"EGLWYS VAIR Y CHYRIG (EGLWYS FAIR A CHURIG), a chapelry, in the parish of HENLLAN-AMGOED, union of NARBERTH, lower division of the hundred of DERLLYS, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 11 miles (N.W. by N.) from St. Clear's; containing 288 inhabitants. It is situated in the upper part of the vale of the river Tâf, and on the border of Pembrokeshire, which bounds it to the north. The greater part is inclosed and well cultivated, and there are a few respectable residences. The chapel, which is dedicated to St. David, is a chapel of ease to the rectory of Hênllan-Amgoed." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]
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
Eglwysfair a Cherryg, a Chapel of Ease under the Church of Henllan amgoed John Rees, Officiating Minister, Eglwysfairachyrig
Rhyd y Park Unitarian Erected before 1800 James Evans, Deacon, Fronisaf, Eglwysfairachurig
Parish entry for Llanwinio and Eglwys Fair-a-Churig from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books).
St Gwynio & St Mary (Eglwys Fair-a-Churig)
Incumbent and Curates; T O Evans
Rural Deanery of St Clears
Acreage 7,143 & 2,576 ; Population 566
Sefydliad yr achos yn Rhydyparc (Establishment of the Cause at Rhydyparc). Yr Ymofynydd (Aberdare: Jenkin Howell). 9: (1884)
Eglwys Fair a Churig parish, Rhydyparc Unitarian Chapel . Here is a translation by Anne Owen Taylor of part of an article in the December 1958 issue of the Unitarian magazine, Yr Ymofynnydd, describing two visits to Rhydyparc Unitarian Chapel .The passage translated concentrates on the history of the chapel
Rhydyparc (Unitarian, c1768), Rhydyparc Documents (1818-1907) NLW Ms 13532A; also see Glandwr (Llanfyrnach) and Capel-y-Craig (Trelech a'r Betws) SN22072788 Built pre-1800. Rebuilt/modified 1860. Closed late C19 Coflein
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 2618 acres; Population 129 males, 137 females, total 266
Lloyd, Sir John E., (Ed.). A History of Carmarthenshire (2 vols.), Cardiff, London Carmarthenshire Society (1935, 1939). With the kind permission of the publishers sundry extracts from this book can be accessed on some parish pages, see below for this parish.
With reference to churches in the county dedicated to saints......"Early dedications to the Virgin are fewer in number, as the case in the Liber Landavensis; Llanfair ar y bryn, Kidwelly and Eglwys Fair a Churig exhaust the list...."