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"HÊNLLAN(HÊN-LLAN), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 3 1/2 miles (E.) from Newcastle-Emlyn, containing 122 inhabitants. This parish is beautifully situated on the river Teivy, over which here is an ancient bridge of three arches, with projecting angular piers, from which the turnpike road from Newcastle-Emlyn to Carmarthen, on which it is situated, is continued through the village...... "  [From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Business and Commerce Records

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

  • Evans, Benjamin, records      "Records of Benjamin Evans, Henllan, Cardiganshire, relating mainly to his work as a blacksmith, 1888-1954, comprising account books, 1888-1924; material relating to the Master Farriers and Smiths Union, Newcastle Emlyn District, including papers regarding scales of prices, c.1913-1940; and Christmas cards sent to Mr T. Evans, Benjamin Evans's son, 1940-1954."


Memorial Inscriptions have been produced by Dyfed FHS for Henllan: [Dewi Sant, Aber-banc]


    You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Henllan area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

    Church History

    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

    • Henllan Parish Church     "Children and adults from the adjoining parishes attend the Sunday School"     John Sinnett, Rector
    • see chapel entry below       

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

    • St David
    • &
    • St David (Henllan)
    • Incumbent and Curates; E J Davies
    • Rural Deanery of Sub Aeron
    • Acreage 1,460 & 395 ; Population 377

    Church Records

    See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

    Parish Register;
    Baptisms 1798-1991. Marriages 1780-1970 . Burials  1814-1990   NLW with copies of some dates at Cer.RO
    Bishops Transcripts;
    1676, 1683-6, 1688-9, 1706, 1711, 1799-1811, 1813-80, 1882 NLW

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    I.G.I; Baptisms 1813-75 . Marriages 1814-37

    Nonconformist Chapels etc;

    Capel Drindod CM chapel, Henllan

    • Capel Drindod     SN35484180    Chapel & school room built 1794, 1874 in village of Aberbanc          Members; 104 in 1902      Sources;   (The Chapels Recording Project in Wales )   &     (Rawlins book - see Notes on Church/Chapel Records page )
    • Cappel Drindod Independent and Methodist         Erected before 1800        " This chapel was built and endowed by the late Colonel and Mrs Lloyd of Bronwydd who invested the sum of £1500 in the 3pc Consols for its maintenance. The appointment of Ministers (of which there are four, three Methodist and one Independent) is in the hands of Thomas Davies Lloyd Esq of Bronwydd, grandson of the above Colonel Lloyd, who is a member of the Church of England. The Ministers receive £1.1s. 0. every Sunday"       Thomas Davies Lloyd JP, DL, Patron            (1851 census -see above)
    • Seats 150       (Kelly's Directory, South Wales 1910 -  the Archive Cd Books Cd )
    • Memorial Inscriptions have been produced by Dyfed FHS for Henllan: Capel-y-Drindod
    • Still open in 2006
    • Hanes Methodistiaeth, rhan ddeheuol Sir Aberteifi : oddechreuad y "Diwvgiad Methodistaidd" yn 1735 hyd 1900 . By John Evans.   Dolgellau , 1904. (Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church History in the southern part of Cardiganshire from 1735 to 1900) This book contains an entry for each CM chapel in existence in South Cardiganshire at the end of 1900, including this one. It includes a history of preaching in the area before the chapel was built, lists deacons, ministers etc, and contains a wealth of genealogical information.

    Capel Eidalwyr Catholic chapel at the Prisoner of War Camp, Henllan SN35654022   Formally dedicated in 1944               (The Chapels Recording Project in Wales )


    Description and Travel

    You can see pictures of Henllan which are provided by:

    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;

    • Area 387 acres; Population 55 males, 62 females, total 117

    Places, villages, farms etc within Henllan  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)

    • Henllan (89); Aber-banc; Henllan (village); Trebedw (village);

    Description of the parish of  Henllan   from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

    Kelly's Directory South Wales 1895

    Historical Geography

    You can see the administrative areas in which Henllan 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 brief section relating to this parish is on page 189; the church is a small rectory annexed to Bangor, the last two incumbents were the Rev Henry Thomas and the Rev David Davies. Also mention of a parish seat called Wain.


    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN356406 (Lat/Lon: 52.039325, -4.398413), Henllan which are provided by:


    [Gareth Hicks:  14 Dec 2012]