Ceiriog Valley

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View over part of the Ceiriog Valley

The Ceiriog Valley is the valley of the River Ceiriog in Denbighshire and Shropshire. The valley is some 12 miles long and runs generally west to east, south of the Vale of Llangollen. The valley receives relatively few tourists despite being only a few miles from the A5 road and being described by British Prime Minister David Lloyd George as "a little bit of heaven on earth".[1] It is something of a dead end, with the B4500 road terminating at Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, a village near the head of the valley.

Literary figures

Three notable Welsh poets have connections with the Ceiriog Valley: John Hughes (1832 – 1887) was born on a farm near Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog; Huw Morus (1622 – 1709) was born and lived near Pandy in the Ceiriog Valley; and Rev. Robert Elis (1812 – 1875) was a Baptist minister in Glyn Ceiriog from 1838 until 1840. (Hughes took the middle name Ceiriog and also used it as his bardic name; Morus's bardic name was Eos Ceiriog – the Nightingale of Ceiriog; and Elis was better known by his bardic name, Cynddelw.) The Ceiriog Memorial Institute in the village of Glyn Ceiriog was built as a memorial to them all, and contains stained glass windows dedicated to each of their memories.

The Welsh-language novelist Islwyn Ffowc Elis was born in Wrexham, but spent most of his formative childhood years on a hill farm in the Ceiriog Valley.


  • Dewi Parry Jones & Robert Owen Jones, "100 Years in the Valley - Y Glyn a Fu" (1998)
  • Dewi Parry Jones & Robert Owen Jones, "100 Years in the Valley Volume II - Y Glyn a Fu" (1999)

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