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St Tysilio Church, Bryneglwys - - 127790.jpg
St. Tysilio's Church
Bryneglwys is located in Denbighshire
 Bryneglwys shown within Denbighshire
Population 369 (2011)
OS grid reference SJ145472
Community Bryneglwys
Principal area Denbighshire
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CORWEN
Postcode district LL21
Dialling code 01490
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Clwyd West
Welsh Assembly Clwyd West
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Coordinates: 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]

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 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.[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. 
  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. Accessed 5 May 2013.
  7. ^ Morris, Goronwy (2012) A report on Ysgol Dyffryn Iâl, Estyn. Accessed 5 May 2013.

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