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"LLANSANTFRAID (LLAN - SANT - FRAID), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 11 miles (S. by W.) from Aberystwith, containing 1206 inhabitants. The village, which is situated on the road from Cardigan to Aberystwith, consists only of a few houses of mean appearance : the parish is noted for its abundant produce of barley. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of' St. David's, rated in the king's books at £ 6.13.4., endowed with £400 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David's. The church, dedicated to St. Bridget, is a commodious edifice, agreeably situated near the shore of Cardigan bay. There are places of worship for Independents and Calvinistic Methodists. Leland has recorded the existence here of a large building, but he was unable to determine whether or not it was the abbey of Llanfride, of which mention is made in the book " De Dotatione Ecclesiae S. Davidis." Giraldus also speaks of Llansanfride nunnery, but it is equally uncertain whether this was situated here. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £304.5."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Llansantffraid Church, Mls ; searches within  their Research Service from   Cardiganshire Family History Society


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llansanffraid 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 Bridget - photograph on Dyfed FHS

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

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

Dewi Sant, Nebro - 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 Bridget
  • &
  • Dewi Sant Mission Church
  • Incumbent and Curates; E Williams
  • Rural Deanery of Glyn Aeron
  • Acreage 4,707; Population 998

McDermott, Mark. The rebuilding of Llansantffraid's Parish Church   (NLW's site)   Ceredigion XIV

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1796-1993. Marriages 1754-1812, 1837-1988. Burials 1796-1966   NLW/Cer.RO
Diocesan records suggest that c 1790 this parish had registers going back to 1696. No mention of PR M 1813-37 in 1933 survey
Copy ts PR/BT M 1754-1837 with index   NLW/Cer.RO
Bishops Transcripts;
1678, 1681, 1811-65, 1870-80, 1882 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1811-75

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

Nonconformist Chapels; see Chapels database

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llansanffraid 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 5443 acres; Population 594 males, 692 females, total 1286

Places, villages, farms etc within Llansanffraid   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)

  • Llansanffraid (54); Afon Clydan; Allt-goch; Allt-lwyd; Bryn-amlwg; Carn-foel; Garn-fach; Gilfach-goch; Glan Peris; Hafod-wynog; Lan-las; Llanon (village?); Llansantffraid (village); Maes-pwll; Morfa; Nebo; Pant-anamlwg; Pen-ty-parc; Pen-y-fagwyr; Rhyd-y-dorth; Tryal mawr; Ty'n-y-bedw; Wern-llaeth

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.

  • "This parish is delightfully situated on the sea-side, and consists chiefly of low land, so advantageous for barley, that when manured with the sea-weed mixed with dung, successive crops of that same corn have been raised on it for upwards of sixty years."
  • "The church is dedicated to St Ffraid Leian, daughter of Cadwrthai, of Ireland. She is called by the English St Bride ; and she lived about the middle of the seventh century."
  • In the church, on the south wall of the nave, is a black mural monument with an inscription to one Lewis Davies of Perth y Gwenyn, gent, who died in 1747 aged 52.
  • "The names of the four last incumbents [of the parish church] are ; 1730, the Rev. - Lloyd ; 1736, the Rev. Richard Morris ; 1747, the Rev Jenkin Jenkins ; and 1764, the Rev. Isaac Williams."
  • "In this parish is the hamlet of Llanon, where are the remains of its ancient chapel...........its name has been given in consequence of it having being dedicated to St Non, the same person to whom Llanychaeron church is dedicated."

Emigration and Immigration

Morris, Eloise. From Llannon to Waukesha, Wisconsin, Via Cynwyl Caio- An Emigrant's Story. The lives of descendants of William Davies (1771-1856), son of mariner John Jones, who emigrated to Winsconsin, USA.  Dyfed Family History Society journal April 1994, Vol 4, number 9, pages 360-369

Historical Geography

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


The book   Mynegai i Ceredigion [Index to Ceredigion] 1-X, edited by Howells,W.H.  1990, has numerous references to Llansanffraid. Two important articles, both by Spencer Thomas, which form an excellent starting point for anyone researching ancestors in the parish are; Land Occupation, ownership, and utilisation in the parish of Llansantffraid [Vol III, 1957]; and The Enumerators' Returns as a source for a period picture of the parish of Llansantffraid, 1841-1851 [Vol IV, 1963].

Thomas, Spencer. The enumerators' returns as a source for a period picture of the parish of Llansantffraid, 1841/51   (NLW's site)   Ceredigion BVol IV

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."   
  • Cardiganshire Tithe Records      "Tithe Commission records for land in Cardiganshire, 1838-1852, including Llansantffraed tithe map and apportionment schedule, 1841; ..........."

Held at the NLW;

  • Deeds and documents, 1617-1869, of the Hughes family of Allt-lwyd, in Llansanffraid parish, relating to counties of Cardigan,Carmarthen and Pembroke.

McDermott, Mark. Two examples of vernacular architecture in the parishes of Llansantffraid and Aberarth  (Ty'n y Cwm in the first and 2 cottages in the second) (NLW's site) Ceredigion Vol VIII

Thomas, Spencer.  Land occupation, ownership, and utilisation in the parish of Llansantffraid (NLW's site)   Ceredigion, Vol III


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN514675 (Lat/Lon: 52.285461, -4.180017), Llansanffraid which are provided by:

Merchant Marine

Thomas, G Ivor.   Captain John Richards (1813-1903) and the 'Eagle Eyed'(1858-1897)   (NLW's site)   Ceredigion X  [This article deals with one of Llan-non's most long lived sailing captains....]


Thomas, G.J. Ysgol Llannon.   1978

Cymdeithas Hanes Llansantffraed Historical Society - for details see Ceredigion Local History Forum


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


[Gareth Hicks: 12 Dec 2012]