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"KÎLRHEDYN (CÎL-RHEDYN), a parish, in the union of NEWCASTLE-EMLYN, partly in the hundred of ELVET, county of CARMARTHEN, and partly in that of KILGERRAN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (S.W.) from Newcastle-Emlyn; containing 1108 inhabitants, of whom 857 are in Carmarthenshire, and 251 in the Pembrokeshire, portion. This place is situated on the Star road leading from Carmarthen to Cardigan . . . The parish, the greater part of which is in Carmarthenshire, is intersected by the small river Cych, which here forms the boundary line between the two counties; and comprises by computation between 6000 and 7000 acres, of which 1296 are arable, and the remainder consists of woodland and heath, including a considerable extent of turbary. The river Pedran winds through the lands, which are in some places low and flat, and in others hilly, ornamented occasionally with oak and other timber . . . The church, which is situated in the county of Pembroke, and dedicated to St. Teilo, contains 152 sittings, of which some are free. There are places of worship for Independents, Baptists, and Presbyterians; three day schools, in which 110 children are instructed at the expense of their parents; three Sunday schools, appertaining to the dissenters . . . and a Sunday school of fifty children . . . of the Independent denomination." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Monumental Inscriptions for this parish have the LDS Call Number: 1471282


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Cilrhedyn area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

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

  • Kilrhedin Parish Church       "The Church is situated in one corner of the Parish and is in a very dilapidated state, and offering very little advantage or convenience for public worship"       [Space; Free 250, Other 30]        William Harries, Curate
  • Capel Evan, Kilrhedyn              Congregationalists or Independents         Erected in 1723, re-erected in 1795 and enlarged again in 1844       [Space: Free 150, other 332, Standing 550]    "The chapel is calculated to hold nearly 1200 persons ...... Several prayer meetings held in the neighbourhood at dwelling houses account for the small attendance here on the evenings here"         Thomas Davies, Deacon
  • Pant-Teg   Unitarian Free Baptists        Erected in 1764, repaired in 1843      James Morris, Deacon, Penrheol, Nr Caprl Evan
  • Rehoboth, Cilrhedyn   Baptist            Erected in 1807      David Jones, Baptist Minister


Parish entry from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

  • St Teilo
  • Incumbent and Curates; J H Jenkins
  • Rural Deanery of Emlyn
  • Acreage  7,971; Population 832
Davies, D. Picton. Hanes eglwys Capel Iwan, 1723-1923: sef cofnodion y cyfarfodydd a gynhaliwyd Mai 22 a 23, 1923, i ddathlu daucanmlwyddiant yr achos, (Caerdydd, 1924), 85p.

Church Records

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

Most of this parish was in Carmarthenshire [partly in Pembrokeshire]. Church closed 1981. Diocesan records suggest that c1790 this parish had registers going back to 1701.

Parish registers: Christenings (1800-1978), Marriages (1754-1963), and Banns (1800-12) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf copies at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR [extracts] CMB (1771-1904) at NLW

Copy ts PR C (1813-75) M (1754-1875) B (1813-75) arranged alphabetically, at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR/BT M pre 1813 with index , at NLW and Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1676, 1678-81, 1683, 1685-9, 1702-3, 1705, 1799-1807, 1809-57, 1861, 1864-5, 1868-70, 1872-4) 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. 7 - Cilgerran Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989).

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg  (under Pem)

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Pantteg (Baptist, 17th C), near Capel Iwan             Records with those of Rhydwilm Chapel (Llandissilio)               SN29403613   Built 1764, rebuilt/modified 1843 & 1900       Not still in use in 1998            Coflein
  • Rehoboth (Baptist, 1799), Pont Wedwst               Registers (1877-85), accounts (1896-1900) NLW            SN285356    Built 1808 & rebuilt/modified 1859.    Disused by 1993.    Coflein
  • Bryn Iwan (Independent, 1852), Crug Evan [right on border with Conwil Elfed parish]           Records with those of Capel-y-graig (Trelech a'r Betws)    SN31643145     Built 1852 & rebuilt/modified 1886.    1998 still open     Coflein                       On Dyfed FHS  (under Cynwyl Elfet)                Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Gareth Hicks (Oct 2008)
  • Capel Iwan /Ifan/Evan (Independent, bef 1723): members (1787-1885) Carmarthenshire RO, and records with those of Capel-y-graig (Trelech a'r Betws)            SN2897362     Built 1723 & rebuilt/modified 1795; present chapel built 1846 & rebuilt/modified 1883             1998 still in use           Coflein            Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Maureen Saycell (Jan 2011)

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Cilrhedyn which are provided by:

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;

  •  In Carmarthenshire Area 5673 acres; Population 374 males, 432 females, total 806
  •  In Pembrokeshire Area 2183 acres; Population 124 males, 133 females, total 256

Places, villages, farms etc within Cilrhedyn  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)

  • Cilrhedyn [41]; Blackcock, Blaen-Achddu, Blaen-Bowy, Blaen-nant-hir, Blaen-Sylgen, Blaen-y-cwm, Capel-Ifan, Cefn-y-gwndwn, Cil-waunydd-fawr, Clyn-y-felin, Crug-Evan, Cwm-gelli, Cwm-Morgan, Cym-cych, Ddol-wen, Ffarm-fach, Gelynen, Gilfach-ymryson, Glan-Mamog, Glaspant, Gors, Marlogws, Maudland, Pentre-Isaf, Pen-y-ffin, Pen-y-waun, Plas-yr-hafod, Rhwyn-coch, Rhyd-blaen-nant-hir, Sarnau
  • West Cilhedryn (the part in PEM) [12]; Blaen-gilfach, Blaen-Pibydd, Cadifor Hall, Clyn-felin-fach, Drysgol-goch, Dyffryn, Hen Garran, Pen-gribyn, Post gwyn, Source of Afon Pedran, Tyddyn, West Cilhedryn   ( as shown on the online parish map from the above CD)


Jones, Dr Leslie Baker. The Glaspant Diary 1896. A Chronicle of Carmarthenshire Country Life. Carmarthenshire County Council 2001.There are 192 glossy pages.
"Dr Leslie Baker-Jones has made a special study of the gentry of south-west Wales: their estates, mansion houses, religion, politics and social life. This edition of The Glaspant Diary 1896 provides a vivid account of life in and around one of the lesser gentry houses of north-west Carmarthenshire more than a century ago".
The diary is in the possesion of the NLW. There is a lot of genealogical information in this book as the Howells were connected to many other minor gentry families throughout Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire also over into Cardiganshire. Lots of ordinary local people and places are referred to in the text too.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Cilrhedyn has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


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


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN279348 (Lat/Lon: 51.984891, -4.507651), Cilrhedyn which are provided by:

Public Records

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

  • Cilrhedyn Parish Council Records 1856-1954 (accumulated 1894-1954)

[Gareth Hicks : 27 Dec 2012]