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"ABERNANT (ABER-NANT), a parish, in the union of CARMARTHEN, higher division of the hundred of ELVET . . . 5 miles (W.N.W.) from Carmarthen; containing 890 inhabitants. The village, which is pleasantly situated on the banks of the river Cowin, about two miles westward of the road leading from Carmarthen to Newcastle and Cardigan, was formerly much frequented at the time of the Carmarthen races, which for many years took place within this parish . . . The living is a discharged vicarage, with the perpetual curacy of Convil in Elvet annexed . . The church, dedicated to St Lucia, is a small neat building, pleasantly situated in a small neat building, in a quiet and retired spot. There is a place for worship for Independents. About 60 children are instructed in a day school at the expense of their parents; and there are two Sunday schools, one of which is supported by the vicar. . . " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Church History

ABERNANT, St. Lucia 1898-1900 - 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

  *Michael D Jones was also the founder of the Welsh colony in Patagonia.  
   For a full history of Bwlchnewydd, see "Hanes Eglwys Annibynnol Bwlchnewydd" by Glyn Davies


Griffiths, G. Milwyn. A Visitation of the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen, 1710   National Library of Wales journal. 1974, Summer Vol XVIII/3. Includes the parish of Aber-Nant

Parish entry for Abernant with Conwil Elvet from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

Church Records

Dyfed FHS have photographs and data relating to various churches and chapels on their site

Parish registers: Christenings, Marriages and Burials (1763-1812) are held at the National Library of Wales; Christenings (1764-1993) Marriages (1754-1965)  and Burials (1813-1993) at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

An index to Christenings (1813-65), Marriages (1754-1875), and Burials (1813-75), is available on microfiche from DFHS.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1672, 1675-7, 1679, 1681-4, 1686-7, 1690-1, 1693-5, 1697-9, 1701, 1703-4, 1707-11, 1717, 1721, 1724-40, 1742-6, 1748-68, 1770, 1773, 1775, 1778-9, 1781-5, 1800, 1802, 1804-64) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

Marriage index for this parish - see Dyfed Marriages, 1813-1837, Vol. 15 - Elvet Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989).

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:


MacDonald, R W. The Parish Registers of Wales, National Library of Wales journal. 1976, Winter. Volume XIX/4. Here is an extract relating to this parish;
"There was a fine of 5 for not complying with the Act by burying the corpse in linen or material other than wool. One half of the fine went to the poor of the parish and the other half to the person who provided the information relating to the non-compliance with the law. The Act was not repealed until 1814 but it appears to have been generally disregarded long before then. In the register of Abernant, co. Carmarthen, however, the following memorandum was written in August 1800:
- 'An Oath was made before me that the two last were buried in Flannel according to an Act of 30 C 2 Ch 3. But notwithstanding the party belonging to the Burial of Jane W. of Joel David of Pantyllyn have been frequently admonished by me, they totally disregarded my admonition & neglected to comply with the above mentioned Act.' "     Dd. Lewis Vr. of Abernant.

Description and Travel

The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., byJones, I.G. & Williams, D.   UWP,   Cardiff, 1976.  These statistics for this parish are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

Places, villages, farms etc within Aber-Nant  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 Merv Thomas)


Carmarthenshire Families


Lloyd, Sir John E., (Ed.). A History of Carmarthenshire (2 vols.), Cardiff, London Carmarthenshire Society (1935, 1939). Extracts from this book can be accessed on some parish pages


Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


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[Gareth Hicks :  2 April 2013]

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