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"LAMPETER (LLAN-BEDR) PONT-STEPHEN, a borough, market-town, and parish, partly in the upper division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, but chiefly in that of the hundred of MOYTHEN, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 27 Miles (E) from Cardigan, and 203 (W. by N.) from London, containing, with the hamlet of Trêvycoed 1317 inhabitants. The name signifies the church of St. Peter, the distinguishing appellation having been added from the erection of a bridge over the river Teivy, at the distance of about half a mile, as has been vaguely conjectured, by King Stephen, in one of his inroads into Wales......."
[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;

  • D. Lloyd and Son (Solicitors), records   "D. Lloyd and Son was a firm of solicitors in Lampeter, active between 1842 and 1930. ....... acted at various periods as clerks to the Guardians of the Lampeter Poor Law Union, the Lampeter Borough Council, the Lampeter and Llanybydder Rural District Councils, the Lampeter Petty Sessions, the Lampeter Local Government Board and the Lampeter Gas Company"

Held at Ceredigion Archives;

  • C19 and C20 sale posters from the Caxton Hall Press at Lampeter


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Lampeter 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

St Mary's Church, Maestir, Lampter  - photograph on Dyfed FHS

St Peter's Church, Lampeter  - photograph on Dyfed FHS

Anglican church, Pentrebach - photograph on Dyfed FHS under Llanwnen

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

  • St Peters, or in Welsh Llanbedr, corrupted into Lampeter    Llewelyn Llewellin, Vicar
  • see Chapels database

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

  • St Peter
  • &
  • Maestir St Mary
  • &
  • Pentrebach St John
  • Incumbent and Curates; D W Thomas (E J Harries)
  • Rural Deanery of Lampeter
  • Acreage 6,353 ; Population 2,174

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1695-1805, 1813-1937, Maestir 1869-85.   Marriages 1739-44, 1746-92, 1795-1970 [Banns 1824-57].
Burials 1695-1805, 1813-1968   NLW/Cer.RO
Copy manuscripts PR CB 1695-1745  M 1739-44 NLW.  CB 1695-1734 Welsh Gazette[1903-5]
Bishops Transcripts;
1799-1808, 1811-17, 1823-37, 1839-80 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1875

St Peter's Church, Lampeter. Provided by Stephen Thomas, here is a database of information recorded from headstones in the churchyard by a group of students studying Archaeology at University College of Wales, Lampeter

The vestry book of the parish of Lampeter for the period 1777-1803. On the NLW's Digital Mirror site

Nonconformist Chapels; see Chapels database

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Lampeter 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 6204 acres; Population 722 males, 766 females, total 1488

The Town of Lampeter site

Lampeter Castle - on  Castle Wales

Lampeter - on Wikipedia

Places, villages, farms etc within Lampeter   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)

  • Lampeter (75); Aberystwyth & Carmarthen GWR; Allt-goch; Banc y Moelfre; Berth-lwyd; Blaen-wern; Castell; Cas.(Castell Allt-goch); Cas. (Castell Olwen); College; Dolau gwyrddon; Falcondale; Hendryd; Lampeter Rural; Lampeter Town; Lampeter Urban; Lletty-twppa Wood; Llwyn-cnau; Maestir; Maes-y-pwll; Moelfre; Nant Creuddyn; Nant Gwragedd ?;  Olwen; Pentre-bach; Peterwell; Stone Circle; Upper Forest; Warren
  • Tref-y-coed (76); Dre-fach; Ffynnon-Fair; Nant Gwragedd ?; Neuadd-fawr;

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

Description of a hamlet in Lampeter parish from Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833.

"TRÊV Y COED, a hamlet forming that part of the parish of LAMPETER which is in the upper division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 3 Miles (W. by S.) from Lampeter, containing 120 inhabitants. This hamlet forms a detached portion of the hundred of Troedyraur, and is situated nearly in the centre of that of Moythen. It lies on the road from Lampeter to Cardigan, and extends to the river Teivy. Neuadd, the neat residence of Thomas Jones, Esq., standing on a well wooded eminence, north of the turnpike road, forms a conspicuous and pleasing object in the approach to Lampeter. Here was formerly a chapel of ease to the mother church, but it has long since been demolished. This hamlet is assessed for the support of the poor with Lampeter, though in a different hundred."

Evans, David C    Rhydlan Deifi: with Maenor Crug y Whyl  and the surrounding district      Transactions of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society    Vol 7  1930     Welsh Journals Online

Jones, A. R. T.and Weight Matthews, A.   Lampeter ... Illustrated . Aberystwyth, 1905

Official guide to Lampeter, Ceredigion, Dyfed. Aberystwyth : 'The Cambrian News', [1985?]

Llanbedr Pont Steffan a rhan uchaf Dyffryn Teifi mewn hen luniau . Stroud : Sutton, 1990.

Hunt & Co.'s Directory & Topography for the cities of Gloucester & Bristol, and the towns of ...... Aberystwith, ........Lampeter.............. London, 1849

Price, M R C.   The Lampeter, Aberayron and New Quay Light Railway. Oakwood, 1995

Sanders, I J. The borough of Lampeter in the early fourteenth century (NLW's site) Ceredigion, Vol IV


Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1830. Here are some Extracts relating to Lampeter

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1844. Here are some Extracts relating to Lampeter


Cardiganshire Families

Held at Ceredigion Archives;

  • Notebook of Emily Lloyd 1871. A set of letters to her family written by a Lampeter 10 year old.

Books marked * have an entry on the separate 'Review/Contents' page.

Edmunds, William. On some old families in the neighbourhood of Lampeter, Cardiganshire. Tenby: R. Mason (1860) pp. 45. 23 cm.

*Phillips, Bethan . Peterwell. The history of a mansion and its infamous squire.This is the well-researched history of Sir Herbert Lloyd (1720-1769) and the   mansion of Peterwell, also called Ffynnonbedr, that is today a pile of stones just outside Lampeter.Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion : 1997.

Historical Geography

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


Evans, George Eyre. Lampeter. Aberystwyth : William Jones, 1905.

Lewis, W. J.   A history of Lampeter . Ceredigion County Council, 1997.

Llambed ddoe [Lampeter yesterday]. Llandysul : Gomer, 1994.

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 218/24; the last 3 incumbents of the church were the Rev William Williams, Rev Phillips, Rev Eleazer Williams. mentions Peterwell mansion, Mynydd Hywell, & Maes y Felin

Sampson, Aylwin. Llanbedr Pont Steffan - Lampeter.

Town and parish of Lampeter War memorial Book  Lampeter, 1921

Land and Property

Held at the NLW ;

  • Derry Ormond. Records of the Derry Ormond estate , near Lampeter, 1621-1927, mainly dating from the late C18 after its acquisition by the family of Jones, later Inglis-Jones.
  • Records of the Falcondale and Peterwell estates of the Harford family, C18-C19,  and of the borough of Lampeter, 1741-1848. Also, records of the estate of Lloyd, later Adams, later Harford, of Peterwell, Lampeter, deeds 1696-1871, estate papers C19-C20.
  • Glandenys. Deeds relating to the Lampeter and Llandovery areas of Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire, 1650-1890, including the Glandenys estate
  • Cardiganshire Rentals ;
    18. Lordship of Mebwynion, 1924 (Ciliau Aeron, Dihewyd, Lampeter, Llanfihangel Ystrad).

Held at Ceredigion Archives ;

  • Tithe apportionment for Lampeter [ 1839 & 1873]

Inglis Jones, Elisabeth   Derry - Ormond (NLW's site)   Ceredigion Vol II

Lloyd-Johnes, Herbert J.  A Peterwell sale catalogue of 1781  (NLW's site)   Ceredigion Vol 1

Phillips. Bethan. Peterwell.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN576484 (Lat/Lon: 52.115498, -4.081152), Lampeter which are provided by:


Price, M.R.C. The Lampeter, Aberayron and New Quay Light Railway. Oakwood Press: 1995

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

Lampeter Workhouse - on Peter Higginbotham's site

Plans for a proposed workhouse at Lampeter, 1875 - on the People's Collection Wales site

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

  • Cardiganshire Board of Guardians Records  1834-1936
    "Records relating to the Cardiganshire Board of Guardians, including Cardigan Union, 1834-1935; Newcastle Emlyn Union, 1916-1925; Lampeter Union, 1871-1930; Tregaron Union, 1912-1929; Aberayron Union, 1854-1922; and Aberystwyth Union, 1878-1936."

Public Records

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

  • Lampeter Borough Council Records 1879-1974
  • Lampeter Rural District Council Records 1895-1966

Held at the NLW ;

  • Records from the office of D. Lloyd & Son, Lampeter, solicitors, including general letter-books of the firm, 1853-1920; and letter-books of Lampeter Union 1842-1930; Lampeter Borough Council, 1892-1922;  Lampeter and Llanybydder Rural District Councils, 1895-1922.

Held at Ceredigion Archives ;

  • Plans of Llandeilo and Lampeter Light railway, sheets 1-7. May 1905.

Banks, RW.  Notes on records relating to Lampeter and Cardiganshire. Arch Camb, 1878


University of Wales,  Lampeter

University College, Lampeter - on the People's Collection Wales site


Archdall, HK.   Saint David's College, Lampeter.    Province, Vol II

Harris, WH.  St David's College, Lampeter (NLW's site) Ceredigion, Vol I

History of Lampeter Grammar School . Reprinted from the "Welsh Gazette" . Aberystwyth, 1909.

Jones, Maurice.  St David's College, Lampeter. Llawlyfr Cym. Cered. Llundain, Vol III (1936/7)

St. David's College, Lampeter. Its past, present and future. St. David's College: Lampeter, 1952

Thomas, John. St David's College, Lampeter - Tradition and Innovation in the design of its first building  (NLW's site)   Ceredigion Vol X

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

Hanes Llambed (History of Lampeter) - for details of the society see Ceredigion Local History Forum


[Gareth Hicks: 13 Dec 2012]