St. Beuno’s Church, Aberffraw A view looking southwest to the church of St. Beuno at Aberffraw. Attribution: Phil Williams


Alternative names: Aberffro

Parish church: St. Beuno

Parish registers begin: 1720

Nonconformists include: Calvinistic Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Aberffraw

  • Llangwyfan
  • Llanbeulan
  • Trewalchmai
  • Heneglwys
  • Cerrigceinwen
  • Trefdraeth
  • Llangadwaladr

Historical Descriptions

Beeton’s British Gazetteer 1870

Aberffraw, a village of Anglesey, Wales, 11 miles SE. from Holyhead. It was formerly famous for its castle, or palace, in which the princes of North Wales sometimes held their courts. Post town, Bangor. Nearest money ord. off. Langefni. Pop. 1238.

Source: Beeton’s British Gazetteer 1870. Ward, Lock & Tyler, Paternoster Row, London.

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ABERFFRAW, a seaport village, and a parish in the district and county of Anglesey. The village stands at the mouth of the Ffraw rivulet, on a creek of Carnarvon bay, 2¾ miles WSW of Bodorgan r. station, and 12 SE of Holyhead. It has a post office under Bangor, and an inn. It was formerly a market town; and it still has fairs on 7 March, the Tuesday before Easter, the Wednesday after Trinity, 15 Aug., and 11 Dec. It is now a poor place, inhabited chiefly by fishermen and farm laborurers; but it anciently, for four centuries, till the death of Llewelyn-ap-Griffith, was a capital of the princes of Wales. No remains of the palace exist; but a garden, at the S end of the village, still bears the name of Gardd-y-Llys or “palace-garden.” The eisteddfodds, or assemblies of the bards, were anciently held here; and a spirited commemorative one was held in 1849. The parish comprises 6,114 acres of land, and 138 of water; and it contains eight tythings. Real property, £5,044. Pop., 1,238. Houses, 274. The property is not much divided. A lake, called Llyn Coron, about 2 miles in circumference, lies a little east of the village, and is much frequented by anglers. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bangor. Value, £888. Patron, the Prince of Wales. The old church contains a very interesting doorway of the 12th century, and is in good condition. There are four dissenting chapels, and charities £24.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Aberffraw Leonards Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Abberffraw, 13 m. W.S.W. Bangor. P. 1336.

Source: Leonards Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Aberffraw, a seaport and parish, partly in the hund. of Malltraeth, and partly in that of Menai, Anglesey union, island of Anglesey; 18 miles west-south-west of Bangor, and 6 north-west of Newborough. Living, a rectory in the archd. of Anglesey and dio. of Bangor; rated at £20 15s. 10d.; gross income £967. Patron, the crown. The church is said to have been originally built in 616; the present structure was founded in 1729. A Calvinistic Methodist church was formed here in 1780. There is a free school in this parish, founded in 1735 by Sir Arthur Owen of Orieltown. Number of free scholars 30. There is also a daily and Sunday National school. The harbour at the mouth of the Ffraw, which here falls into a small bay in St George’s channel, is convenient for small vessels. The principal trade is fishing. Cattle fairs are held here on the 7th of March, Tuesday before Easter, Wednesday after Trinity, the 11th of August, 23d of October, and 11th of December. Pop. in 1801, 936; in 1831, 1367. Houses 266. A. P. £3,976. Poor rates, £656. At Dindryfal, in this parish, are the ruins of Cappel-Mair, or St Mary’s chapel, formerly the residence of the princess of North Wales, and one of the places at which the Eisteddfodd, or assembly of the bards, used to be held.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.

A Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom 1808

Aberfraw, a small town and parish in the Isle of Anglesea, North Wales, 20 miles from Holyhead, and 6 from Newburgh; containing 179 houses and 936 inhabitants. Here the princes of the island formerly kept their courts, and had a magnificent palace. It is situated on the river Aber, having a good harbour navigable for vessels of 30 and 40 tons. The chief trade is fishing. Many antiquities have been dug up near this place, particularly glass rings, supposed to have been consecrated by the Druids, The market formerly here is discontinued. The living is a rectory, value 20l. 15s. 10d. Patron, the king.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom. Benjamin Pitts Capper. 1808.

Complete Pocket Gazetteer of England and Wales 1807

Aberfraw, (Anglesea) a small town situated on the banks of the Aber, whence it derives its name, and the adjacent lands are remarkable for producing excellent barley. Though now an inconsiderable place, it was anciently the residence of the kings of North Wales, who were stiled kings of Aberfraw, and some remains of the house of prince Llewellyn are yet to be seen. The river is navigable, during summer, for vessels from 30 to 40 tons burthen, up to its quay; and most of the lower class of inhabitants subsist by fishing. This town is distant 6 miles from Newburgh, 16 from Bangor Ferry, 20 from Holyhead, and 263 from London.

Fairs, &c. Here are 4 annual fairs, viz. Mar. 7, first Wed. after Trinity, Oct. 23, and Dec. 11, chiefly for woollen cloths and horned cattle. The weekly market, formerly held on Thursday, has been long discontinued.

Gentlemen’s Seats. About 2 miles from Aberfraw is Rodorgan, the seat of O. R. Meyrick, esq.; and nearly adjoining is Bodowen, Sir Hugh Owen.

In the neighbourhood of Aberfraw are 2 curious churches, viz. that of Llanguifin, which stands in the middle of a small inland, accessible only at low water, except by a boat; and that of Llangadwalladar, an old romantic edifice, the windows of which are ornamented with ancient hieroglyphical paintings.

Source: Complete Pocket Gazetteer of England and Wales; Crosby Rev. J. Malham; 1807.


Aberfraw Anglesea Universal British Directory 1791


County: Anglesey
Civil Registration District: Anglesey
Diocese: Bangor
Poor Law Union: Anglesey
Hundred: Malltraeth & Menai

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