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Clocaenog Church
Clocaenog is located in Denbighshire
Clocaenog shown within Denbighshire
Population 254 (2011)
OS grid reference SJ082542
• Cardiff 110.6 mi (178.0 km)
• London 174.7 mi (281.2 km)
  • Clocaenog
Principal area
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RUTHIN
Postcode district LL15
Dialling code 01824
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
53°04′30″N 3°22′12″W / 53.075°N 3.370°W / 53.075; -3.370Coordinates: 53°04′30″N 3°22′12″W / 53.075°N 3.370°W / 53.075; -3.370

Clocaenog is a village and community[1] in Denbighshire, north-east Wales. It lies on the outskirts of Ruthin and the Clocaenog Forest. The forest near the village has many walks of varying length and is one of the venues for the Wales Rally GB.

Church of St Foddhyd (Meddvyth)[edit]

This neat and well-kept church stands on a hill – ‘Clocaenog’ means ‘mossy knoll’ – above the village. Dedicated to St Foddhyd (Meddvyth), ancient records show that its patron was ‘St Meddvyth the Virgin’, daughter of St. Idloes of Llanidloes in Powys. The restored interior is dominated by a fine ‘rood screen’ (see Derwen), its top rail intricately carved with trailing foliage and its lower panels with ‘candle-flame’ motifs. These date to about 1538, the date once inscribed in the big east window above the altar. The window now displays fragments of its original stained glass, including heads of men and angels and (in the topmost left-hand light) the nail-pierced feet of a crucified Christ. The roof is also late medieval, as may be the massive dug-out chest hewn from a single tree trunk. Later treasures include the pulpit of 1695 and an elaborate wooden chandelier with beast-head decoration, dated 1725.[2]

Church open by arrangement. Please see Church notice board. Further information and opening times from Diocesan Office, High Street, St Asaph, LL17 0RD Phone number: 01745 582245 [3]

Listed buildings nearby[edit]

Grade II*
  • Maes Caenog: Farm Building at Plas Clocaenog[4]
Grade II
  • Hen Blas, Plas Clocaenog Farmhouse with attached outbuildings, Sundial in Churchyard, Triple Stable at Plas Clocaenog, Ty Isa, Maes, Tyn-y-mynydd, Kitchen Garden at Pool Park including Former Gardeners' Bothy and War Memorial in St Foddhyd's Churchyard.


Clocaenog's population was 254, according to the 2011 census;[5] a 9.48% increase since the 232 people noted in 2001.[6]

The 2011 census showed 54.4% of the population could speak Welsh, a rise from 47.6% in 2001.[7]


  1. ^ DCC website; accessed 9 May 2014
  2. ^ Dr Charles Kightly. Enjoy Medieval Denbighshire. Denbighshire County Council. 
  3. ^ [1], Diocesan Contacts
  4. ^ British Listed Buildings website; accessed 9 May 2014
  5. ^ "Area: Clocaenog (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Area: Clocaenog (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. 18 November 2004. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "2011 Census results by Community". Welsh Language Commissioner. 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015. [permanent dead link]