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"CELLAN, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of MOYTHEN, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES 3 miles (E. N. E.) from Lampeter, containing 465 inhabitants. This parish is situated in a mountainous district, on the banks of the river Teivy. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £5.7.8 1/2 endowed with £200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Bishop of St.David's. The church,  dedicated to All Saints, is an ancient edifice, consisting of a nave and chancel : it contains two piscinae ,and the font is supported on a square pillar, on which is carved the face of a male saint. There are places of worship for Independents and Presbyterians..... "
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


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Church History

All Saints church - photograph on Dyfed FHS

Some church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by   I.G   Jones, & D. Williams. UWP,   Cardiff, 1976. The names are those of the informants.

  • Cellan Parish Church       "The Church was partly rebuilt about Eight years ago..."    Timothy Davies, Churchwarden
  • see Chapels database

Parish entry for Cellan and Llanfair Clydogau from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • All Saints
  • &
  • St Mary (Llanfair Clydogau)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J N Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Lampeter
  • Acreage 3,450 & 4,487 ; Population 361 & 380

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1779-1992. Marriages 1780-1969. Burials 1780-1993   NLW
Copy manuscripts PR C 1779-1812, MB 1780-1812 NLW

Bishops Transcripts;
1674, 1676, 1678-82, 1684, 1687, 1689, 1705, 1711, 1799, 1803-38, 1840, 1842,
1844-5, 1847, 1849, 1852-4, 1857, 1863-73, 1875-82 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1812, 1837-75

Nonconformist Chapels; see Chapels database

Description and Travel

The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., byJones, I.G. & Williams, D.   UWP,   Cardiff, 1976.  These statistics for this parish are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

  • Area 3645 acres; Population 237 males, 263 females, total 500

Places, villages, farms etc within Cellan   as shown on the online parish map from the CD of  Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Gareth Hicks)

  • Cellan (74); Baylie; Bryn-hirfaen; Castell; Cellan (village); Esgair Tre-bannau; Ffrwd Cynon; Gair Carn; Gelli-gaer; Lan-las; Nant Gou; Pen-lan; Pentre'r-felin; Pistyll Einon; Pont-faen; Sarn Helen; Tal-y-fan; Tir Tran (Ifan ?); Ty'n-y-coed

Description of Cellan parish from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales  1833 by Samuel Lewis.

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1910

Aerial photograph of Cellan Roman Practice camp - on the People's Collection Wales site

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Cellan has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Meyrick, Sir Samuel Rush.(1783-1848) The History and Antiquities of the county of Cardigan. Collected from the few remaining documents which have escaped the ravages of time, as well as from actual observation. Longman: London ,1810. The history and antiquities of the County of Cardigan ... to which are now added a parliamentary history, list of High Sheriffs, some notes on the present county families, &c., &c. repr. Brecon: 1907. This 1907 print  has now been reprinted. The section relating to this parish is on pages 224/28; the church is a rectory, the last 3 incumbents were the Rev Wm Williams, Rev Howel Howels and Rev Rhys Williams.

Land and Property

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Cellan deeds    "Deeds, 1694-1831, relating to land in the parish of Cellan, Cardiganshire; mainly to a property called Cwmffrwd"

Held at the NLW ;

  • Deeds relating to the parish of Cellan, 1694-1831


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN614497 (Lat/Lon: 52.128144, -4.026222), Cellan which are provided by: