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"DIHEWYD, a parish partly in the hundred of TROEDYRAUR and partly in that of MOYTHEN, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 8 miles (N. W. by W.) from Lampeter, containing 533 inhabitants. This parish is situated near the pleasant Vale of AŽron and not far from the river Mydur; the scenery is beautifully diversified, and towards the vale becomes highly picturesque. A fair is held at Llanwyddalys, within its limits, annually on the 9th of May. It constitutes the endowment of a prebend, formerly in the college of Llandewy-Brevi, but now in the collegiate church of Brecknock, rated in the king's books at £6.13.4., and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David's. The living is a perpetual curacy, consolidated with that of LlanychaŽron,in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £800 royal bounty. The church, dedicated to St. Vitalis, was rebuilt within the last five years, and is a neat edifice, consisting of a nave and chancel. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. On the summit of a lofty hill, called Moel Dihewyd, are the remains of an ancient encampment, of the origin and history of which nothing is known. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £96.17."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Church History

St Vitalis 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.

Parish entry for Dihewyd with Mydroilyn from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1807-1953. Marriages 1807-1970 [Banns 1828-71]. Burials 1807-1993   NLW with copies of most dates at Cer.RO
PR CMB 1718-1807 recorded in 1831 seemingly lost. A description of it, with extracts, appears in G Eyre Evans, Cardiganshire and its Antiquities[1903], 217
Bishops Transcripts;
1676, 1678-81, 1683, 1685-6, 1705, 1800-3, 1806-15, 1818-78 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1800-1878

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 Dihewyd    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)

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1910

With the kind permission of the publisher, these selected extracts below are taken  from "The History of Cardiganshire" by S R Meyrick, 1810, specifically the reprint of the 1907 imprint published by Stephen Collard in July 2000.


Teiliwr Bach Dihewyd (1815-1893)   -  on the Ceredigion Library site     "John Harries, 'Teiliwr Bach Dihewyd', was born in 1815 at Meillionen, Dihewyd, the son of Simon Harry, Trawsgoed, Dihewyd....."

Land and Property

Documents 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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