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"KILLYMAENLLWYD (CÎL-Y-MAEN-LLWYD), a parish, in the union of NARBERTH, lower division of the hundred of DERLLYS, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (N. by E.) from Narberth; containing 582 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the banks of the river Tâf, which here separates the counties of Carmarthen and Pembroke; and, with a very small exception, is inclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The surrounding scenery, though not characterized by any peculiarity of feature, is generally pleasing, and is agreeably diversified with wood and water: Coed-llys, the seat of the family of Philipps, is beautifully situated in a richly-wooded vale on the banks of the river Taf, of which simplicity and retirement are the leading features. That part of the parish which is in Pembrokeshire, maintains its own poor separately from that within the county of Carmarthen. . . the church is dedicated to St. Philip and St. James. At Castell-Dauyran is a chapel of ease . . . Here are two day schools, in which forty children of both sexes are instructed at the expense of their parents. . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Business and Commerce Records

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

  • James Lewis and James Ivor Jenkins Records 1927-1971    "James Lewis (fl. 1927-1948) of Hebron, Cilymaenllwyd, Carmarthenshire, and James Ivor Jenkins (fl. 1941-1971) of Dolwern, Glandwr, Llanfyrnach, Pembrokeshire, were builders and carpenters;..............."  
  • Thomas Phillips, Cooper, of Hebron Records  1784-1953     "Thomas Phillips (fl. 1886-1927) was a cooper based in Hebron, Cilymaewnllwyd ....................."

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Cilymaenllwyd area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re Calfaria Particular Baptist Chapel, Login

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

  • Cilymaenllwyd Parish Church     "A school near the Church has been recently opened during the hours of Divine Service the novelty of which is not yet worn off, by the Anabaptists and has greatly interfered with the usual attendance"             R. Bowen Jones, Rector, Narberth
  • Nebo  Ind                        Erected in 1836                  Simon Evans, Minister, Eglwyswen
  • Logyn   Particular Baptist              Erected in 1827              David Edwards, Deacon, Llanafon, Llanboidy


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 Kil y Maen Llwyd

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

  • SS Phillips and James
  • &
  • St Cledwyn (Llanglydwen)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J Evans
  • Rural Deanery of  St Clears
  • Acreage 4,361 & 1,874 ; Population 333 & 232

Church Records

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

PR earliest reputedly used to stoke parsonage fire c 1765

Parish registers: Christenings (1742-1956), Marriages (1742-1836) and Burials (1742-1812) are at the National Library of Wales.

Parish registers: Marriages (1837-1947) and Burials (1813-1977), and facsimile copies of Christenings (1742-1956), Marriages (1742-1947) and Burials (1742-1972) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1671-2, 1675, 1677-9, 1681-7, 1690-1, 1693-9, 1711, 1713, 1715-18, 1720-2, 1724-92, 1794-1800, 1802-3, 1805-41) 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. 14 - Derllys Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Calfaria (Baptist, 1828), Login                Records with those of Rhydwilym (Llandisilio) and Ramoth (Llanwinio)          SN16512339   Built 1827/8 & the church formed in 1833. Rebuilt/modified 1877.    1998 still in use                 Coflein
  • Nebo (Independent, 1836), Efail-wen                  List of members at Hebron (Llanglydwen) and Nebo Chapels (1850-85) NLW 11691E, LDS 104311/6; other records with those of Hebron (Llanglydwen) and Glandwr (Llanfyrnach)             SN13942569    Built 1836 (or 1830?) rebuilt 1861    Coflein                     Ind chapel, Cwm-miles  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 2009)

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;

  • Area 3505 acres; Population 261 males, 247 females, total 508

Places, villages, farms etc within Cilymaenllwyd   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 Katherine Hocking)

  • Cilymaenllwyd (50); Bach syl, Coed-llys, Coynant, Cwm-milas, Ffynon Lago, Glan-Taf, Lan, Lan-hwnt, Llwyn Hugh, Maes y fynnon, March-gwyn, Maen-Hir, Nebo Cottage, Pant y menyn, Pant yr odyn, Pen-graig uchaf, Plas y beili, Rectory, Rhiw, Waun Fach, Waen ffrwd, Wern-ddu.
  • Separate section in Pembrokeshire called Grondre (80);   Grondre        (See under /big/wal/PEM/Wiston/ParishMap.html )
You can see pictures of Cilymaenllwyd which are provided by:


Transcript of complete entry in Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Wales of 1833.

Historical Geography

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

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Cilymaenllwyd to another place.


Lewis, T.E., Jones, J.T. and Lewis, H. Local heritage from Efailwen to Whitland: comprising the history of the parishes of Climaenllwyd, Hellanfallteg, Llanboidy, Llandysilio, Llanddewi Velfrey, Whitland (2 vols), Clunderwen, The Author (1976) [ISBN: 0902126059 (v. 2)] p.

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.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN152234 (Lat/Lon: 51.878426, -4.686259), Cilymaenllwyd which are provided by:

Public Records

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

  • Cilymaenllwyd and Llanglydwen Parish Council records 1894-1974


[Gareth Hicks: 28 Dec 2012]