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"CONVIL, or CYNWYL, a parish, in the higher union of the hundred of ELVET, union and county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 6 3/4 miles (N.N.W.) from Carmarthen, on the road to Newcastle: containing 1651 inhabitants. This is a place of great antiquity . . . Henry, Earl of Richmond, afterwards Henry VII., is supposed to have marched through it, on his way to meet Richard III . . . The small rivers Bala and Gwili run through this parish; the neighbouring district is comprised of deep dingles and dorsal hills, which converge in a point at this place. A fair is held on November 21st. . . the church is dedicated to St. Michael. There are two places of worship for Independents, and one each for Baptists and Welsh Calvinistic Methodists. . . There are various tumuli in the parish, within which also is a mineral spring, strongly impregnated with iron, and formerly held in considerable repute for its efficacy in the cure of certain diseases . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Business and Commerce Records

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


Monumental inscriptions for St. Cynwyl, Cynwyl Elfed, are available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.

Church History

CONWIL ELVET, St. Cynwyl 1862-1877 - 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 Abernant with Conwil Elvet from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).


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 Cynwyl Elfed

Thomas, Stephen. Canmlwyddiant eglwys Annibynol Blaenycoed: sef ei hanes o'i chychwyniad hyd y flwyddyn 1901, (Pencader, 1901), 46p.

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1743-1968), Marriages (1743-1896), Banns (1842-94) and Burials (1743-1982) are at the National Library of Wales with copies at Carm.RO

Copy ts PR index  M 1743-1875 B 1813-75 at NLW and Carm.RO

An Index to Christenings (1813-1875), Marriages (1743-1875) and Burials (1813-1875) is available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1672-3, 1676, 1681-2, 1684, 1686, 1689-91, 1693-8, 1700-3, 1707-8, 1711, 1713, 1716-18, 1720-1, 1724-6, 1728-34, 1736-M, 1742-6, 1748-68, 1770, 1772-4, 1779, 1783-4, 1799-1800, 1802, 1805-64) 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 Conwil Elfed  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)


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

Rowlands, J. Conwil Elfed. In Historical Notes of the Counties of Glamorgan, Carmarthen, & Cardigan, and a list of the Members of Parliament for South Wales, from Henry VIII, to Charles II., Cardiff, Hugh Bird (1866), pp.51-52.


Public Records

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


Davies, Jacob. HANES YSGOL NANTCWMRHYS . 1957 . [Nantcwmrhys  School was situated near the village of Hermon, Carmarthenshire. It closed in 1956].
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