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"LLANVIHANGEL YSTRAD (LLAN-VIHANGEL YSTRAD), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of MOYTHEN, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (N. W.) from Lampeter, comprising the Upper and Lower divisions, and containing 1183 inhabitants, of which number, 612 are in the Upper, and 571 in the Lower, division. This parish, which is pleasantly situated on the river Aron and on the turnpike road front Lampeter to Aberystwith, is of considerable extent, reaching from the beautiful vale of Aron almost to that of the Teivy, comprehending a rich variety of scenery, in many parts highly picturesque, and embracing, especially from the higher grounds, several interesting and extensive views of the surrounding country...."
 [From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


A bound copy of the 1841 census return for this parish is available at Carmarthen Reference Library. It was produced by pupils of Lampeter Comprehensive School as part of the Lampeter and District Census Project 1987.

Church History

St Michael's church -  photograph on Dyfed FHS

St Silin, Cribyn church -  photograph on Dyfed FHS LLANFIHANGEL YSTRAD, St. Michael 1874-1876   - on the Church plans online site

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 1712-46, 1813-1993. Marriages 1712-46, 1812-1970[Banns 1823-93]. Burials 1712-46, 1813-1992 NLW with copies of some dates at Cer.RO
PR CMB 1748-1812 recorded in 1933 seemingly lost
Bishops Transcripts;
1676, 1678-9, 1681-3, 1689, 1799-1867, 1869-82, 1885-8, 1890 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1875

Nonconformist Chapels; see Chapels database


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 Llanfihangel Ystrad   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 Llanfihangel Ystrad   from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1895


Cardiganshire Families

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


Gorman, David.  John Jones --- Master Clogmaker and Fisherman. Cardiganshire FHS journal vol 3/8 June 2004. John Jones of Frongay, born there 1860.

Griffith-Jones, Bill. A Blue Book schoolmaster ? Cardiganshire FHS journal vol 4/1 Feb 2005. Refers to John Jones, schoolmaster at Cribyn in Llanfihangel Ystrad


Lewes,  J Hext.      Llanllyr 1180-1980     (NLW's site)      Ceredigion Vol VI

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 236/38; referred to as Ystrad parish, the church is a vicarage and the last 3 incumbents were the Rev David Lloyd, Rev Henry Rogers, Rev Thomas Davies. Mentioned are Ystrad House, Llywd-Siac, Green Grove, and Llanllear.

Land and Property

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

Held at the NLW ;


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


Davies, J Llefelys.    A Milk Enterprise at Felinfach.        Llawlyfr Cymdeithas Ceredigion Llundain, 1952


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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