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St Tysilio Church
Grid reference: SJ1391847400
Location: 53°1’0"N, 3°16’60"W
Population: 369  (2001)
Post town: Corwen
Postcode: LL21
Dialling code: 01490
Local Government
Council: Denbighshire
Clwyd West
Plas yn Iâl

Bryneglwys is a village and parish in Denbighshire close to the border with Merionethshire. The village lies to the north-east of Corwen on a hill above a small river, Afon Morwynion. The parish covers an area of 6,050 acres and extends to the top of Llantysilio Mountain.[1] It had a population of 369 at the time of the 2011 census, an increase from 344 during the 2001 census.[2][3] The name of the village means "church hill" and was first recorded in 1284 with the spelling "Breneglus".[4]

The village church is dedicated to Saint Tysilio.[4] There has been a church on the site since the 7th century but the current building dates from the 15th century and was restored around 1570 and again in 1875.[1][5] Yale Chapel was added to the church around 1575.[1]

The local primary school is Ysgol Dyffryn Iâl which has two sites, one in Bryneglwys and one in the nearby village of Llandegla. It is a bilingual school under the control of the Church in Wales.[6]

The 16th-century historian David Powel came from the village.[1] To the north-east of the village stands Plas yn Iâl, the ancestral home of the Yale family who included Elihu Yale, a benefactor of Yale University in the United States.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Davies, John; Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines & Peredur I. Lynch (2008) The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales, University of Wales Press, Cardiff.
  2. Office for National Statistics: Bryneglwys (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics. Accessed 5 May 2013.
  3. Office for National Statistics: Bryneglwys (Parish), Key Figures for 2001 Census: Key Statistics. Accessed 5 May 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Owen, Hywel Wyn & Richard Morgan (2007) Dictionary of the Place-names of Wales, Gomer Press, Llandysul, Cardiganshire.
  5. Coleg y Groes: St. Tysilio's Bryneglwys. Accessed 5 May 2013.
  6. Morris, Goronwy (2012) A report on Ysgol Dyffryn Iâl, Estyn. Accessed 5 May 2013.

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