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"KIFIG (CYFFIG), a parish, in the union of NARBERTH, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (W. by S.) from St. Clear's; containing 486 inhabitants. The parish is intersected by the old road from St. Clear's to Narberth. The living, which is a perpetual curacy, consolidated with that of Marros, was formerly dependent on the mother church of Laugharne, but having been lately endowed with £8 per annum by the vicar of that parish, and with £600 royal bounty, it was united with Marros; net income, £56; patron, Vicar of Laugharne: the impropriate tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £185, and a vicarial one of £40. There is a place of worship for Baptists. . . " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

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

  • Ciffic Parish Church              No informant's signature
  • Bwlch y Gwynt   Baptist                   Erected before 1800       Theophilus Thomas, Minister, Nazareth, Whiteland


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 Kyffig, A Chapell of Ease to Lacharn

Parish entry for Whitland (otherwise Eglwysfair Glyntaf)   and Kiffig) from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

  • St Mary
  • &
  • St Kyffig (Kiffig)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J E Jones
  • Rural Deanery of  St Clears
  • Acreage 4,733 ; Population 1,613 & 88

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings and Burials (1813-1979) and Marriages (1813-1931) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office. (Earlier registers covering (1725-1812) were recorded in 1931 but are now apparently lost.)

An Index to Christenings (1813-1976), Marriages (1813-1875) and Burials (1813-1875) is available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1675, 1677-9, 1682-7, 1690, 1693-1702, 1707-8, 1711, 1715-21, 1724-31, 1733-59, 1761-75, 1777-81, 1784-9, 1791-8, 1802-M, 1842-81) 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:

  • Bwlchgwynt (Baptist, c1756), near Bwlchgwynt farm [near Briwnant]             Records with those of Moleston (Narberth, Pembrokeshire) and Rhydwilm (Llandisilio)         SN21521386   Built before 1800 .  Enlarged 1842 & rebuilt/modified 1861 & 1888.      Still open  1998    Coflein                The disused chapel was sold in Sept 2007, the graveyard remains
  • Bethania (Calvinistic Methodist, c1859), Trefechan (Tre-Vaughan), Whitland, Cyffig parish                    SN19951606        Built in 1801          Still open 2000      Coflein

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Cyffig 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;

  • Area 4556 acres; Population 277 males, 243 females, total 520

Places, villages, farms etc within Cyffig   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)

  • Cyffic [54]; Blaen-waun, Brandy Hill, Briwnant, Coldwell, Cringae, Cyffic, Ffynnon-cyll, Golden Grove, Great Pale, Little Pale, Llwyn-y-brain, Middleway, Old Pale, Pen-y-back, Red Roses, Sych, Tavernspite, Tre-Vaughan

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Cyffig 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, see here for this parish


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN208139 (Lat/Lon: 51.794927, -4.600070), Cyffig which are provided by:

Public Records

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

  • Cyffig Parish Council records  1894-1935

[Gareth Hicks : 20 Dec 2012]