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"TRÊVILAN (TRÊV-ILAR), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (N. by W.) from Lampeter, containing 313 inhabitants. This parish is pleasantly situated in the Vale of Aëron and on the high road from Lampeter to Aberystwith. The surrounding country is boldly varied, and the scenery is in some parts picturesque. In the southern part of the parish is the small village of`Talsarn, deriving its name from a branch of a Roman road or causeway which terminated here, and which is situated on the bank of the river Aëron .."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Trefilan 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 Hilary - 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

  • Trefilan Parish Church         David Griffiths, Incumbent

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

  • St Hilary
  • Incumbent and Curates; A S Thomas
  • Rural Deanery of Ultra Aeron
  • Acreage 2,214 ; Population 178

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1705-1800, 1813-1993. Marriages 1705-53, 1757-1811, 1813-1971 [Banns 1878-1973].  Burials 1705-1800 , 1813-1983  NLW/Cer.RO
Copy ts PR M 1708-1837 with index  NLW/Cer.RO
Bishops Transcripts;
1678, 1684, 1811-38, 1840-71, 1873-83 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1811-75

Index to Burials from Parish Registers 1813-1837 available for purchase from  Cardiganshire Family History Society Volume 3: Ilar (Lower) Hundred . Parishes covered: Cilcennin, Henfynyw, Llanbadarn Trefeglwys, Llanddeiniol, Llanddewi Aberarth, Llangwyryfon, Llanrhystud, Llansantffraid, Llanychaiarn, Trefilan

Nonconformist Chapels;

Hermon CM chapel, Tymawr (Tri Crug)

  • Capel Hermon Welsh CM chapel, Tymawr which  may be known as Tri Chrug                SN54395861        Started 1743, chapel built 1888.         Sunday School founded 1806 & schoolhouse built 1882.         Members; 30 in 1887           Not still open 1998 (residential).              (The Chapels Recording Project in Wales  &   Rawlins - see Notes on Church/Chapel Records page)
  • 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

You can see pictures of Trefilan 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 2201 acres; Population 151 males, 157 females, total 308

Places, villages, farms etc within Trefilan  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)

  • Trefilan (58); Afon Aeron; Blaen-rhiw-afallen; Brynog; Dolau-coion; Gwar-allt; Hafof-gors; Nant y Fergi; Nant Rhiw-affallen; Pant-y-gwas; Pen-lan; Pil-bach; Talsarn;

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1895

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

Jones, S J & D E Davies      Excavations at Pen-y-Glogau, south Cardiganshire       Transactions of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society    Vol 7  1930     Welsh Journals Online

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Trefilan 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 section relating to this parish is on page 257; referred to as Tresilan parish. The church, rebuilt in 1806,  is a rectory, the last 3 incumbents were the Rev David Lloyd, Rev Henry Rogers, Rev Thomas Davies.

Land and Property

Documents held at the NLW :

  • Cardiganshire Rentals ;
    1-7. Lordship of Tal-sarn and Silian, c.1891-1914 (Trefilan and Silian).


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN549573 (Lat/Lon: 52.194757, -4.124361), Trefilan which are provided by: