft, under which is a row of stalls of carved oak. There is also a good carved timber roof. From the tower porch a passage runs SW to St Beuno's chapel, which is thus partly separated from the church. It has beautifully designed windows, and the tomb of St Beuno (the founder), which was resorted to for the cure of diseases. There are chapels for Calvinistic Methodists.

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.

Civil Registration

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

For births, marriages, and deaths in Clynnog Vawr from 1837 to 1937 you should search for the Carnarvon Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Clynnog Vawr from 1937 to 1974 you should search for the Caernarvon 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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