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Henllan Amgoed

"HÊNLLAN-AMGOED (HÊN-LLAN-AMGOED) a parish, in the union of NARBERTH, lower division of the hundred of DERLLYS, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (W.N.W.) from St. Clear's, on the old road from Llanboidy to Narberth; containing, with the chapelry of Eglwys Vair a Chyrig, which supports its own poor, 438 inhabitants, of whom 150 are in the township. This parish, which is situated on the river Tâf, is more than three miles in length, and two in breadth, and is for the most part inclosed and cultivated. The living is a discharged rectory . . . There is a place of worship for Presbyterians. About 40 children of both sexes are instructed in a day school at the expense of their parents, and about 30 gratuitously at a Sunday school . . . The Rev. Nathaniel Rowlands, son of the celebrated Daniel Rowlands, of Llangeitho, was buried at this place; he was chaplain to the Duke of Gordon, and to Lady Huntingdon, and was one of the most popular preachers of his time." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Church History

Aerial photograph of St Canna's Church, Henllan Amgoed, 1992 - on the People's Collection Wales 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

  • Henllan-Amgoed Parish Church            Samuel Jones, Curate, Llwynbrain
  • Henllan Congregationalists          Erected in 1830        Joshua Lewis, Minister, Henllan


Parish entry for Henllan Amgoed and Llangan from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

  • St David
  • &
  • St Canna (Llangan)
  • Incumbent and Curates; W L Davies
  • Rural Deanery of  St Clears
  • Acreage 1,044 & 4,916 ; Population 301 & 309


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 Henllan Amgoed

Owen, Jeremy. Golwg ar y beiau y sydd yn yr hanes a brintiwyd ynghylch pedair neu bum mlynedd i nawr, ym mherthynas i'r rhwygiad a wnaethpwyd yn eglwys Henllan yn y blynyddoedd 1707, 1708, 1709, (Caerfyrddin, 1732-1733), xi, 87p. Hefyd: Golwg ar y beiau gan Jeremy Owen (1732-3), golygwyd gan R.T. Jenkins, (Caerdydd, 1950), 99p.

Tri chanmlwyddiant Eglwys Annibynnol Henllan: 1697-1997, Henllan, Eglwys Annibynnol Henllan Amgoed (1997) 39 p. ill, ports.

Church Records

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

PR CMB prior to 1812 were reported in 1831 to be 'completely decayed' by dampness, whereas the imprecise return of 1933 suggests there were then extant records beginning in 1787 now apparently lost. Diocesan records suggest that c1790 the registers went back to 1754.

Parish registers: Marriages (1826-1969) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1671-2, 1675, 1678-84, 1686-7, 1693, 1695, 1697-9, 1702-3, 1707-8, 1713, 1716-18, 1720-2, 1724-30, 1732-59, 1762-3, 1768-70, 1772-7, 1780-1800, 1802-16, 1818-21, 1824-5, 1827-33, 1835-9, 1846-7, 1849, 1855, 1864, 1866-7) 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:

  • Henllan (Independent, 1697), Henllan Amgoed parish            Births (148-1837) and burials (1785-1829) PRO RG4/2516, LDS 828111, IGI - includes records for Trinity (Llanboidy); notes including baptisms (1746-60) NLW Ms 5460     See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg         On Dyfed FHS            SN17942008       Meeting house/chapel built 1697, rebuilt/enlarged 1724 & 1830    Coflein              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 (Feb 2009)

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Henllan Amgoed 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;

  • [Excluding Eglwys-fair-y-chyrig] Area 1033 acres; Population 85 males, 88 females, total 173

Places, villages, farms etc within Henllan Amgoed  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)

  • Henllan Amgoed (52); Blaen-wern ddu, Caer Emlyn, Cefn Varchan, Felin, Glas coed, Henllan, Henllan Amgoed, Hendre, Parciau.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Henllan Amgoed 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


[Gareth Hicks : 20 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN180200 (Lat/Lon: 51.848810, -4.643834), Henllan Amgoed which are provided by: