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"LLANDEVEYLOG (LLAN-DYFAELOG), a parish, in the hundred of Kidwelly, union and county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (S.S.E.) from Carmarthen; containing 1303 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the navigable river Towy, by which it is bounded on the west; and contains a large tract of fertile land, the whole, with a very trifling exception, is inclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The surrounding scenery is richly varied, and that portion of the parish situated between the turnpike-road from Carmarthen to Kidwelly, which passes close to the village, and the river Towy, is not inferior, for the variety and beauty of its scenery, to any district in this part of the principality. . . There is an ancient weir for taking salmon and sewin, attached to the Plās Gwyn estate. Several good family residences are situated within the limits of the parish, but most of them have been deserted by their proprietors, and converted into farm-houses. . . The church, dedicated to St. Maelog, the reputed founder, is of great antiquity, and of a very irregular form, differing as to structure from the generality of parochial churches. There are places of worship for Welsh Methodists, Independents, and Unitarians, of whom the first assemble for divine worship in an ancient edifice, formerly a chapel of ease to the mother church . . . About 60 children of both sexes are instructed in two day schools, at the expense of their parents; and there are five Sunday schools . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Church History

LLANDEFEILOG, St. Tyfaelog  1866-1870    - on the Church plans online 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


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


Francis, Gwyn. Hanes Eglwys Annibynnol Rama, ger Caerfyrddin 1842-1992. Llandyfaelog: Rama, Llandyfaelog, 1992. 32p: ill, ports; 21cm.

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1695-1966), Marriages (1695-1805, 1808-1970), Banns (1808-12, 1882, 1884, 1900-94) and Cwm-ffrwd Marriages (1877-1970) , Burials (1695-1911) are at the National Library of Wales with copies [except Banns] at Carm.RO

Copy ts PR index CB (1813-75) M (1695-1875) at NLW and Carm.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1672, 1679-80, 1684-8, 1690-1, 1693-4, 1697-1704, 1707-14, 1717-51, 1753-66, 1768-99, 1802-52, 1854-62) 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. 16 - Kidwelly 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 Llandefaelog  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)


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


History of Llandyfaelog, Carmarthenshire, Author Unknown. [Listed in Rawlins]

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


Public Records

Held at Carmarthen Archives;

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


Davies, J. Douglas. A brief history of Llandyfaelog School: talfyriad o'i hanes. [Llandyfaelog]: [Llandyfaelog V.C.P. School?], 1998. 37p: ill(some col), facsim, ports; 21cm.
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[Gareth Hicks: 22 Dec 2012]

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