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Eglwys Cymyn

"EGLWYS-CUMMIN (EGLWYS-CYMMYN), a parish, in the union of NARBERTH, lower division of the hundred of DERRLYS, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (S.W.) from St. Clear's, near the road to Haverfordwest; containing 349 inhabitants. . . the parish is of great extent, and is situated at the south-western extremity of the county, on the borders of Pembrokeshire . . . a considerable portion of it is at present uncultivated. . . The church [is] dedicated to St. Margaret . . . A National school, containing about 110 children, was established in 1832, and is supported by funds bequeathed by the late Mrs. Bevan. . . There are some vestiges of an ancient military earthwork in a field, which, from that circumstance, has obtained the appelation of "Castell Park"." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]


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Church History

Eglwys Cymyn Church - on the Cistercian Way 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

  • St Margaret's Parish Church                       John Rees Taylor, Rector, Pendine, Nr Laugharne
  • Elim, Eglwyscummin     Ind          Erected in 1832     David Mathias, Independent Minister, Elim, Nr St Clears

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

  • St Margaret
  • Incumbent and Curates; D Jones
  • Rural Deanery of  St Clears
  • Acreage 3,724 ; Population 207

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 Eglwys Cymming

Price, D. M. A guide to three ancient churches near Pendine: St. Margaret's Pendine, Eglwys Cynin, St. Lawrence's, Marros. D. M. Price, [1985?] 32p: ill; 21cm.

Treherne,Geo G T.   (1920)Eglwys Cymmin Epitaphs W. Spurrel and Son: Carmarthen.

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1731-1982), Marriages (1731-51, 1838-1970) and Burials (1731-1984) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1690, 1693-6, 1698-9, 1701-3, 1705, 1707-8, 1716, 1720-2, 1725-7, 1729-30, 1733, 1739-41, 1744-51, 1753-1800, 1802-16, 1818-67, 1869) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

PR M 1754-1812 recorded in 1831 apparantly lost

Copy of Parish registers: Christenings (1732-1812), Marriages (1732-51) and Burials (1731-1812) - Transactions of the Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society, 5 & 8 (1909-10).

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:

  • Chapel (Calvinistic Methodist, c1870), Red Roses                     Rhos-goch CM chapel, Red Roses           SN20481177      Built c 1872      Not open 1997        Coflein
  • Ebenezer (Independent, c1862)           SN24311065     Date plaque on chapel exterior: "Founded 1862. Bicentenary of heroes of conscience".      Built 1864    Not  open 1997    Coflein
    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)
  • Elim (Independent, 1832), south west of Llanddowror village (right on parish border)            Records with those of Bethlehem (St Clears)          SN23651299   Built 1832; rebuilt/modified 1872 & 1902. Still open 1997           Coflein              On Dyfed FHS  (under Llanddowror)          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)

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 3740 acres; Population 163 males, 150 females, total 313

Places, villages, farms etc within Eglwys Cymyn 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 Lynne Kleingertner)

  • Eglwys Cymyn (56); Brandy Hill, East Pool, Eglwys Cummin, Eglwys Cymmyn, Manor Court, Pantyrhyad, Pen coed, Rhos-goch, Rhyd-y-fran, Tre-moillet, West Pool, West Rose, Windleway,
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Historical Geography

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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


[Gareth Hicks: 20 Dec 2012]

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