Llangefni, Anglesey

Historical Description

Llangefni, a market-town and a parish in Anglesey. The town stands on the river Cefni, on the Roman road to Holy-head, and on the Anglesey Central branch of the L. & N.W.R., in a pleasant vale, 9 miles W by S of Beaumaris, has a station on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.) It was only a small hamlet in the latter part of the 18th century, but has risen to provincial importance in consequence of its situation as a marketing centre. It formerly united with Beaumaris, Holyhead, and Amlwch in sending a member to Parliament, but in 1885 was merged in the county for parliamentary purposes. It is a seat of petty sessions and county courts. The Cefni is crossed here by two bridges, each of two arches. The town has a town-hall, a market-hall, three banks, a church, and Baptist, Congregational, Wesleyan, and Calvinistic Methodist chapels. Leather-currying is carried on. The church is dedicated to St Cyngar, was rebuilt in 1824, and includes an ancient inscribed stone., A weekly market is held on Thursday; fairs are held monthly. The parish comprises 2510 acres; population of the civil parish, 1624; of the ecclesiastical, 1756. Tregamedd, about a mile from the town, succeeded a mansion of the 13th century, was itself built in the time of Henry VII., and is now a farmhouse. Ednyfed Fychan, the minister of Llewelyn, and the ancestor of the Tudors, resided at Tregamedd, and his grandson, Sir Gruffydd Llwyd, who eventually suffered death by command of Edward I. at Rhyddlan Castle, was born there, and sustained a siege in the fortified mansion. The living is a rectory, united with the perpetual curacy of Tregaian, in the diocese of Bangor; net value, £188 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Bangor.

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 district Anglesey (1837-1937)
Registration district Anglesey East (1937-1968)
Registration district Anglesey (1968-1974)

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Church Records

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This includes Llangefni: Baptisms from 1793 to 1912, Marriages from 1813 to 1925, and Burials from c1600 to 1975. Free to search.

Civil Registration

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Land and Property

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CountyIsle of Anglesey
Postal districtLL77
Post TownRhosneigr