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St Tysilio Church, Bryneglwys - - 127790.jpg
St. Tysilio's Church
Bryneglwys is located in Denbighshire
Bryneglwys shown within Denbighshire
Population369 (2011)
OS grid referenceSJ145472
  • Bryneglwys
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCORWEN
Postcode districtLL21
Dialling code01490
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
53°00′54″N 3°16′26″W / 53.015°N 3.274°W / 53.015; -3.274Coordinates: 53°00′54″N 3°16′26″W / 53.015°N 3.274°W / 53.015; -3.274
Plas yn Iâl

Bryneglwys is a village and community in Denbighshire, Wales. The village lies to the northeast of Corwen on a hill above a small river, Afon Morwynion. The community covers an area of 24.48 km2 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 2011 census showed 36.0% of the population could speak Welsh, a fall from 50.3% in 2001.[4] The name of the village means "church hill" in English and was first recorded in 1284 with the spelling "Breneglus".[5]

A 'community portal' website with village news, views and local information can be found at

The village church is dedicated to Saint Tysilio.[5] 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][6] Yale Chapel was added to the church around 1575.[1]

The nearest primary school is Ysgol Dyffryn Iâl in the village of Llandegla. It is a bilingual school under the control of the Church in Wales.[7]

The 16th-century historian David Powel came from the village.[1] To the northeast 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 USA.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e 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. ^ "2011 Census results by Community". Welsh Language Commissioner. 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b Owen, Hywel Wyn & Richard Morgan (2007) Dictionary of the Place-names of Wales, Gomer Press, Llandysul, Ceredigion.
  6. ^ Coleg y Groes: St. Tysilio's Bryneglwys Archived September 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed 5 May 2013.
  7. ^ Morris, Goronwy (2012) A report on Ysgol Dyffryn Iâl, Estyn. Accessed 5 May 2013.

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