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St Mary's Church
Caerhun is located in Conwy
Location within Conwy
Population1,292 (2011)
OS grid referenceSH774704
  • Caerhun
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCONWY
Postcode districtLL32
Dialling code01492
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
53°13′01″N 3°50′10″W / 53.217°N 3.836°W / 53.217; -3.836Coordinates: 53°13′01″N 3°50′10″W / 53.217°N 3.836°W / 53.217; -3.836

Caerhun (Welsh: Caerhûn) is a scattered rural community, and former civil parish, on the west bank of the River Conwy. It lies to the south of Henryd and the north of Dolgarrog, in Conwy County Borough, Wales, and includes several small villages and hamlets including Llanbedr-y-cennin, Rowen, Tal-y-bont and Ty'n-y-groes. It was formerly in the historic county of Caernarvonshire. At the 2001 census, it had a population of 1,200,[1] increasing to 1,292 at the 2011 census.[2] It includes a large part of the Carneddau range including the lakes of Llyn Eigiau, Llyn Dulyn and Llyn Melynllyn.


Surrounding the 14th-century parish church of St. Mary are the banks of the Roman fort of Canovium. The excavations of the Roman site were directed by P.K. Baillie Reynolds, of Aberystwyth University, over a period of four summers in the 1920s,[3][4] although there have of course been several other publications since.[4]

The church and its churchyard occupy the north-east quarter of the original Roman site. Canovium was built at an ancient river crossing and was an important post on the Roman road and ancient drovers road via Bwlch-y-Ddeufaen to Abergwyngregyn and the Menai Strait. Latterly the best crossing point, now with a bridge, has been at nearby Tal-y-Cafn. After the end of Roman rule in Britain, the fort was associated with King Rhun Hir of Gwynedd, hence the subsequent name.

The River Conwy viewed from the churchyard at Caerhun


An electoral ward exists in the same name. This ward stretches to surrounding communities and at the 2011 census had a total population of 2007.[5]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Conwy". Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  3. ^ Baillie Reynolds, P.K. (February 1938). Excavations on the site of the Roman fort of Kanovium at Caerhun, Caernarvonshire: collected reports on the excavations of the years 1926-1929 and on the pottery and other objects found. Kanovium Excavation Committee. Cardiff: William Lewis, Printers. 282 pages. Baillie Reynolds' reports were originally published in Archaeologia
  4. ^ a b "Read a book Visit a Museum: Kanovium Project Book Reviews". Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2009.. Page found on Kanovium Project website
  5. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 21 May 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Caerhun at Wikimedia Commons