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ABERGORLECH   (An ancient chapelry)

"LLANYBYTHER (LLAN-Y-BYDDAR), a parish, in the union of LAMPETER, higher division of the hundred of CATHYNOG, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES....... the parish also contains the village of Glanduar and that of Abergorlech ..........There is also a chapel at Abergorlech ....... " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Church History

ABERGORLECH, Parish Church 1834  - 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)).


Jones, Evan. Byr gofnodiad o fywydau nifer o aelodau ymadawedig eglwysi Crugybar ac Abergorlech, yn ystod gweinidogaeth y Parch Evan Jones, Crugybar (Llanbedr Pont Steffan, 1856). Cyhoeddwyd gyntaf yn Y Diwygiwr, 1856.

From old Abergorlech Church site - "St Davids Church is situated in a tranquil and beautiful part of the Cothi valley. William Pantycelyn was curate at St David's church and Daniel Rowlands Llangeitho also brought the teaching of Christ to this area"

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Baptisms (1813-1993) Marriages (1901-69) and Burials (1813-71) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office. (Pre-1813 records are included in the Lanybydder registers.)

Copy ts PR index CMB 1876-1985 at Carm.RO and ts PR index C 1883-1988 M 1901-69  B 1813-75 at NLW and Carm.RO

Bishops' Transcripts for this ancient chapelry were included with those for Llanybydder and Talley, which are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.


Candle making at Abergorlech, 1895 - on the People's Collection Wales site
"This postcard was produced by the 'Excelsior Photo Co. Ltd.', Carmarthen and is postmarked 1906. It features a photograph of three women making candles at Abergorlech in 1895 (the photographer being David Thomas, turner, of Tan'r allt, Brechfa)..................................."


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

Land and Property

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

Documents at the National Library of Wales:


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[Gareth Hicks : 9 Jan 2009]

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