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"LLÊCHRHYD   (LLÊCHRYD), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 3 miles (S. E.) from Cardigan, containing 392 inhabitants. This place is by some historians supposed to have been the scene of a sanguinary engagement which took place between Rhys ab Tewdwr, sovereign of South Wales, and the three sons of Bleddyn ab Cynvyn who, in a previous insurrection, had compelled that sovereign to seek refuge in Ireland. Rhys returning thence, in 1087, with a powerful army to recover possession of his dominions, landed on the neighbouring coast, and was met at a place called Llêchryd by the sons of Bleddyn, who resolved to give him battle..........."   [From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Business and Commerce Records

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

  • Coedmore Estate records    "Include; .......... Llechryd Forge tin works which was established by the Lloyds of Coedmor......................"


Monumental inscriptions for Holy Cross Church, Llechryd are available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.


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

Holy Cross - photograph on Dyfed FHS

St Tydfil - 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

  • Llechryd Parish Church               Theophilus Davies, Churchwarden
  • see Chapels database

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

  • St Tydfil
  • Incumbent and Curates; J Lloyd
  • Rural Deanery of Sub Aeron
  • Acreage  748 ; Population 267

Cofiant a phregethau y diweddar Barch. John Richards, Llechryd.   Woodstock: 1887

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1813-1996. Marriages 1805-1970 [Banns 1824-1996 with gaps]. Burials 1813-1969    NLW/Cer.RO
PR CB 1787-1812  M 1787-1804 recorded in 1831 seemingly lost in the floods of 1861[G Eyre Evans Cardiganshire and Its Antiquities, 251.
ts index PR M 1837-1970  NLW/Cer.RO
Bishops Transcripts;
1799-1855, 1862-3, 1876-7 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1863

Nonconformist Chapels;   see Chapels database

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llechryd 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 943 acres; Population 204 males, 269 females, total 473

Places, villages, farms etc within Llechryd 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 Howard Thomas)

  • Llechryd (103); Castle Malgwyn, Coedmore, Glan Olmarch, Hafod-wen, Llechryd, Llechryd-isaf, Pen-lan

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1895

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

Llechryd - on Wikipedia

Lloyd, D. W.  Old Llechryd . Cardigan : 1971.

Historical Geography

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


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 brief section relating to this parish is on page 182.
The incumbent of the church in 1810 was the Rev Mr Sampson Owen. "In this parish is the oldest dissenting meeting-house in the county, said to have been built by Major Wade, one of Oliver Cromwell's troopers."


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN217437 (Lat/Lon: 52.062871, -4.602479), Llechryd which are provided by: