Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Bangor, Caernarfon and Tregarth Wesleyan Methodist Circuits Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XD/34

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Title: Bangor, Caernarfon and Tregarth Wesleyan Methodist Circuits Papers

Short title: Bangor, Caernarfon and Tregarth Wesleyan Methodist Circuits papers

Dates of creation: 1807-1992

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Caernarfon Wesleyan Methodist Circuit; Bangor Wesleyan Methodist Circuit; Tregarth Wesleyan Methodist Circuit; Llanberis Wesleyan Methodist Circuit; Arfon Wesleyan Methodist Circuit


Administrative and biographical history: The Wesleyan Methodist Church in Wales served both English- and Welsh-speaking communities, with parallel organisations (individual chapels linked to form Circuits, part of Districts). The Caernarfon Wesleyan Circuit joined with the Bangor and Tregarth Circuits to form the Arfon Circuit in September 1974. The Llanberis Circuit had been separate from the Caernarfon Circuit in the period from c. 1872 to 1882. Wesleyan Methodists are known as Methodists in England; in Wales, the common use of 'Methodist' relates to Calvinistic Methodists, and hence the term Wesleyan Methodist is used. The Circuit generated administrative records of its own but sometimes also accumulated those of its consitituent chapels, including their registers.


Scope and content: Records of Caernarfonshire Wesleyan Methodist Circuits, 1807-1992, consisting of Arfon Circuit records, 1973-1979; Caernarfon Circuit records, 1807-1991; including baptismal registers, 1840-1979; plans, 1893-1977; 'Y Trefnydd' magazine, 1900-1946; records relating to the Trust properly in the Circuit, 1900-1968; financial records, 1866-1972; correspondence, 1908-1915; minute books, 1875-1973; Circuit schedule books, Trust, Temperance, Sunday School schedules and other statistical returns, 1860-1978; miscellaneous correspondence, 1900-1911; miscellaneous, 1859-1982; Trustees records, 1893-1963; chapel records, 1807-1986, including Capel Ebeneser, Caernarfon, 1808-1978; Capel Elim, Y Felinheli, 1866-1971; Capel Bethel, Llanberis, 1893-1979; Capel Seion, Llanddeiniolen, 1910-1963; Capel Hermon, Llanrug, 1812-1974; Capel Y Waun, Penisarwyn, 1907-1974; Capel Horeb, Penygroes, 1877-1991; Capel Bethel, Rhostryfan, Capel Moriah, Talysarn, 1863-1968; Capel Salem, Ty'n Lôn, 1903-1986; Capel Tabernacl, Deiniolen, 1923-1980; Capel Ebenezer, Blaenau Ffestiniog, 1866-1971; miscellaneous chapel records, 1807-1974; Llanberis Circuit records, 1872-1882; Bangor Circuit records, 1839-1992, including baptism registers, 1839-1992; chapel records, including Capel Horeb, Bangor, 1878-1965; Moriah Church, Bangor, 1896-1978; St. Paul's Church, Bangor, 1859-1985; Bethel Church, Llanfairfechan, 1885-1993; Ebenezer Church, Penmaenmawr, 1913-1986; Seion Church, Hirael, 1878-1968; Glasinfryn Church, Bangor, 1892-1933; Tregarth Circuit records, 1857-1991, including baptism registers, 1857-1991; chapel records, including Siloh Church, Tregarth, 1905-1986; Gorffwysfa Church, Tregarth, 1902-1983; Peniel Church, Mynydd Llandegai, 1896-1976; Pisgah Church, Rhiwlas, 1976-1980; Gorffwysfa Church, Sling, 1964-1989; Tabernacl Church, Deiniolen, 1934; Salem Church, Llanllechid, 1976-1989; Siloam Church, Bethesda, 1871-1991; miscellaneous papers, 1894-1987; and records relating to Caernarfon, Bangor and Tregarth Circuits, 1895-1982.


Language/script: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged into two groups: Group one consists of Caernarfon Circuit records; Group two consists of records of Bangor Circuit, Caernarfon Circuit, Tregarth Circuit and records relating to the three Circuits

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. A catalogue of XD/34/1-788 is available online.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Caernarfon Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible


Related units of description: Related material is Caernarfons Record Office, XM/3225/12; XM/2756; XM/345/47; XM/166/46


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Cofnodion Cylchdeithiau Wesleaidd Bangor, Caernarfon a Tregarth/ Bangor, Caernarfon and Tregarth Wesleyan Methodist Circuits Papers, catalogue; Methodism in Wales website (, viewed 4 October 2004.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: October 2004



Arfon English Methodist Circuit | Archives

Bangor English Methodist Circuit | Archives

Church records and registers | Wales | Gwynedd

Methodist Church (Great Britain). | Cylchdaith Caernarfon | Archives

Methodist Church (Great Britain). | Cylchdaith Llanberis | Archives

Methodist church | Wales | Gwynedd

Methodists | Wales | Gwynedd

Religious institutions | Wales | Gwynedd

Tregarth English Methodist Circuit | Archives

Wesleyan Methodist Church. | Cylchdaith Caernarfon | Archives

Wesleyan Methodist Church. | Gwynedd | Archives

Personal names

Corporate names

Arfon English Wesleyan Methodist Circuit

Bangor English Wesleyan Methodist Circuit

Methodist Church (Great Britain) | Cylchdaith Caernarfon

Tregarth English Methodist Circuit

Welsh (Wesleyan) Methodist Church | Gwynedd

Wesleyan Methodist Church | Cylchdaith Caernarfon

Wesleyan Methodist Church | Cylchdaith Llanberis