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Cefnllys, Radnorshire

Historical Description

Cefnllys, a parish in Radnorshire, formerly a borough. The church stands on the river Ithon, 2 miles NE of Llan-drindod Wells, which is chiefly within the parish. The parish includes the townships of Cwmbrith and Trefonen. Post town, Llandrindod, R.S.O. (Radnorshire). Acreage, 4135; population of the civil parish, 951; of the ecclesiastical district, 1287, which includes that of Llandrindod. The vale of the Ithon here is strikingly picturesque. A fortress called Castell-Cefn-Llys or Glan Ithon, crowning a steep hill adjacent to the church, was erected in 1242 by Ralph Mortimer, and passed in the time of Edward IV. into the possession of the Crown. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St David's, consolidated with the vicarage of Llandrindod; net value, £265. Patron, the Bishop of St David's. The church is small, consisting of chancel and nave, with a short tower, and was restored in 1893-94.

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 districtRhayader1837 - 1933
Registration districtRadnorshire West1933 - 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 Cefnllys from 1837 to 1933 you should search for the Rhayader Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Cefnllys from 1933 to 1974 you should search for the Radnorshire West Registration District.

Land and Property

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

Newspapers and Periodicals

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