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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]

Church History

All Saints church - photograph on Dyfed FHS CELLAN, All Saints (1907-1909)  - on the Church plans online site

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.

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

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;

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)

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


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;

Held at the NLW ;



Here is an extract from The Reports of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the state of Education in Wales. 1847


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