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"LLANILAR ( LLAN-ILAR), a parish consisting of the Upper and Lower divisions, each separately maintaining its poor, in the upper division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (S. S. E.) from Aberystwith, containing 994 inhabitants, of which number, 482 are in the Upper, and 512 in the Lower, division. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church, is pleasantly situated on the southern bank of the river Ystwyth, and near the high road from Aberystwith to Cardigan. Part of it is hilly, though some is flat and liable to be flooded: the soil is in general shallow and dry, but produces good crops of corn, hay, &c...."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


Benson, D G, C S Briggs, J L Davies and G H Williams. A Bronze Age cemetery at Llanilar, Ceredigion  (NLW's site) Ceredigion, Vol IX/3 1982.
"This account of the work at Llanilar (prompted by a find during excavations for housing) is a report describing only the 1980 salvage excavations upon the main part of the Bronze Age cemetery. During 1983, investigations were recommenced and the results of that work must await publication at a later date...."

Church History

St Hilary - photograph on Dyfed FHS

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

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  for Llanilar with Rhostie from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

Rees, Gwynfor.  Un o'r harddaf yn y parth hwn o'r sir: Adnewyddu Eglwys Llanilar 1873/4   (NLW's site)   Ceredigion X

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1685-1984. Marriages 1685-1970 [Banns 1823-1992].Burials 1685-1992   NLW with copies of some dates at Cer.RO
Bishops Transcripts;
1675-6, 1678-9, 1682-3, 1688, 1699, 1702-3, 1705, 1811-72, 1874-6 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1811-76. Marriages 1812-37

Index to Burials from Parish Registers 1813-1837 available for purchase from  Cardiganshire Family History Society Volume 2: Ilar (Upper) Hundred . Parishes covered: Eglwys Newydd, Gwnnws, Llanafan, Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, Llanilar, Lledrod, Rhost´e, Ysbyty Ystwyth, Ystrad Meurig

Nonconformist Chapels;

Carmel Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Llanilar

Sundry other chapel references


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

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1895


Wooden  boot jack, Llanilar, late C19th  - on the People's Collection Wales site

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 284/86; Hamlets named include Dolvawr, Middle, Eglwys, Rhydybrynarth, Grugwen. The last 5 church incumbents were ---Roberts, John Morgan, William Hughes of Glanr'avon, Daniel Williams of Carmarthenshire, 1798 Owen Owen of Aberystwyth.  Mention of Abermaid, Llidiade estate, Castle Hill estate.

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

Public Records

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


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