"LLANDANWG, a parish in the hundred of Ardudwy, county Merioneth, 2 miles S. of Harlech, its post town, and 13 N.W. of Dolgelly. It is situated on the western coast, close to the mouth of the small river Artro. The parish, which is hilly, includes the township of Harlech. The soil generally is barren and wild. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bangor, value with the curacy of Llanbedr, £194, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. Tanwg, stands close to the shore, but is now in a very ruinous state. There is a school, founded by one Ellis, with an endowment of £13 per annum." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



Haines, Gwen. The old church : [Llandanwg]. Country Quest 26/5 (1985), p. 37

Wynne, Ellis. Dauganmlwyddiant Ellis Wynne : llawlyfr y dathliad yn eglwysi Llanfair a Llandanwg, ac yng ngholeg Harlech, Gorffennaf 17, 1934. Aberystwyth : Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru a phwyllgor yr Wyl Goffa, 1934. 26p




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.

Parish statistics; Area 4964 acres; Population 346 males, 403 females, total 749

  • All the returns for this district (Festiniog) are missing

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of

  • Old St Tanwg Church
  • Harlech Capel Rehoboth  - Baptist

St Tanwg’s Church, Llandanwg - on the People's Collection Wales  site


Church Records

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


Description & Travel

Photographs of Harlech

Journey to the past - Harlech Castle

Castle Wales site - Harlech Castle

Harlech - on Wikipedia

You can see pictures of Llandanwg which are provided by:





Harlech Railway Station papers 1916-1968 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales      "Harlech station, was on the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway, situated between Llandanwg and Tygwyn. Construction began on the railway from 1861, ..............."



Gwynedd Family History Society  have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Merionethshire (under Parishes)  - with some links to photographs of parish churches

 The parish of Llandanwg, Merionethshire - on the People's Collection Wales  site

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH588312 (Lat/Lon: 52.86, -4.099017), Llandanwg which are provided by: