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Llanfair Clydogau

"LLANVAIR CLYDOGAU (LLAN-VAIR-Y-CLYWEDOGAU), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of MOYTHEN, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (N. E. by E.) from Lampeter, containing 385 inhabitants. This parish is pleasantly situated in the upper part of the Vale of Teivy, and on the eastern bank of that river, at a short distance from the turnpike road from Lampeter to Trêgaron bordering on the county of Carmarthen..."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llanfair Clydogau 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 - photograph on Dyfed FHS

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

  • Llanfairclydoge Parish Church                               Morgan Williams, Incumbent
  • see chapels below

Parish entry for Cellan and Llanfair Clydogau from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • All Saints
  • &
  • St Mary (Llanfair Clydogau)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J N Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Lampeter
  • Acreage 3,450 & 4,487 ; Population 361 & 380

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1813-1910. Marriages 1813-1970. Burials 1813-1965  NLW/Cer.RO
Copy ms PR C 1748-1813. M 1748-53, 1755-1810. B 1748-1811  NLW/Cer.RO
Bishops Transcripts;
1676, 1678-9, 1684, 1686, 1799, 1806, 1808-9, 1811-16, 1818-34, 1836, 1838-40, 1853-4, 1859-80, 1882 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1806-40, 1853-75

Nonconformist Chapels;

Capel Mair Ind chapel, Llanfair Bridge

  • Capel Mair Ind chapel, Llanfair Bridge        SN62175143     Started 1790 at Pentre, chapel built 1825, rebuilt 1845, 1861 & 1911.   Vestry (re)built 1951.     Records; see Ebenezer, Llangybi parish      Still open 1998     (The Chapels Recording Project in Wales  & Rawlins - see Notes on Church/Chapel Records page)
  • Capel Mair, Llanfair Clydoge     Ind             Erected in 1825              David Stephens, Independent Minister     (1851 census -  see above)
  • Capel Mair Welsh Ind chapel, Llanfair Clydogau     Opened 1825    Still open in 1992    ( My Ancestors were Congregationalists in England and Wales, by D J H Clifford, SOG, 1992.)
  • Morgan, D Lloyd. Capel Mair, Llanfair Clydogau. Cyfrol y jiwbili yn cynwys hanes a dathliad ei chanmlwyddiant, sef o Gorffenaf, 1825, hyd Gorffenaf, 1925. Llanelli: James Davies a'i Gwmni, 1926
  • Photograph on Dyfed FHS

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

  • Gomer M. Roberts, Hanes Capeli, Books and Papers  "Include;...... Capel Mair, Llanfair Clydogau......."

Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+).   Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Maureen Saycell (Sept 2008)

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llanfair Clydogau which are provided by:

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;

  • Area 4815 acres; Population 271 males, 317 females, total 588

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanfair Clydogau   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)

  • Llanfair Clydogau (73); Afon Dulas; Bryn Cyssegrfan; Castell Goetre; Esgair; Glan-Dulas-uchaf; Glan-rhocca; Llanfair Clydogau (village); Llanfair-fach; Llwyn-cnau; Llyn y Gwaith; Maes-y-forest; Nant Clywedog; Nant Clywedog-ganol; Nant Clywedog-uchaf; Pant-meinog; Pen-lan-medd; Pentre; Pont Glanrhyd;

Description of the parish of Llanfair Clydogau  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 Llanfair Clydogau 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 section relating to this parish is on pages 228/9; the incumbent of the church in 1800 was the Rev David Williams. Mentioned is the residence of Plas Llanvair Clywedogau.

Williams,  David Vicar of Llanfair. Y wladfa fach fynyddig. Situated in the parishes of Llanddewibrefi and Llanfairclydogau. Dinbych: 1963

Land and Property

Documents held at the NLW :

  • Cardiganshire Rentals ;
    19-20. Lordship of Anhuniog, 1925 (Betws Leucu, Cilcennin, Ciliau Aeron, Henfynyw, Llanfair Clydogau).


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN625513 (Lat/Lon: 52.142796, -4.010810), Llanfair Clydogau which are provided by:


[Gareth Hicks: 13 Dec 2012]