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Nantglyn is located in Denbighshire
Location within Denbighshire
Population323 (2011)
OS grid referenceSJ003621
  • Nantglyn
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDENBIGH
Postcode districtLL16
Dialling code01745
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
53°08′49″N 3°29′24″W / 53.147°N 3.490°W / 53.147; -3.490Coordinates: 53°08′49″N 3°29′24″W / 53.147°N 3.490°W / 53.147; -3.490

Nantglyn is a small village and community in Denbighshire, Wales. The population of the community taken at the 2011 census was 323.[1] It is situated in a rural location about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) away from the nearest town, Denbigh. Nantglyn is located on a small river, the Lliwen. This river and its parent, the Afon Ystrad, provided the water to power several corn and fulling mills in the parish.

According to tradition, a monastery was founded here by Mordeyrn, grandson of Cunedda Wledig.


The parish church is dedicated to St James. It was extensively renovated in 1777 and again in Victorian times. A notable feature of its churchyard is the "pulpit in a tree" built into an ancient yew, which traditionally was once used by John Wesley. A memorial to the fallen of the two World Wars sits at the centre of the village.

Recent history[edit]

There are now no shops remaining in Nantglyn. But previously there was a blacksmith's forge, a post office, a pub and a leather-craft shop that also sold candles (located in the old smithy). There was also a local infant / junior school, but a decline in the number of pupils led to its closure in the 1990s. There were also several Nonconformist chapels in the village, including Capel-y-Waen (Waen Nantglyn is a secondary settlement about a mile northwest of the main village), Capel Soar and Capel Salem. One of the corn mills, Segrwyd Mill, served the neighbourhood farmers until 1960.

Notable residents[edit]

Nantglyn has had several notable residents over the centuries, including David Samwell (1751–98), the ship's surgeon aboard the Discovery during Captain Cook's final voyage of exploration. Samwell kept a journal that provides a detailed record of the voyage, and he witnessed Cook's death at the hands of hostile natives in Hawaii in 1779. Dr. William Owen Pughe (1759–1835), a well-known literary figure who compiled a Welsh-English dictionary and a Welsh grammar, among other works, lived in the village for the last 10 years of his life, although he was not born there. His son Aneurin Owen also lived here.

  • Twm o'r Nant, composer, was born in Llanefydd but grew up in Nantglyn
  • Robert Davies, poet and author
  • Tom Pryce, Formula 1 racing driver, spent his youth in the village


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 24 May 2015.

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