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"TR VILAN (TR V-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 AŽron 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 AŽron .."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Church History

St Hilary - photograph on Dyfed FHS

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

TREFILAN, St. Hilary 1834-1836 - 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 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)


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 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)

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


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 :



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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