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"NANTCWNLLE (NANT-GYNLLO), a parish, partly in the upper division of the hundred of MOYTHEN, and partly in the lower division of the hundred of PENARTH, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 8 miles (N.) from Lampeter, containing 686 inhabitants. This parish derives its name from a small brook which flows into the river Aron by which it is intersected, and from the dedication of its church to St. Cynllo, an eminent British saint, who flourished about the middle of the fifth century. The river Aron here forms a boundary between the hundreds of Moythen and Penarth: the vale through which it flows abounds with pleasingly varied scenery, and the views over the surrounding country combine many objects of interest.The parish constitutes a prebend in the collegiate church of Brecknock, valued in the king's books at 7.6.8., and in the patronage of the Bishop of St.David's. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at 3.13. 4., endowed with 600 royal bounty, and 600 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David's. The tithes are divided between the prebendary and the vicar, the former of whom has two-thirds, and the latter one-third. The church, dedicated to St. Cynllo, is a small plain edifice, consisting of a nave and chancel, and is not distinguished by any architectural details of importance. There are some remains of an ancient intrenchment, called "Pen y Gaer." The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is 110.10."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Church History

St Cynllo - photograph on Dyfed FHS

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Gwynlleu's Church (St Cynllo)

NANTCWNLLE, St. Cwnlle 1885-1887  - 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 from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1813-1968. Marriages 1813-1971 [Banns 1957-67]. Burials 1813-1987  NLW with copies of some dates at Cer.RO
Copy ts PR M 1764-1837 with index  NLW/Cer.RO
PR C 1768-1811  M 1763-1809  B 1771-1811 microfilmed in 1960 seemingly lost
Bishops Transcripts;
1675, 1799, 1811, 1813, 1815-17, 1820, 1822-43, 1845-72, 1874-80, 1882, 1885-8 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1811-75

Nonconformist Chapels;  

Bwlchyllan / Bwlch-Llan CM chapel,  (Penuel) Bwlchyllan

  • Bwlch-Llan CM chapel, (Penuel) Bwlch-Llan         SN57975878             Preaching in homes for years before chapel built 1841, rebuilt 1876/7.       Schoolhouse built 1836.    Members; 140 in 1902       Records; see Gwynfil, Llanddewi brefi      Still open 1998  (From The Chapels Recording Project in Wales  & Rawlins - see Notes on Church/Chapel Records page)
  • Bwlchllan or Penuel chapel      CM         Erected in 1836        Rees Williams, Deacon, Bryngalem            (1851 Religious census, see above)
  • Photograph on Dyfed FHS
  • From  Byr Hanes am Blwyf Nantcwnlle
    Bwlchllan Chapel was licensed to perform marriages in 1865"
    "In 1836 a school was built in Bwlchllan and, after that, the Sunday School was held there. After five years this building was pulled down and the Methodists built a chapel in its place, with a schoolroom at the gable end, on land which Dr. Morgan, Frongoch, had leased to them "
    "The first Chapel was built in Bwlchllan in 1841; this was renovated and extended in 1876."
    "It was in 1895 that burials started in Bwlchllan Chapel graveyard and David Jones, Meiarth, was the first to be buried there on January 9th 1895, aged 73. "
  • Hanes Methodistiaeth, rhan ddeheuol Sir Aberteifi : oddechreuad y "Diwvgiad Methodistaidd" yn 1735 hyd 1900 . By John Evans.   Dolgellau , 1904. (Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church History in the southern part of Cardiganshire from 1735 to 1900) This book contains an entry for each CM chapel in existence in South Cardiganshire at the end of 1900, including this one. It includes a history of preaching in the area before the chapel was built, lists deacons, ministers etc, and contains a wealth of genealogical information.

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 Nantcwnlle 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.


Cardiganshire Families


Edwards, S. A. Preface by Morgan, D. E.   Brynele history.1950.  Background of the Edwards family, Brynele, Nantcwnlle Parish

Hyatt, Jenni. An Illustrious Son of Cardiganshire: Rev David Edwardes MA., JP. [1836-1916]. Cardiganshire FHS  journal vol 2/8, June 2001.

Worthington, Parch D. Cofiant y Parch Daniel Rowland,Llangeitho. Carmarthen:1923. Places and people, includes a pedigree of the Rowlandses of Nantcwnlle and Llangeitho.


Edwardes, David (Rev). The Annals of the Parish of Nantcwnlle from 1764 to 1809. London; Charles Cull, 1896

Edwardes, David (Rev). Plwyf Nantcwnlle Hen a Diweddar. NLW, 1913

Edwardes, Evan. (Rev) . Byr Hanes am Blwyf Nantcwnlle.(A Short History of the Parish of Nantcwnlle). Published by 'Cambrian News' Aberystwyth, Ltd., 1930 .Translation and name index by Jenni Hyatt 2003


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


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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