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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.


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

  • Llanwenog Parish Church                           Hugh Felix, Vicar
  • see Chapels database

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

  • St Peter
  • &
  • St Gwenog (Llanwenog)
  • Incumbent and Curates; D A Jenkins
  • Rural Deanery of Lampeter
  • Acreage --- & 10,723 ; Population 1,055 & 1,368

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

You can see pictures of Llanwenog 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 10270 acres; Population 749 males, 826 females, total 1575

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)

  • Alltyblaca (78); Allt-y-blacca; Dolau; Llan fechan; Pwll-y-bilwg
  • Rhyddlan-ucha (79); Highmead
  • Rhyddlan-issa (80); Bryn-du Hawc; Bwlch Bychan; Bwlch bychan Ho.; Crug-y-whil; Esgair-Einon; Rhyddlan
  • Llechwedd (81a); Aber Tegan; Blaen-Einon; Cefn rhyddlan canol; Cefn rhyddlan uchaf; Llanwenog; Llechwedd; Ty cam
  • Rhiwsion (81b); Bryn Hogfaen; Dolwen; Dre-fach; Rhiw Sion; Ty'n y Ffordd
  • Gwillim (82a); Blaen pant; Cwm nant uchaf; Pant meddyg
  • Bryn-llefrith (82b); Blaen hirbant isa; Blaen hirbant uchaf; Bryn granod; Bryn-llefrith; Cwm mawr; Cwm sychpant; Esgair lygoer; Maes-y-garn; Pen-lan; Ty'n-y-lon
  • Court (83); Allt goch; Blaen cwrt; Court Fm
  • Fawnog (84); Blaenau gwenog; Clyn coch; Clyn du; Crug maen; Gors goch; Hafod yr wyn; Pant-y-ffynnon; Parc-y-rhos; Rhos Ymryson
  • Brynhaugh (85); Aber; Bryn llwyd; Bryn yr Eglwys; Coed-lanau; Cwrt newydd; Glyn miherin; Rhyd-ddu

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

Historical Geography

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


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;

  • Davies-Evans of Highmead and Dolgadfan estate, Montgomeryshire, papers 1654-1907         "Highmead mansion was built in 1777 by Herbert Evans ( c. 1744-1787) on the estate of his mother Elizabeth Lloyd, the last of the Llanfechan branch of the Lloyds of Castell Howell. Her father, David Lloyd, left Llanfechan and settled at Cardigan, but Elizabeth had several farms, on one of which Highmead was built, in Llanwenog........"  
  • Cardiganshire Tithe Records    "Tithe Commission records for land in Cardiganshire, 1838-1852, including ......... Llanwenog tithe apportionment, 1852......"

Held at the NLW;

  • Highmead. Estate and family records of Evans and Davies-Evans of Highmead, Cardiganshire, 1548-1903, relating mainly to those parts of Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire in the neighourhood of Llanybydder.

Held at Ceredigion Archives;

  • Altered tithe apportionment for Llanwenog [1852].

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


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN494456 (Lat/Lon: 52.088168, -4.199580), Llanwenog which are provided by:


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;

  • Llanwenog Parish Council Records   "Minute books of Llanwenog Parish Council in English and Welsh, 1875-1969"