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"ABERGUILLY (ABER-GWILI), a parish, in the union of CARMARTHEN, higher division of the hundred of ELVET . . 2 miles (E. by N.) from Carmarthen, on the road toLlandilo-Vawr; containing 2366 inhabitants. . . The village is pleasantly situated, and the meadows in the neighbourhood are watered by the rivers Towy and Guilly, over which last is a neat substantial stone bridge of three arches. The parish abounds with roofing slate of excellent quality, of which there are two quarries at present open, affording employment toabout fifty persons . . . The living is a discharged vicarage . . . The church, dedicated to St Maurice, and situated near the bank of the Towy, was made collegiate by Dr Beck, Bishop of St David's, in 1287, for twenty-two prebendaries, four priests, four choristers, and two clerks. . . .The church is a neat plain building, consisting of two aisles, without either tower or steeple . . . At Llanvihangel-uwch-Guilly is a chapel, formerly a chapel of ease . . . There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, and Methodists. A school is endowed with 6 per annum, arising from a bequest of Griffith Lloyd in 1713, for the instruction of 12 children, and in which 50 other children are taught at the expense of their parents. . . There are also three other schools supported by weekly payments from the children, in number about 90; and eight Sunday schools . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Church History

ABERGWILI, New Church, Capel y Groes 1885-1888   - on the Church plans online site

LLANFIHANGEL UWCHGWILI, St. Michael   1838-1844    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 for Abergwili with Llanfihangel-Uwch-Gwili from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

 

Huws, Richard E. Eglwys Capel-y-Groes: hanes yr achos ar achlysur dathlu canmlwyddiant 1888-1988. [Abergwili]: Eglwys Capel-y-Groes, 1988. 13p: ill, facsim, map; 21cm.

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 Gwili

Jenkins, D. Abergwili and its parish church of St.David's, Carmarthen, pr. by W. Spurrell & Son (1936) 63 p., [6] leaves of pl., ill.

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings and Burials (1661-1902) and Marriages (1661-1934) are at the National Library of Wales with copies at Carm.RO.

An index to Christenings (1813-75), Marriages (1661-1875), and Burials (1813-75), is available on microfiche from DFHS.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1672, 1674-6, 1680, 1684, 1694, 1698, 1703-5, 1717-18, 1721, 1724-5, 1727-41, 1743-59, 1763, 1765-1800, 1802-35, 1837-52, 1856-82, 1884-91, 1893-4) 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:

 

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 Abergwili 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 Mary Greatorex)

Place names from the C19th Tithe Apportionment schedules. Contributed by Darris Williams

Abergwili - on Wikipedia

Directories

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1830. Here are Extracts relating to Carmarthen [with the village of Abergwilly and neighbourhoods]

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1844. Here are Extracts relating to Carmarthen [with the village of Abergwilly and neighbourhoods]

History

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, see here for this parish.

Land and Property

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

Maps

View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries

Occupations

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

Public Records

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

 
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