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"MOUNT (MOEL Y MWNT), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 3 1/2 Miles (N.) from Cardigan, containing 131 inhabitants, who are exclusively employed in agriculture. This parish, which is situated at the south-western extremity of the county, and on the shore of Cardigan bay, derives its name from a lofty hill of conical form near the church. At the base of this hill is a large sand bank, covering a great number of human bones, which are occasionally visible when the sand is scattered by the wind, and are supposed to be the remains of a body of Flemings, who, having effected a landing on this part of the coast, were encountered by the natives, and repulsed with great slaughter. The surrounding scenery is destitute of beauty, and the only views possessing any interest are those up the Vale of Teivy, and those extending over the bay, which is occasionally enlivened by the passing of vessels. The coast is here very bold and precipitous and the sounding within a short distance of the land is from four to seventeen fathoms. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St.David's, endowed with 1000 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Impropriator of the tithes. The church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, and situated near the sea, is an ancient edifice, consisting of a nave and chancel, but is not distinguished by any architectural details. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to 32.3."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


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

Church History

Holy Cross - photograph on Dyfed FHS

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

MOUNT, Holy Cross 1916-1918 - on the Church plans online site

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 Mount and Verwick from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).


Bateman, David. The church of the Holy Cross, Mount, and the church of Saint Pedrog, Verwig (NLW's site) Ceredigion, Vol II

Bowen, E G.  The Churches of Mount and Verwig (NLW's site)   Ceredigion, II/ 4 : 202-05 (1955)

Davies, D Ladd.  Mount Church.   Card. Antq. Soc. Trans., Vol I/3     Welsh Journals Online

Mwnt and its church - on Gerwyn Williams' site

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1813-1993. Marriages 1813-1971 . Burials 1813-1993    NLW/Cer.RO
PR CMB 1778-1810 recorded as being on loose and imperfect leaves in 1831 seemingly lost.
Bishops Transcripts;
1674, 1676, 1679-85, 1799-1800, 1802-3, 1805, 1808-13, 1815-29, 1831-7, 1839-40, 1842-54, 1865, 1867, 1871-5 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1852

Nonconformist Chapels; None


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 Mount 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

With the kind permission of the publisher, these selected extracts below 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.



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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