Chirk and the Ceiriog Valley in Wrexham North Wales
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A Topographical Dictionary of Wales - Samuel Lewis -
4th Edition 1849 - Glyn Ceiriog

LLANSANTFRAID-GLYN-CERIOG ( LLAN-SANT-FFRAID-GLYN-CEIRIOG,) a parish, in the union of CORWEN, hundred of CHIRK, county of DENBIGH, NORTH WALES, 2½ miles (S.S.W.) from Llangollen; containing 572 inhabitants. This parish is situated, as the name implies, on the river Ceiriog; and comprises 2274 acres, of which 800 are, or until very lately were, common or waste land. The village occupies a low and very retired situation, entirely encompassed by lofty hills. The parish contains slate of excellent quality, of which some extensive quarries are worked with profit. The manufacture of flannel is carried on to a considerable extent; and on the stream of the Ceiriog are two fulling-mills, with large bleaching-grounds attached. Fairs are held on February 14th, May Ist, August 1st, and November 1st.

The living is a perpetual curacy, endowed with £600 royal bounty; and its annual income now exceeds £200, having been augmented by the combined munificence of the Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty, and the patron, Viscount Dungannon, the latter of whom has given a convenient and valuable glebe, and contributed handsomely to the erection of a parsonage-house. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £150. The church, dedicated to St. Bridget, has been restored by the Viscount, in the pointed style, at an expense exceeding £800, and for beauty of architecture is now second to few parish churches in the principality. There are two places of worship for Baptists. A commodious National school has been some time built, with a house for the master; it is chiefly supported by subscription, and is also used as a Church Sunday school. Three small charities, amounting together to £5. 14., are distributed annually among the poor: the larger part of this sum is the rent of six acres of inclosed land, called Tir-y- Tylodion ; but there are no documents connected with the charities to indicate the benefactors. A chalybeate spring in the parish, formerly in great repute for its medicinal efficacy, is now nearly lost by drainage.   



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