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"LLANVAIR ORLLWYN (LLAN-VAIR ORLLWYN), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (E.) from Newcastle-Emlyn, containing 394 inhabitants. This parish derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Mary, and its distinguishing adjunct from its situation in a richly wooded district in the south-western part of the county : the road from Newcastle-Emlyn to Lampeter passes through it. It comprehends an extensive tract of arable and pasture land, which, with the exception of a very inconsiderable portion, is enclosed and in a state of good cultivation. The surrounding scenery is richly diversified, and, in some parts, pleasingly picturesque ; and the views from the higher grounds embrace some interesting features on the banks of the river Teivy, which flows near the parish. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at 4.13.4., endowed with 600 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Bishop. The church is a neat edifice, appropriately fitted up for the performance of divine service, but not possessing any important architectural details. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is 115. 6."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


Memorial Inscriptions produced by Dyfed FHS for Llanfairorllwyn: [Santes Fair, Gwernllwyn, Neuadd Penrhiw-llan.]

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

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

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1813-1991. Marriages 1813-1970. Burials 1813-1963   NLW/Cer.RO
PR CMB 1768-1812 recorded in 1831 as being bound up "in great confusion" seemingly lost. For a description of it see G Eyre Evans Cardiganshire and Its Antiquities[1903], 139.
Bishops Transcripts;
1676, 1679-87, 1700-1, 1703, 1799-1814, 1816, 1818-28, 1830-67, 1874-5, 1878-9 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1879

Nonconformist Chapels;

Gwernllwyn Welsh Ind chapel, Penrhiw-llan


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 Llanfairorllwyn  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 extracts 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.


Cardiganshire Families


View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries


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


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