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"KLYCWM (CL-Y-CWM), a parish, in the union of LLANDOVERY, higher division of the hundred of CAYO, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (N.N.W.) from Llandovery; comprising the Upper and Lower hamlets, and containing 1481 inhabitants, of which number 834 are in the Upper, and 647 in the Lower, hamlet. This parish, which is intersected by the river Towy, extends for nearly ten miles in length, and is in some parts five miles in breadth, being for the most part inclosed: copper and lead ores abound within its limits, and mines of both were formerly worked to a considerable extent, but they are not now in operation. . . The church is dedicated to St. Michael. There are three places of worship for Baptists, and one for Calvinistic Methodists. Rowland Pryse, Esq., bequeathed 5 per annum, in 1719, towards the support of a charity school . . . and there are five Sunday schools conducted by gratuitous teachers, in one of which, connected with the Established Church, are from 50 to 80 children, who are instructed in English and Welsh; the rest, appertaining to the dissenters, contain about 150 children, who are taught the Welsh language only. . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Church History

CILYCWM, St. Michael 1905-1908  - on the Church plans online site

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Michael's Church

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

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1701-1882), Marriages (1701-1970), Banns (1755-1885) and Burials (1701-1876) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1673, 1677-9, 1684, 1690-1, 1693-5, 1703, 1707-8, 1711, 1713, 1716-18, 1720-7, 1729-68, 1780-2, 1784-94, 1796-1800, 1802-4, 1806-48, 1850-80, 1882, 1887-1900, 1902) 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. 20 - Cayo Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

Cilycwm Church - photograph and basic information from Dyfed FHS

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 Cil-y-Cwm 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 Merv Thomas)


Dyfed (Wales) Cultural Services Department. Llandeilo, Llanymddyfri a rhan uchaf Dyffryn Tywi: mewn hen luniau. Stroud: Alan Sutton ar y cyd Cyngor Sir Dyfed a Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, 1991. 159p: chiefly ill, ports. [ISBN 0862999758]

Cilycwm community site


Carmarthenshire Families


Loyd, Alwyn E. Lloyd and Loyd, 1690-1990. Dyfed Family History Journal 3/8 (1990), p. 279-85

Jones, G.   Defynog, A Den of Iniquity. Dyfed FHs journal Vol 7/4 April 2001. Centres on Rees Morgan who died in Wilkes Barre, Pa in 1910. Born in 1838 in Llanfairarybryn parish but the story revolves  partly around Cil-y-cwm parish. Defynog is in Breconshire.


Dale-Jones, Edna. Cilycwm: a village and its squire in the nineteenth century. Carmarthenshire Antiquary 30 (1994), p. 90-112 [The squire: William H. Campbell-Davys]

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:


Public Records

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


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[Gareth Hicks :  16 Dec 2012]

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