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Llanaber, Merionethshire

Historical Description

Llanaber, a parish in Merionethshire, on the river Mawddach and Cardigan Bay. It contains Barmouth town, with its head post office and station on the Cambrian railway, and also the hamlets of Isymynydd and Llwchymynydd. Acreage, 11,872, with 206 of adjacent tidal water and 1052 of foreshore; population of the civil parish, 2757; of the ecclesiastical, 2269. The surface is hilly, and the rocks include lead and copper ores. The living is a rectory, united with the chapelry of Barmouth, in the diocese of Bangor; gross value, £218. Patron, the Crown. The church stands 1½ mile N of Barmouth, is Early English with plain exterior, was for many years so greatly dilapidated as to be unfit for use, has been beautifully restored after designs by Boyce in 1860 and 1881, comprises clerestoried nave, aisles, and chancel, has a very fine interior and an exquisite S doorway, and contains a curious chest which was used for receiving votive offerings. A church and various chapels are in Barmouth. (See BARMOUTH.) Bontddu or Caerdeon forms a separate ecclesiastical parish.

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 districtDolgelly1837 - 1935
Registration districtMerioneth South1935 - 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 Llanaber from 1837 to 1935 you should search for the Dolgelly Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Llanaber from 1935 to 1974 you should search for the Merioneth South Registration District.

Land and Property

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

Newspapers and Periodicals

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