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"HNVYNYW (HN-VYNYW), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 14 miles (N. W. by W.) from Lampeter, containing 625 inhabitants. This parish, which is washed on one side by the waves of the fine bay of Cardigan, in St. George's channel, is separated from the parish of Llandewy Aberarth by the powerful stream of the Aron and contains about two thousand acres of land the soil of which is various, being in some places argillaceous and wet, and in others of a good quality for the produce of corn. It is intersected by the turnpike road from Cardigan to Aberystwith, and the neighbourhood is characterized by that varied and strikingly bold scenery which prevails on this part of the Welsh coast. .."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Church History

St David's Church - photograph on Dyfed FHS HENFYNYW, Holy Trinity, Aberayron 1870-1876 - on the Church plans online site

HENFYNYW, St. David 1863-1866 - 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 Llanddewi Aberarth with St Alban, Tyglyn from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

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

Held at NLW ;


Downey, David S. St. Alban's chapel, Tyglyn. Ceredigion, ix 2 : 162-73 (1981)

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1813-1993. Marriages 1772-1991 [Banns 1824-42,1900-2]. Burials 1813-1982    NLW/Cer.RO
PR CB 1718-1812 M 1718-72 recorded in 1831 seemingly lost
Bishops Transcripts;
1674, 1679-80, 1682, 1684, 1799, 1802, 1804, 1806-68 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1868

Index to Burials from Parish Registers 1813-1837 available for purchase from  Cardiganshire Family History Society Volume 3: Ilar (Lower) Hundred . Parishes covered: Cilcennin, Henfynyw, Llanbadarn Trefeglwys, Llanddeiniol, Llanddewi Aberarth, Llangwyryfon, Llanrhystud, Llansantffraid, Llanychaiarn, Trefilan

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 or chapelry are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

Places, villages, farms etc within Henfynyw  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 the parish of  Henfynyw  from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1910   --- Upper Henfynyw parish


Cardiganshire Families


Davies, D. J. Hanes, hynafiaethau ac achyddiaeth Llanarth, Henfynyw, Llanllwchaiarn a Llandyssilio-gogo. Caerfyrddin, W. Spurrell (1930) [BM YA.1995.b.886].Many family trees, lists taken from parish records etc.,details of well known men, much text in Welsh but some English.

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 brief section relating to this parish is on page 260; the present church incumbent is the Rev Daniel Jones.

Williams, MI.  A Cardiganshire will: a mirror of life in the parish of Henfynyw circa 1656 (NLW's site)   Ceredigion, Vol IV

Land and Property

Held at the NLW ;

An Assessment made in pursuance of an Act of Parliament passed in the 38th year of His Majesty's reign, for granting an aid to His Majesty by a Land Tax to be raised in Great Britain, for the service of the year 1798. [From the Ceredigion; Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society Vol VI/1 1968]. This is a list of properties in Henfynyw parish  subject to the tax together with the names of the owners and occupiers



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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