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"LLANWENOG (LLAN WENOG), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of MOYTHEN, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 5 Miles (W. S. W.) from Lampeter, containing 1647 inhabitants. This parish, which comprises the upper and lower divisions, is pleasantly situated on the river Teivy, and on the turnpike road leading from Lampeter to Cardigan. It is distinguished as the scene of a memorable battle, which was fought in 981, between the Danes, under their famous leader Godfrid, and the native Welsh under Eineon ab Owain (in which the former were totally defeated), or, according to Dr. Meyrick, between Eineon and his countryman Hywel ab Ievav; and a square intrenchment in a field called Cae'r Vaes, or " the field of battle," on the farm of Ty cam, in this parish, is still pointed out as the spot where the engagement took place......"
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


Llanwenog and Llanwnen parishes [ 10 churches and chapels],Mls ; searches within  their Research Service from   Cardiganshire Family History Society


A bound copy of the 1841 census return for this parish is available at Carmarthen Reference Library.It was produced by pupils of Lampeter Comprehensive School as part of the Lampeter and District Census Project 1987.

Church History

St Gwenog - 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 Llanybydder and Llanwenog from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

Evans, R. E. H. Eglwys y Plwyf, Llanwenog [The Parish Church, Llanwenog ]. Llanwenog,  1985?

Morris, J.   St Gwenog: her church and her well. Card. Antq. Soc. Trans., Vol I/3   Welsh Journals Online

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1722-1993. Marriages 1722-54, 1796-1802, 1813-1986 [ Banns fac M  1855-1942]. Burials 1722-1850, 1855-1993   NLW with copies of some dates at Cer.RO
Copy manuscripts PR[extracts] CMB 1722-1812 NLW
Bishops Transcripts;
1676, 1681, 1799-1845, 1847-9, 1855-6, 1865-6, 1892 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1866

Nonconformist Chapels;  see Chapels database


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 Llanwenog 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)

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1895

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


Davies, D J.            Llanwenog.            Transactions of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society    Vol 12  1937   Welsh Journals Online

Evans, Emile T. Cors Fochno and Cors Goch (NLW's site)     Ceredigion, Vol I


Cardiganshire Families Project


Davies, Cledlyn. Hanes Llanwenog: y plwyf, a'i bobl. [A History of Llanwenog, the Parish and its People]. Aberystwyth, Welsh Gazette,  1939

Davies, J R. The Trenactus Stone (NLW's site) Ceredigion Vol II

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 213/217; formerly had 4 chapels of ease (none of which now exist), they were Cappel Whyl, Llanvaughan, Capel Santessau, and Capel Brun eglwys. The late incumbents of the church were the Rev David Williams, Rev Evans, and the Rev Joshua Davies. Also mentioned are Llan-Vaughan mansion, High Mead, Dolwlph, Bwlchbychan, Bwlchmawr, and Court Newydd.

Land and Property

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

Held at the NLW;

Held at Ceredigion Archives;


Davies, J Ceredig. History and traditions of the neighbourhood of Highmead. Card. Antq. Soc. Trans, Vol I/3   Welsh Journals Online


View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries


Charles, B.G. The Highmead Dairy, 1778-97 (NLW's site) Ceredigion: Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society. Vol. V. No. 1 (1964)

Public Records

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


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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