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Dolwyddelan, Carnarvonshire

Historical Description

Dolwyddelan, a village and a parish in Carnarvonshire. The village stands on the river Lledr, under Moel-Siabod, amid most sequestered mountainous environs, 5 miles SW of Bettws-y-Coed. It has a station on the Bettws-y-Coed and Festiniog branch of the L. & N.W.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.), and is inhabited chiefly by quarrymen. The parish comprises 14,857 acres; population, 1010. Dolwyddelan Castle, crowning a rocky steep, and including a massive square tower, dates from the 5th or 6th century, belonged to the Welsh princes, was the birthplace of Llewelyn the Great. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bangor; net value, £123 with residence. Patron, Earl of Ancaster. The old parish church is quaint; a new church has been erected, and there are Congregational, Wesleyan, and Calvinistic Methodist 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 districtLlanrwst1837 - 1935
Registration districtConway1935 - 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 Dolwyddelan from 1837 to 1935 you should search for the Llanrwst Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Dolwyddelan from 1935 to 1937 you should search for the Conway Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Dolwyddelan 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 Dolwyddelan are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

RegionNorth Wales
Postal districtLL25
Post TownDolwyddelan