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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.]


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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

  • Llanfair Orllwyn Parish Church                    Thomas Lloyd, Rector

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

  • St Mary
  • Incumbent and Curates; E Davies
  • Rural Deanery of Sub Aeron
  • Acreage  1,756 ; Population 438

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

  • Memorial Inscriptions produced by Dyfed FHS for Llanfairorllwyn: [Santes Fair, Gwernllwyn, Neuadd Penrhiw-llan.]
  • Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)

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;

  • Area 1744 acres; Population 197 males, 236 females, total 433

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)

  • Llanfairorllwyn (88); Bryn-gwyn; Dol-Ifor; Gilfach-chwith; Glyn-caled; Maen-gwyn; Nant-y-gwynfan; Parcau; Penrallt-Fachnog; Pen-rhiw-llan; Pwll-cornel;

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.

  • "This is also called Llanvairy Clwyn, evidently a corruption of the former. The proper name is Llanvair o'r Llwyn, i.e "St Mary's in the grove". It is in the lordship of Gwynionydd Issa."
  • "The three last incumbents of the parish church were ; the Rev. John Williams ; the Rev. John Jones ; and the Rev. Thomas Price."
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Historical Geography

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