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"KLRHEDYN (CL-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

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


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

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:

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 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)


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.


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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