For further details of this project see Cardiganshire Chapels Database
Compiled by Gareth Hicks (March 2007)
NB. Not all available data was necessarily used from sources - and sources 1 & 4 have been combined as similar
- 1. The Chapels Recording Project in Wales (RCAHMW)
- 2. The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., byJones, I.G. & Williams, D. UWP, Cardiff, 1976
- 3. Nonconformist Registers of Wales published by the National Library of Wales in 1994.
- 4. The Parish Churches and Nonconformist Chapels of Wales: Their Records and where to Find them, Vol. One, Cardigan - Carmarthen - Pembroke, by Rawlins, B.J. (1987).
- 5. Kelly's Directory, South Wales 1910 - the Archive Cd Books Cd
- 6. Kelly's Directory, South Wales 1895 - the Archive Cd Books Cd
- 7. My Ancestors were Congregationalists in England and Wales, by D J H Clifford, SOG, 1992.
- 8. Independent Chapels of Wales: History Books and Pamphlets by Huw Walters.
- 9. Death and Burial indexes available for purchase from Cardiganshire Family History Society
- 10. Online Commercial & Residential Directories as appropriate to a particular parish - apart from what may already be on Genuki, see also the Historical Directories site
- Dyfed FHS - Photographs of chapels (may also be other data there)
- Archives Network Wales
- Lewis 1833 on Genuki (Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833 )
Saron Ind chapel (Capel Saron / Capel Bach), Llangwyryfon
- Saron Ind chapel (Capel Saron / Capel Bach), Llangwyryfon SN59977056 Chapel built 1843, enlarged c.1872. Members; less than 20 in 1873 Not still open 1998 (demolished.) (1) & (4)
- Saron Ind Erected in 1843 Thomas Jones, Independent Minister 1851 (2)
- Ind chapel, Llangwyryfon Now closed, no trace  (7)
- Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here below is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh) copied from the Cd published by Archive CD Books - with translation
- Photograph on Dyfed FHS
Bethel Welsh CM chapel, Trefenter
- Bethel Welsh CM chapel, Trefenter SN60686866 Started 1807, chapel built 1834, schoolroom built 1808. Members; 93 in 1834 Records; see Tabor Still open 1998 (1) & (4)
- Bethel CM Erected in 1808 David Jones, Deacon (To be left at D Jones, National Bank, Aberystwyth) ? 1851 (2)
- Photograph on Dyfed FHS
- Bethel Trefenter CM chapel - still open in 2006
Moreia CM chapel, Trefenter, Llangwyryfon
- No other mention found of this chapel
- Moreia CM chapel, Trefenter, Llangwyryfon - still open in 2006
Tabor Welsh CM chapel, Llangwyryfon
- Tabor Welsh CM chapel, Llangwyryfon SN59717064 Started 1740, worshipped at farm Tref-y-clawdd near Trefenter Daniel preached here often Chapel built 1769, rebuilt 1789, 1819, restored 1860 Records; 1. births & bapts 1816-37 PRO & in IGI 2. births & bapts 1837-1968 NLW 3. account books 1819-45, 1846-82 NLW 4. Sunday school collection book 1907-33 NLW Still open 1998 (1) & (4)
- Tabor, Llangwiryfon CM Erected after 1800 John James, Deacon, Penycwm, Llangwiryfon 1851 (2)
- Tabor CM Bapts 1816-37 PRO Bapts 1837-1968 NLW (3)
- See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg
- Photograph on Dyfed FHS
Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;
- Phillips of Tal-y-bont Papers Including " ......papers relating to Tabor Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Llangwyryfon, 1860-1926...."
- Tabor Llangwyryfon CM chapel - still open in 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
(Vol 4, p 118)
"Yn y flwyddyn 1842 y dechreuwyd pregethu yn y lle hwn gan yr Annibynwyr. Dichon fod rhai pregethwyr Annibynol wedi bod yma yn achlysurol cyn hyny, ond y pryd hwnw y dechreuwyd cynal gwasanaeth cyson yma. Mr. B Rees, Llanbadarn, a Mr. T. Jones, Cilcenin, oedd y ddau weinidog cyntaf a ddeuent yma, ac mewn amaethdy a elwir Cilfachycoed y pregethent. Wedi i'r ddau frawd hyn fod yn pregethu yma yn lled fynych am oddeutu blwyddyn a haner, ac i fesur o fwyddiant ddilyn eu llafur, penderfynwyd adeiladu capel yn y gymydogaeth, yr hyn a wnaed, a ffurfiwyd yma eglwys. Agorwyd y capel Hydref 25ain a'r 26ain, 1843. Bu Mr. Rees a Mr. Jones yn cydweinidogaethu yma dros rywfaint o amser, ond oherwydd y galwad oedd am ei wasanaeth yn ei gylch cartrefol, rhoddodd Mr. Rees heibio ymweled a'r lle hwn, ac felly, syrthiodd y gofal yn hollol ar Mr. Jones, ond y mae rhai o weinidogion y sir a phregethwyr cynorthwyol yn llenwi ei le ar y Sabbothau na byddo efe yma. Y rhai sydd yn dyfod yma fynychaf yn bresenol yw Mr. Miles, Aberystwyth; Mr. Rowlands, Llanon; Mr. Thomas Thomas, Aberystwyth, a Mr. John Adams, Talybont. Cafodd y capel ei adgyweirio a'i harddu yn fawr yn ddiweddar. Yr oedd y draul i wneyd hyny tua thriugain punt. Nid yw nifer yr aelodau yn llawn ugain, na'r gwrandawyr ond ychydig mewn cymhariaeth, ond dichon y gwelir yr amser pan y bydd y fechan wedi myned yn fil, a'r wael yn genedl gref."*
* Llythyr Mr. Jones, Cilcenin.
Translation by Maureen Saycell (Jan 2008)
"It was in the year 1842 that the Independents started to preach in this place, although some Independent Preachers had been here on occasionally before, it was then that regular services began. Mr B. Rees, Llanbadarn and Mr T. Jones, Cilcennin were the first two preachers to come here and they preached in a farmhouse called Cilfachycoed. After these two brothers had been preaching here fairly regularly for about a year and a half and a measure of success following their work it was decided to build a Chapel in the neighbourhood, which was done and a Church was established. The Chapel was opened on October 25th and 26th, 1843. Mr Rees and Mr Jones held a joint Ministry here for a while but because of the call of duty in his home parish he stopped visiting and so the sole duty of care fell to Mr Jones with some of the other Ministers in the county helping on Sundays when he was away. The most frequent visiting Ministers at present are Mr Miles, Aberystwyth; Mr Rowlands, Llannon; Mr Thomas Thomas, Aberystwyth and Mr John Adams Talybont. The Chapel was recently repaired and decorated. It was very difficult with only sixty pounds. The number of members are less than twenty, the listeners (attenders) are few in comparison, but hopefully the time will come when a few will become a thousand, and the weak will become strong"*
*Letter Mr Jones, Cilcennin.
[Gareth Hicks: 16 Oct 2011]