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"LLANGAN (LLAN-GAN), a parish, in the union of NARBERTH, chiefly in the lower division of the hundred of DERLLYS, county of CARMARTHEN, but partly in the hundred of DUNGLEDDY, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 16 miles (W.) from Carmarthen; containing 640 inhabitants, of which number, 603 are in Carmarthenshire, and the remainder in the Pembrokeshire portion. On the banks of the Tâf, in this parish, anciently stood the famous Ty Gwyn ar Dâf, or "the White House on the Tâf," an occasional residence of Hywel Dda, sovereign of all Wales . . . The parish is pleasantly situated on the river Tâf, and intersected by the old Whitland road from Carmarthen to Haverfordwest; it comprehends a large tract of arable and pasture land, the whole of which, with a very small exception, is inclosed and in a good state of cultivation. . . The church, dedicated to St. Canna, is a neat modern edifice, rebuilt in the year 1820, and consisting of a nave and chancel . . . There are two Sunday schools, in which 110 children are taught gratuitously by the dissenters. . . " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]


Higham, B. Rev. David Jones, the angel of Llangan, [S.l.], Brian Higham (1995) 24 p. [Paper given at the Congregational Studies Conference 1995 at Westminster Chapel, London] p.

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

  • Llangan Parish Church                  John Rees, Curate, St Clears
  • Nazareth   Baptist    Erected in 1849         Theophilus Thomas, Minister, Whitland, nr St Clears


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 Llan Gan

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

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1768-93, 1813-1989), Marriages (1769-1963) and Burials (1768-94, 1813-1992) are at the Pembrokeshire Record Office, and microfiche copies are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1677-9, 1681-5, 1690-1, 1693-5, 1697-9, 1704-5, 1707-8, 1711, 1713, 1715-18, 1720-2, 1725-7, 1729-83, 1785-92, 1794-5, 1805, 1807-31, 1833, 1837, 1840) 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:

  • Nazareth (Baptist, c1845), Market St, Whitland, Llan-gan parish            SN20041661           Built 1849. Rebuilt 1861 & enlarged 1894    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg                               Still open 1998           Coflein
  • English Congregational Chapel, North Rd, Whitland, Llan-gan parish           SN19771671   Stone laid in September, 1910            Still open in 1998         Coflein

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llan-Gan 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 4758 acres; Population 280 males, 326 females, total 606
  • Excluding Llangan hamlet in Pembrokeshire;  Area 194 acres; Population 9 males, 16 females, total 25

Places, villages, farms etc within Llan-Gan  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)

  • Llangan (53 - Llangan East in CMN); Abbey, Berli-mawr, Blaen godiw, Blaen wen euch, Bryn Lewelltyn, Bryn-banc, Bwlch melyn, Castle draenog, Cib-post, Coed Hywel, Cwm-felin boeth, Felin, Ffos-winau, Ffynon foidu, Gelli-drogyn, Lan, Lanttiweg, Llwyn-gwydd, Pant-y-ffynon, Pass-by, Pen-gawsai, Vicarage, Whitland.
  • Llangan (121 - Llangan West in PEM); Sarn-las.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llan-Gan 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.


. NB.The map link for Llan-Gan itself is aimed at the church of St Canna which is within that part of Llan-Gan parish  in Pembrokeshire ---  the bulk of the Carmarthenshire section of the parish is to the north and east of this spot.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN177187 (Lat/Lon: 51.837036, -4.647500), Llan-Gan which are provided by:

Public Records

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

  • Whitland Parish Council Records  "Including ; ....... Llangan vestry book 1844 - 1896......"


[Gareth Hicks :  29 Dec 2012]