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Llanrhaiadr yn Mochnant, Montgomeryshire

Historical Description

Llanrhaiadr-yn-Mochnant, a village and a parish partly in Montgomeryshire and partly in Denbighshire. The river Rhaiadr, which runs through the village, forms also the boundary of the two counties. The village is situated 6 miles NNW of Llanfyllin railway station, and 14 from Oswestry. It has a post and money order office, of the name of Llanrhaiadr, under Oswestry; telegraph office, Llangedwyn. Fairs are held on 1 Jan., the first Friday of March, May, and June, the second Tuesday in July, 24 July, 28 Sept., 18 Oct., and 8 Nov. The parish contains also the townships of Aber Marchnant, Brithdir, Castellmoch, Cefn Coch, Glanavon-fach, Glanavon-fawr, and Nantfyllon, in Montgomeryshire; and the townships of Llanrhaiadr, Benhadlaf Isaf, Benhadlaf Uchaf, Gartheryr, Henfache, Homlet, Trebrys-fach, Trebrys-fawr, Trefeiliw, and Trewern, in Denbighshire. Acreage of the Montgomeryshire portion, 10,068; population, 871. Acreage of the Denbighshire portion, 13,555; population, 1281. Population of the ecclesiastical parish, 1987. The surface is largely upland, includes some grand scenery, and culminates at the boundary with Merionethshire, on the summit of Cader Berwyn, which has an altitude of 2716 feet. The Rhaiadr rivulet issues from a small tarn called Llyn Caws, in a deep valley at the skirt of Cader Berwyn, traverses a deep and savage glen in its course to the village, falls soon afterwards into the Tanat, and has altogether a south-easterly course of about 6 miles. A remarkable waterfall, called Pistyll Rhaiadr, occurs on it about 1½ mile from its source and 4 miles from the village, is flanked and overhung by dark and barren masses of rock and mountain, slides for about 160 feet down a smooth face of naked rock, and breaks thence into a tumultuous cataract of about 80 feet through a natural arch and a mural chasm. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Asaph; net value, £300 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of St Asaph. The church is ancient, and was restored in 1882. A new church was built in 1892 in the township of Brithdir in memory of Bishop Morgan. There are Baptist, Congregational, Calvinistie Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels. Bishop Morgan, who translated the Bible into Welsh, Bishop Lloyd, and Dean Powell, were vicars.

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

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