"LLANEDWEN, a parish in the hundred of Menai, county Anglesey, 6 miles S.W. of Beaumaris, 6 N.E. of Newborough, and 5 from Carnarvon, its post town. The Llanfair station on the Chester and Holyhead line is about 3 miles N.E. of the village, It is situated on the western coast of Menai Strait, where the Roman general, Suetonius Paulinus, effected a landing, and was one of the sacred spots of the Druids. In the reign of Edward I. an English knight, with some followers, landed here, but was defeated. There is a ferry at Porthamal, near this place. The living is a curacy annexed to the vicarage of Llanidan, in the diocese of Bangor.' The church is built on a bank, which gently slopes to the water's edge, and the graves in the churchyard are each set round with box plants, which are trimmed into a compact form resembling a sarcophagus. In the church is a monument to the author of "Mona Antiqua," Rev. H. Rowlands, who was at one time vicar. The charities produce about £5 per annum. Plas Newydd is the modern seat of the Marquis of Anglesey; Plas Coch is another residence." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) -



  • Flavours of Anglesey : a collection of recipes and anecdotes to celebrate Llanedwen Church, the candle-lit church in the fields. [Moel-y-don?] : Llanedwen Church, 1995. 44p


Joyce and Douglas Hinde have provided a transcript of the 1851 Census of Llanedwen (Surname order and Address order).


Church History

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 11, North Wales. Ed. by Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, UWP,   1981. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Llanedwen Parochial Chapelry; Statistics; Area 1939 acres; Population 157 males, 170 females, total 327

  • Llanedwen Parochial Chapelry (Diocese of Bangor)       Attendance - morning 56              Hugh Hughes Jones, Vicar off Llanidan
  • St Edwen's Church    "The medieval parish church was almost entirely rebuilt in 1856,........."     coflein

Cefn Bach Chapel, Llanedwen - on the People's Collection Wales site


Church Records

Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at Anglesey Record Office.


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Llanedwen which are provided by:



A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833


Land & Property

Held at Anglesey Record Office (NRA);

  • Llanedwen land tax;- 1745-1869: assessments
  • Llanedwen Parish;- 1747-1948: records
  • Llanedwen Parish Council;- 1894-1931: minute book
  • Llanedwen window tax;- 1751-65: assessments


Gwynedd Family History Society have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Anglesey (under Parishes)

Llanedwen parish in the County of Anglesey - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH514694 (Lat/Lon: 53.200681, -4.226432), Llanedwen which are provided by:


Public Records

Rate Books of Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, Llanfihangel Ysgeifiog and Llanedwen- details of extant records on Archives Network Wales  "Rate books were compiled to record details of the rate paying inhabitants of a particular area. This collection relates to occupiers and owners of property in the parishes of Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, Llanfihangel Ysgeifiog and Llanedwen in Anglesey in 1877."