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"LLANRHYSTID ( LLAN-RHYSTYD), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 9 miles (S. by W.) from Aberystwith, on the road to Cardigan, containing 1525 inhabitants. This place, though at present of little importance, has been distinguished in history from a remote period of antiquity. In 987, its church was demolished  by the Danes, in one of their descents upon South Wales. The castle of Llanrhystid called also Dinerth castle, was, in 1080, at which period it belonged to lestyn ab Gwrgan, Prince of Glamorgan, sacked by Rhys, Prince of South Wales........"
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llanrhystud 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

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Rhystud's Church

St Rhystud / Restitus - 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

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

  • St Restitutus
  • Incumbent and Curates; D W Davies
  • Rural Deanery of Glyn Aeron
  • Acreage 8,686; Population 936

Jones, Ieuan Gwynedd. The Re-Building of Llanrhystud Church (NLW's site)   Ceredigion : Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Vol VII, No 2, 1973.

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1738-97, 1800-1977. Marriages 1738-1971 [Banns 1823-37]. Burials 1738-97, 1800-1978 NLW/Cer.RO
Copy manuscripts PR  C 1738-59, 1800-1900  M 1738-54, 1801-1950  B 1738-59, 1800-1953 NLW
Copy ts PR M 1739-1837 with index NLW/Cer.RO
Bishops Transcripts;
1676, 1678, 1699, 1703, 1811, 1813-74, 1876-8 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1810-78

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

Nonconformist Chapels;  see Chapels database

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llanrhystud 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;

  • Llanrhystud Parish consisting of Haminiog Township and Mefenydd Township
  • Area 8770 acres
  • Haminiog Township
  • Population 412 males, 451 females, total 863
  • Mefenydd Township
  • Population 300 males, 353 females, total 653

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanrhystud 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)

  • Llanrhystyd-mefenydd (26); Afon Wyre; Afon Tryal; Caer Penrhos; Careg Ti-pw; Cwm Mabws; Esgair; Gilfach-hafel; Moel Ifor; Pen-lon; Penrhos; Pen-y-cwm-canol; Rhiw-goch; Tregynan; Wyre Fach
  • Llanrhystyd-haminiog (27); Afon Tryal; Bryn-yr-olchfa; Castell Bach; Castell Mawr; Cefn-Mabws; Cwm Mabws; Ffrwd-fach; Ffynnon-Hywel; Garn-fach; Llanrhystud (village)Lluest-newydd; Llyn-Eiddwen; Mabws; Morfa; Nant-Rhyd-Rosser; Pant-cynghorion; Pant-y-gwair; Pant-yr-hogfaen; Pencraig-Peris; Pen-for; Pentre-mawr; Pigyn-uchaf; Rhos-lwyd; Rhos-maen; Rhyd-fudr; Rhyd-las; Rhyd-Rosser; Talwrn-Hogfaen; Talwrnllyn; Trawsnant-uchaf; Wyre Fach (river)

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1895

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

Descriptions of Townships in Llanrhystud parish from Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Llanrhystud - on Wikipedia

Aerial photograph of Craiglas limekilns, near Llanrhystud, 1995 - on the People's Collection Wales site


Davies, Peter . Lloffion Llanrhystud . (NLW's site)   Ceredigion (Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society) Vol XII No 4 (1996), p. 49-58

Edwards, William.      Llanrhystud.    Transactions of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society    Vol 11  1936   Welsh Journals Online


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

  • John Lewis and David Lewis (Llanrhystud) Manuscripts 1718-1908  "John Lewis ('Eos Glyn Wyre') (1836-1892), of Llanrhystud Cardiganshire, and his brother David Lewis (1828-1908), composers.............."
  • Thomas, G. Ivor, papurau (papers) 1838-1994 (accumulated 1951-1994)  "Including; ...... papers relating to Ysgol Myfennydd, Llanrhystud, 1984-1985.........."
Evans, Barbara. The Rev Isaac Williams of Ystrad Teilo and his families. Dyfed FHS journal , Vol 8/2 April 2003. Isaac Williams was Vicar of Llanrhystud from 1764 to his death in 1811.

Hughes, John.  Evans the Milk.   Dyfed FHS journal, vol 7/8 Aug 2002. The story of John Evans born at Ystrad Teilo farm, Llanrhystud in 1813

Thomas, Geoffrey B. Rev. The very first grave and a family mystery. Cardiganshire FHS journal vol 3/8 June 2004. Concerns  Isaac Harris Williams of Llanrhystud and his wife Louise M E Bevan of Llanedy.

Thomas, Geoffrey B. Rev. A Great-Grandfather discovered.  Cardiganshire FHS journal vol 4/1 Feb 2005. Refers to William Thomas.

Williams, D Emrys.  The Reverend Isaac Williams of Ystrad Teilo   (NLW's site)   Ceredigion Vol VII

Historical Geography

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


Lewis W J. A disturbance on Llanrhystud Mountain   (NLW's site)   Ceredigion  Vol IV

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 264/7; the church is a vicarage, the last 4 incumbents were 1730 Rev ---Herbert, 1734 Rev Richard Morris, 1747 Rev Jenkin Jenkins, 1764 Rev Isaac Williams. The date on a pew in this church is 1629. Mention of Ystrad Teilau , now used as the parsonage-house. Also Mabws, and Moel Ivor.

Land and Property

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

  • Allt-lwyd Estate Records 1617-1869  [Hughes family]   "Deeds, mainly relating to the Alltlwyd estate, 1617-1869, chiefly in the parishes of Llanrhystud and Llansanffraid, Cardiganshire."

Held at the NLW:

  • Estate and family records of Lloyd of Mabws, Cardiganshire, Philipps of Hafodneddyn, Carmarthenshire, and Lloyd of Penty Park, Pembrokeshire,  mostly relating to CMN and PEM , 1590-1916.
  • Records from the office of Roberts & Evans, solicitors, Aberystwyth, mostly C18-C20. They include records of many north Cardiganshire estates, notably Aber-mad, Allt-lwyd, Crosswood, Ffosrhydgaled, Fronfraith, Glan-paith, Llidiardau, Mabws, Nanteos, and Pen-glais ; of the Gilbertson family, C18-C20 ; stray Cardiganshire Quarter Sessions records, 1790-C19 ; Cardiganshire Road Board records, C19; office records, C19-C20.
    [ Mabws Hall is/was a small estate near Llanrhystud grid reference SN565686 and was owned by the Lloyd family]
  • Cardiganshire Rentals ;
    8-12. Lordship of Mefenydd, 1892-5 (Gwnnws Isaf, Llangwyryfon, Llanilar, Llanrhystud, Lledrod Isaf, Rhostïe).


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN538697 (Lat/Lon: 52.305870, -4.145813), Llanrhystud which are provided by:

Names, Personal

Held at the NLW ;

  • Papers and music manuscripts of John Lewis [Eos Glan Wyre], Llanrhystud, Cardiganshire, and his brother David Lewis[1828-1908], composer.
  • Papers of David Wyre Lewis [1872-1966], Baptist minister, including papers of the Lewis family of Llanrhystud, C19-C20., and papers relating to Timothy Richard [1845-1919], missionary in China.


Moore-Colyer, Richard J. Farmers and fields in nineteenth-century Wales : the case of Llanrhystud, Cardiganshire. National Library of Wales Journal 26/1 (Summer 1989), p. 32-57. This article does refer  to specific farming families in this parish