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"YSPYTTY-YSTWITH, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 13 miles (S. E. by E.) from Aberystwith, containing 472 inhabitants. The name is derived from an ancient hospitium formerly existing here, which is supposed to have belonged to the Knights Hospitallers, and its adjunct from its situation on the banks of the river Ystwith. The parish, which is also bounded on the east by the small rivers Marchnad and Meuric, comprises about four thousand acres, one-half of which is waste land..."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Church History

YSPYITTY YSTWYTH, St. John the Baptist 1872-1876  - on the Church plans online site

St John the Baptist - 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


Parish entry for Yspytty Ystwyth with Ystrad Meurig from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1781-1915 . Marriages 1782-1956. Burials 1781-1886, 1897-1916, 1928-92  NLW/Cer.RO
Copy ts PR M 1782-1837 with index  NLW/Cer.RO
Bishops Transcripts;
1682, 1811, 1813-53, 1858-79, 1884-93 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 2: Ilar (Upper) Hundred . Parishes covered: Eglwys Newydd, Gwnnws, Llanafan, Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, Llanilar, Lledrod, Rhostīe, Ysbyty Ystwyth, Ystrad Meurig

Nonconformist Chapels;

Maes-glas CM chapel

Capel Saeson  Wesleyan Methodist (Lisburne Mines), Pontrhydygroes 

 Bethel (Salem?)  Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Pontrhydygroes

Maen-Arthur CM Sunday school, Pontrhydygroes


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 Ysbyty Ystwyth 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 Dewi Evans)

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

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1895


Cardiganshire Families


Jones, Daryl. JONES of Ysbyty Ystwyth. Dyfed FHS journal,Vol 7/96 . An advertisement in a newspaper, regarding the author's grandfather, led to an ancestral tree researched back to the eighteenth century


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 273; Y Spytty Ystwyth - or the hospitium of the Ystwyth.

Land and Property

Held at the NLW ;



Frongoch Mine. "The Frongoch Lead & Zinc Mine is situated about 2 miles from Pontrhydygroes in mid Wales. The history and surface remains have been well documented in an excellent book by David Bick......"

Hendre Felen Mine - on the Mindat site

Esgair Mwyn Mine - on the Mindat site

Glogfach & Glogfawr mines. "These mines are situated near Pontrhydygroes from where the deep adit is driven".


Bick David . Frongoch Lead and Zinc Mine N.M.R.S. British Mining No. 30


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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