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"LLANGWYRYVON, or LLANGRWYDDON, (LLAN Y GWYRYDDON), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES,  8 miles (S. by E.) from Aberystwith, containing 533 inhabitants. The name of this place signifies " the church of the Virgins," and is derived from the dedication of its church to St.Ursula, and the eleven thousand virgins. The parish is situated on the southern bank of the Wyrai river, and comprises a considerable tract of enclosed and well-cultivated land, with a large portion of open and elevated common...."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Church History

St Ursula - photograph on Dyfed FHS LLANGWYRYFON, St. Ursula & 11000 Virgins 1878-1880   - 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 1729-1991. Marriages 1729-1970 [Banns with gaps 1823-1992]. Burials 1729-1992  NLW with copies of some dates at Cer.RO
Copy ts PR M 1725-1837 with index  NLW/Cer.RO
Bishops Transcripts;
1674-5, 1678, 1680-1, 1683-5, 1687, 1699, 1811-66, 1868-79, 1887-90 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1812-75

Index to Burials from Parish Registers 1813-1837 available for purchase from  Cardiganshire Family History Society Volume 3: Ilar (Lower) Hundred . Parishes covered: Cilcennin, Henfynyw, Llanbadarn Trefeglwys, Llanddeiniol, Llanddewi Aberarth, Llangwyryfon, Llanrhystud, Llansantffraid, Llanychaiarn, Trefilan

For Parochial Records, see under Public Records

Nonconformist Chapels; see Chapels database


Descriptions 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 Llangwyryfon 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)

Description of the parish of Llangwyryfon  from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1895


Main, Gwladys. David Morgans, Police Officer: A Life's Journey from Llangwyryfon to Aberystwyth. Cardiganshire FHS Journal Vol 2~ No 6, Oct 2000. Continues in part the article by Shirley Martin in the Feb 2000 issue.

Martin, Shirley. More on the Morgans family of Trefenter, Llangwyryfon. Cardiganshire FHS journal Vol 3/3 Oct 2002


6th century inscribed stone from Llangwyryfon - on the People's Collection Wales site     "This fragmentary stone bears the Latin inscription: DOMNICI / IACIT FILIVS / BRAVECCI 'of Domnicus. He lies (here), son of Braveccus'"

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 280/1; section on Rhandir estate.

Phillips, Richard. Dyn a'i Wreiddiau: Peth o Hanes Plwyf Llangwyryfon  [Man and His Origins : History of Llangyryfon parish]. Aberystwyth: Welsh Book Centre,1975

Land and Property

Held at the NLW ;


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

Public Records

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

Parochial Records at the NLW;

Held at Ceredigion Archives;


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


This page has been partly compiled from material previously published in their journal
by kind permission of Cardiganshire Family History Society

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