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"LLANINA (LLAN-INA), a parish in the hundred of MOYTHEN, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 15 miles (N. W. by W.) from Lampeter, containing 474 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the shore of Cardigan bay, by which it is bounded on the south and south-east, and is intersected by a small river, which, formed by the union of two streams to the south of the parish, pursues a northerly course and falls into the bay of Cardigan, near the small harbour of New Quay. The lands are mostly enclosed and in a tolerable state of cultivation ; the surrounding scenery is pleasingly varied, and in some parts enriched with thriving timber ; and the views, extending over the open bay, are not destitute of interest. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Llanarth, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's. The church, a neat edifice lately erected, is situated near the shore of the bay, at the extremity of a well-wooded dingle : it is dedicated to St. Ina, King of the West Saxons, who, devoting his life to religious pursuits, resigned the government of his kingdom to his kinsman Ethelred, and went on a pilgrimage to Rome; having passed the remainder of his life in retirement, he was canonized after his death. This parish contributes to defray a portion of the expenses of that of' Llanllwchairn. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £ 82."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Monumental inscriptions for St Ina's Church, Llanina and Wern Independent Chapel, Llanina are available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS

Llanarth and Llanina parishes [9 churches and chapels], Mls ; searches within  their Research Service from Cardiganshire Family History Society


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llanina area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

St Ina -photograph on Dyfed FHS

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

  • Llanina Parish Church              David Evans, Vicar

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

  • St David
  • &
  • St Ina (Llanina)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J D Lewis
  • Rural Deanery of Glyn Aeron
  • Acreage  15,103 & 1,832; Population 1,230

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1688-1992. Marriages 1688-1754, 1781-1970. Burials 1688-1992   NLW/Cer.RO
PR earliest entries in Llannarth PR, entirely separate PR begins 1781.
Bishops Transcripts; See Llannarth

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms -

Nonconformist Chapels;  

Y Wern Welsh  Independent chapel, Wern

  • Y Wern Welsh  Independent chapel, Wern            SN41065902          Started 1815; chapel and schoolroom built 1851     Members; 167 in 1851      Records; see Penycae, Penarth & Penrhiwgaled, Llanllwchaearn           Still open 1998              ( The Chapels Recording Project in Wales (RCAHMW)  &   Rawlins  - see Notes on Church/Chapel Records page )
  • See also under Cemeteries above
  • Photograph on Dyfed FHS
  • Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006) & contact details on Ceredigion Library site 2007

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llanina which are provided by:

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 1998 acres; Population 216 males, 240 females, total 456

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanina   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)

  • Llanina (63); Careg Ina (island); Cwm-bedw; Graig Ddu; Little Quay Bay; Llain; Llain-garreg-twyd; Llanina (village); Llwyn-on; Oernant; Pen-lan
  • Llanina (64 - Cydplwyf); Cefn-coed; Cil-gynlle; Gilfach-rheda; Pen-sarnau

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.

  • "The church is newly erected........and it is a chapel of ease to Llanarth...."
  • Llanina House, the residence of Edward Warren Jones Esq., is pleasantly situated in a cove near the sea, not far from Newquay. It came to the Jones family from Daniel Gwyn, who dying without issue, left it to Edward Jones his half brother. He was a descendent of Cadwgan Grach, of Carog ab Cadwgan Vychan ab Cadwgan vawr ab Rhys ab Rhydderch ab Cadivor."


Siani Pob Man (1834-1917) - at Ceredigion Library   "Siani Pob Man (Jane Everywhere) lived in a run down mud walled cottage on the beach in Cei Bach. ........". See also Cwmgors a'r Waun

Passmore, Susan Campbell. A century of 'embezzlers' : the occurrence of the unusual surname Reculat in the parishes of Llanllwchaearn, Llanina and Llannarth (Cardiganshire) between 1670 and 1780 . Dyfed Family History Journal 3/3 (1989), p. 64-6

Reppun, Diane. Discovering Elizabeth. Cardiganshire FHS journal, Vol 3/3 Oct 2002. Relates to Elizabeth Lewis/Joshua Lewis of Wern House, Gilfachreda.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanina has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Passmore, Susan. Manorial Records of Caerwedros, Cardiganshire. After Edward 1's  conquest of Wales the commot of Caerwedros  became a Crown manor comprising the present day parishes of Llangrannog, Llandysiliogogo, Llannarth, Llanina and Llanllwchaearn. Dyfed Family History Journal 5/6 (Apr 1996), p. 227-230


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN405598 (Lat/Lon: 52.213235, -4.336041), Llanina which are provided by: