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"LAUGHARNE, otherwise TLYCHARN, an incorporated sea-port and market-town, and a parish, in the higher division of the hundred of DERLLYS, union and county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 12 1/2 miles (S.W.) of Carmarthen, and 228 (W.) from London; containing 2011 inhabitants, of which number 1390 are in the township of Laugharne . . . The TOWN is beautifully situated on a level plot of ground, inclosed on every side, except towards the sea, by lofty eminences richly clothed with timber, and consists principally of one long and spacious street, intersected at right angles by a shorter thoroughfare, leading to that part of it called the Cors, in which are some new buildings. The houses are in general well built, and of respectable appearance; the streets are partially paved, and the inhabitants are amply supplied with water. . . The parish . . . is in general fertile and productive . . The church, dedicated to St. Martin, is a spacious and venerable cruciform structure, with a square embattled tower, supported on pointed arches . . . The remains of the ancient castle, which crowns the summit of a cliff at the mouth of the Tf, near the southern extremity of the town, are extensive and in an excellent state of preservation . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Church History

LAUGHARNE, St. Martin  1853-1876 - on the Church plans online site

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Martin's Church

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 Laugharne with Llansadurnen 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 Llacharn

Thomas, D.M. History of Nonconformity in Laugharne: The Congregationalists, Trans. Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society and Field Club, vol. 13, (1918-19).

Thomas, D.M. History of Nonconformity in Laugharne: The Methodists, Trans. Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society and Field Club, vol. 16, (1922-23).

Church Records

Laugharne Church -photograph and basic information from Dyfed FHS

Parish registers: Christenings (1651-1974), Marriages (1639-1971), Banns (1801-47, 1857-1907) and Burials (1645-1972) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Facsimile Parish registers: Christenings (1651-1812), Marriages (1639-1800) and Burials (1645-1812) are at the National Library of Wales and the Society of Genealogists.

Copy ts PR index CB (1813-75) M (1639-1875) at NLW and Carm.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1672, 1677-9, 1681-2, 1686, 1704-5, 1711, 1715, 1717, 1721, 1725-1800, 1802-39, 1841, 1854-5, 1857, 1859-61, 1864, 1868-82, 1884-5, 1887-9) 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:

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 Laugharne  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 Gareth Hicks)

Laugharne Castle - on Castle Wales

Laugharne - on the Bakerlite site

The Dylan Thomas Boathouse site


Page, Claude A. About Laugharne: the home of Dylan Thomas. Tenby: H. G. Walters (Publishers), 1972. 32p: ill, map; 21cm.


Hunt, E.C. Directory and Topography for the Cities of Gloucester and Bristol: and the towns of Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Laugharne, Llanelly, and St. Clears [etc.]., London, B.W. Gardiner (1849) iv, 558 p.

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1830. Here are Extracts relating to St Clears, Laugharne and Neighbourhoods

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1844. Here are Extracts relating to Laugharne and Neighbourhoods


Avent, R. Laugharne Castle, Cardiff, Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments (1995) 48 p., ill. (chiefly col), geneal. table, maps, plans, ports. [ISBN: 1857600665 (pbk)]

Curtis, Mary. The antiquities of Laugharne, Pendine, and their neighbourhoods: Carmarthenshire, Amroth, Sandersfoot, Cilgetty, Pembrokeshire, South Wales. (2nd ed.) London: Printed for the author by R. Clay, 1880. viii, 339p: ill, geneal tables; 19cm.

Price, D.M. and O'Brien, M.L. Greatest of the three: a historical survey of Laugharne and Pendine, [Pendine] (Llanmiloe Primary School, Pendine, Carms.) : [D.M. Price] (1973) [7], 66 p. : p., ill., maps, plans. [ISBN: 0950287105] p.

Tucker, J. A. G. Yesteryear: Laugharne in the inter-war years. [s.l.]: J.A.G. Tucker, 1988. ca 60p: ill; 22cm.

Laugharne: local history and folklore. [Llandysul]: Gomer, [1985?] 64p: ill; 20x21cm. [Reproduction of manuscript copy.] [ISBN 0863831540]

Land and Property

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

Documents at the National Library of Wales:


Merchant Marine

James, Terrence, and Humphreys, Anna. The loss of the brigantine 'Amiable Martha' off Laugharne, September 1786: with a translation from the original French by Anna Humphreys. Carmarthenshire Antiquary 31 (1995), p. 67-74

Names, Geographical

Charles, B.G. English place-names in Laugharne. In Camarthenshire studies, pp.122-135, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire County Council, (1974).

Public Records

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

Social Life and Customs

J.A.G.T. (J A G Tucker). Yesteryear: Laugharne in the inter-war years, [Great Britain?], [J.A.G.T?] (1988) 1 v., ill., ports.
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[Gareth Hicks : 21 Dec 2012]

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