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"LLANBADARN-ODWYNNE (LLAN-BADARN-ODYN), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of PENARTH, county of CARDIGAN,SOUTH WALES, 9 miles (N. N. E.) from Lampeter, containing 558 inhabitants. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Paternus and its distinguishing adjunct from its conspicuous position on the summit of a lofty eminence, is situated near the river Aron and from the higher grounds is obtained a fine view of the Vale of Aron, which abounds with pleasing and richly varied scenery. It formerly constituted a prebend in the collegiate church of Llandewy-Brevi, founded by Thomas Beck, Bishop of St. David's, in 1187, and was rated in the king's books at 6. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with 600 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Rev. Samuel Evans, the present incumbent. The church is a small edifice, consisting only of a nave and chancel, situated on a lofty eminence ; and from the churchyard is an interesting view of the vale beneath, and an extensive prospect over the surrounding country. There is a place of worship for Calvinistic Methodists, which is the largest dissenting place of worship in South Wales. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to 89.10."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Church History

St Padarn's church - photograph on Dyfed FHS

Parish entry for Llanddewi Brefi with Llanbadarn Odwyn from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1815-1956. Marriages 1808-1942 [Banns 1823-36,1913] NLW. Burials 1813-1930  NLW with copies of some dates at Cer.RO
PR CMB 1777-1812 recorded in 1831 seemingly lost. Entries for CMB before 1812 in PR Llanddewibrefi.
Bishops Transcripts;
1683-5, 1811, 1813-35, 1841-56, 1866, 1871, 1873, 1875, 1877 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1811-54, 1866-77

Nonconformist Chapels;

Llwynpiod CM chapel, Llanbadarn Odwyn


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 Llanbadarn 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)

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1895

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.


Hogg, A.H.A.   A Promentary Fort at Tre-Coll, Llanbadarn Odwyn (NLW's site)    Ceredigion : Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Vol VI, No 4, 1971.



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