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St Mary's Church, Cyffylliog
Grid reference: SJ0515856837
Location: 53°6’0"N, 3°25’0"W
Population: 495  (2011)
Post town: Ruthin
Postcode: LL15
Dialling code: 01824
Local Government
Council: Denbighshire
Clwyd South
Ysgol Cyffylliog, the village school

Cyffylliog is a village and parish in Denbighshire. It is situated to the west of Ruthin on the banks of the River Clywedog. The parish covers an area of 7,800 acres and includes the hamlet of Bontuchel and a section of Clocaenog Forest.[1] It had a population of 495 at the time of the 2011 census, a slight increase from 484 during the 2001 census.[2][3] The name of the village means "place of pollard trees/stumps" and comes from the Welsh word cyffyll meaning stumps.[4]

The village has a small primary school, Ysgol Cyffylliog, which had 25 pupils in 2011.[5] The village church, St. Mary's, dates from the late 12th century but has been extensively renewed since that time including an almost complete rebuilding in 1876.[6] The village also has a Presbyterian chapel, Salem Chapel.[7]

Church of St Mary

The church of a remote and attractive village in the wooded Clywedog valley (signposted from Llanfwrog). Heavily restored, it retains a late mediæval ceiling and an unusual Georgian ‘hearse house’.[8]


  1. 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: Cyffylliog (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics. Accessed 15 April 2013.
  3. Office for National Statistics: Cyffylliog (Parish), Key Figures for 2001 Census: Key Statistics. Accessed 15 April 2013.
  4. Owen, Hywel Wyn & Richard Morgan (2007) Dictionary of the Place-names of Wales, Gomer Press, Llandysul, Cardiganshire.
  5. Estyn (2011) A report on Ysgol Cyffylliog. Accessed 15 April 2013.
  6. Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust: Church of Saint Mary, Cyffylliog. Accessed 15 April 2013.
  7. The Presbyterian Church of Wales: Salem, Cyffylliog. Accessed 15 April 2013.
  8. Dr Charles Kightly. Enjoy Medieval Denbighshire. Denbighshire County Council. 

Coordinates: 53°06′N 3°25′W / 53.1°N 3.417°W / 53.1; -3.417