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"LLANAVAN (LLAN-AVAN), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 8 miles (S. E.) from Aberystwith, containing 384 inhabitants. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Avan, is pleasantly situated on the river Ystwith, which at this place forms a fine bold curve, and is enriched on both its banks with pleasingly varied and highly picturesque scenery : a neat modern stone bridge has been erected over this river. Within the parish is Cross Wood, the seat of the Earl of Lisburne, a neat mansion, pleasantly situated in grounds which are tastefully laid out..........."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


The Benjamin Indexes
These are held at Ceredigion Archives who are prepared to carry out a reasonable search , they are transcripts (& indexes) of the census for Aberystwyth and North Cardiganshire, prepared by the late Mr.Benjamin, and deposited at various locations including that office. They are very good transcripts, and represent a massive amount of work - inevitably there are a few small mistakes, but they are generally useful and accurate. They cover the period 1841-1881 and include the parishes of Llanbadarn Fawr, Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, Llanfihangel Geneu'r-glyn, Llancynfelyn, (bits of ) Llanbadarn y Creuddyn, Lanychaearn, Llanafan and others.
Also, the 1891 census for Aberystwyth only has been transcribed by William Howells, the County Librarian, and is also available at Ceredigion Archives .

Church History

LLANAFAN, St. Afan 1836-1841  - on the Church plans online site

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Afan's Church

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 Llanafan-y-Trawscoed with Llanwnnws (Gwnnws)from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1751, 1772, 1774, 1780-1988.  Marriages 1767-72, 1774-9, 1781, 1784-5, 1790, 1792-4, 1796-1800, 1815-1988 [Banns 1823-5, 1838].  Burials 1772-3, 1775, 1782-1993  NLW with some dates at Cer.RO
Bishops Transcripts;
1811, 1813, 1815, 1818, 1820-78 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1811-75

Nonconformist Chapels;


Index to Burials from Parish Registers 1813-1837 available for purchase from  Cardiganshire Family History Society Volume 2: Ilar (Upper) Hundred . Parishes covered: Eglwys Newydd, Gwnnws, Llanafan, Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, Llanilar, Lledrod, Rhostīe, Ysbyty Ystwyth, Ystrad Meurig


Description and Travel

The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., by Jones, 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 Llanafan Odwyn parish  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 Llanafan   from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1895


Cardiganshire Families


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 273/6; the last 4 church incumbents were ---Stokes of Pembrokeshire, 1750 Edward Griffiths of Carmarthenshire, 1780 Thomas Davies of Pant y fedwen, 1800 David Jones of Grogwynion. Section on Crosswood (Trawscoed).

Morgan, Gerald. A Welsh House and its Family : the Vaughans of Trawsgoed [Crosswood].1999.A study of the largest landowners in Cardiganshire, from the C14 to C20. The Trawsgoed estate extended over 22 Cardiganshire parishes, including Llanafan. This book is necessary reading for anyone researching in Llanafan as it contains much descriptive matter about the parish, church , other buildings and its inhabitants. The book is listed in Gomer, Llandysul's 2002 Catalogue, 1 85902 472 6.  

Morgan, Gerald. The Trawsgoed Inheritance. Ceredigion [new paper back format] : Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Vol 2, No 1, 1993

Morgan, Gerald. Writing an Estate and Family History: The Vaughans of Trawsgoed. Second Stages in Researching Welsh Ancestry. Edited by John & Sheila Rowlands. FFHS, 1999

Land and Property

At the NLW are ;


Green F (ed) CALENDAR OF DEEDS AND DOCUMENTS of the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Vol 2 THE CROSSWOOD DEEDS, 1927, Crosswood Estate in Cardiganshire

Howells, J M. Crosswood Estate, 1547-1947 (NLW's site) Ceredigion, Vol III

Jenkins, Dafydd. Trawscoed. Llawlyfr Cym. Cered. Llundain, Vol VI (1950-1)

Morgan, Gerald.  The Trawscoed Inheritance   (NLW's site)  Ceredigion XII

Thomas, Peter D G.  Two Vaughan Brothers of Trawsgoed: the first Earl of Lisburne and Lieutenant-General Sir John Vaughan  (NLW's site) Ceredigion XIV


Public Records

Parochial records at the NLW ;


This page has been partly compiled from material previously published in their journal
by kind permission of Cardiganshire Family History Society


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