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Llanelidan is located in Denbighshire
 Llanelidan shown within Denbighshire
Population 305 
OS grid reference
   – Cardiff 108.1 mi (174.0 km)  
   – London 172.1 mi (277.0 km)  
Community Llanelidan
Principal area Denbighshire
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RHUTHUN
Postcode district LL15
Dialling code 01824
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Clwyd West
Welsh Assembly Clwyd West
List of places

Llanelidan is a small village and community in the county of Denbighshire in north-east Wales. The community also includes the hamlet of Rhydymeudwy.

The church, village hall and pub all lie within 200 yards of each other overlooking the village Nantclwyd Estate, but available for use by villagers.


Bwrdd y Tri Arglwydd

The village of Llanelidan is located just off the A494 road between Ruthin and Corwen in the valley of Afon y Maes, a tributary of the Clwyd. The River Clwyd forms part of the western boundary of the community (parish), which extends further east and south of the village, covering much of the area in the triangle formed by the A-roads joining Ruthin, Corwen and Llandegla. The southernmost tip of the community is marked by Bwrdd y Tri Arglwydd (the table of the three lords), an ancient stone monument marking the point where the lordships of Ruthin, Glyndyfrdwy and Yale met. It is currently the meeting point between the communities of Llanelidan, Bryneglwys, Corwen and Gwyddelwern.

History and amenities

St Elidan Church

Llanelidan is a pretty, scattered hamlet in the green valley of the Afon y Maes, a tributary of the Clwyd. The church - uniquely dedicated to a local saint - stands beside the Leyland Arms public house, surrounded by yews and old Welsh tombstones. Built in the 15th century and ‘double-naved’ in the distinctive local style, it retains many medieval features despite extensive Victorian restoration. There are a pair of barrel-vaulted ‘canopies of honour’ over the altar spaces, fragments of medieval glass - notably the symbols of the crucifixion in blue shields above the altar - and above all a wonderful display of carved woodwork. Sections of the medieval rood screen (which must have been especially fine) are set by the pulpit, including horse-like beasts, intricate roundels, and trails of vines and ivy-berries. The Jacobean pulpit has carvings of its own, with more panels of the same date behind the altar. Old box pews, monuments to successive squires of nearby Nantclwyd Hall, and a touching portrait of the local Roman Catholic martyr Edward Jones are noteworthy.[1]

Church usually open daylight hours. Further information and opening times from Diocesan Office, High Street, St Asaph, LL17 0RD Phone number: 01745 582245 [2]

The village

In December 1873, Major Walter Clopton Wingfield designed an early version of lawn tennis — which he called sphairistike (Greek: σφάίρίστική, meaning "skill at playing at ball"), and was soon known simply as "sticky" — for the amusement of his guests at a garden party at Nantclwyd Hall in Llanelidan.[3][4][5]

Llanelidan, the song

A song titled Llanelidan has been written, performed and released to a tune composed by Robat Arwyn. The words portray how Llanelidan's strong and active Welsh community became just a memory due to the actions of Sir Vivian Naylor-Leyland, who intentionally burned down many of the homes of the Welsh-speaking locals on his Nantclwyd estate. In the song, Naylor-Leyland is described as a Fascist and his actions against the Welsh likened to Hitler's persecution of the Jews.


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  1. ^ Dr Charles Kightly. Enjoy Medieval Denbighshire. Denbighshire County Council. 
  2. ^ [1], Diocesan Contacts
  3. ^ William Joseph Baker, Sports in the Western World, Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1988, p. 182. ISBN 0-252-06042-3.
  4. ^ Claudio Véliz, The New World of the Gothic Fox: Culture and Economy in English and Spanish America, Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1994, p. 134. ISBN 0-520-08316-4.
  5. ^ Wimbledon's Welsh roots, BBC News, June 30, 2003. Retrieved October 27, 2013.

External links

  • : photos of Llanelidan and surrounding area
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