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"LLANDILO-VAWR (LLAN-DEILO-FAWR), a parish (and the head of a union), comprising the market town and liberties of Llandilo-Vawr, and the hamlets of Maenor-Deilo-vabon, Taliaris, and TiÓr Esgob with RhŰs-maen, in the lower division of the hundred of PERVERTH; the hamlets of Cwm-Garw-Llwyd, Maenor-Deilo Upper, Maenor-Deilo Lower, and T‚ch Lenan with Rhiw-Ll‚s, in the lower division of the hundred of CAYO; and the hamlets of Bryn-y-Beirdd, Glyn-Aman, PentrÍv Cwn, TrÍcastell, and TrÍgib, in the hundred of ISCENNEN, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTHWALES; containing 5471 inhabitants, of which number, 1313 are in the town and liberties of Llandilo-Vawr, 15 miles (E. by N.) from Carmarthen. . . The TOWN is beautifully situated on an eminence rising from the right bank of the river Towy . . . Within the last few years great improvements have taken place . . . The PARISH is upwards of thirteen miles in length, from north to south, and about eight in breadth . . . It comprises about 26,000 acres, of which 5200 are arable, 13,000 pasture, 1300 woodland . . . The church, dedicated to St. Teilo, and situated nearly in the centre of the town, is a large heavy building . . . Within the limits of the parish are four places of worship for Independents, two for Baptists, two for Wesleyans, and one each for Calvinistic Methodists and Unitarians . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]


Jenkins, T. and Jenkins, D.C. The diary of Thomas Jenkins of Llandeilo: 1826-1870 (2nd. rev. ed.), Bala, Dragon Books (1986) 206: p., maps, 1 port., 1 geneal. table. [ISBN: 0907158161]The original diary is now at The National Library of Wales. Thomas Jenkins was a carpenter, an undertaker and apparently a jack of all trades even founding the Llandeilo Mechanics Mutual Instructing Institution in 1843. There are selections from the diary on this Ammanford site


Morris, D. E. The smallest graveyard in Wales. Dyfed Family History Journal 4 (1991), p. 65-6. [Brynmaen - lists 14 Quaker burials]

Church History

LLANDILO, St. Teilo  1844-1851   - on the Church plans online site

CALEDFWLCH, New Church   1859-1861    - on the Church plans online site CWMAMMAN, Christ Church   1838-1842   - 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


See Cwmgors/Gwauncaegurwen for a history database of  Amman Valley chapels and churches

Cwmamman Auxiliary of the British & Foreign Bible Society. Subscribers' List from the 1931-1932 report, compiled by Rina Callingham

Parish entry for Llandilo fawr with Llandyfeisant from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

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

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

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

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

Home Page of the Parish of Llandeilo Fawr Taliaris & Maesteilo  Details of church history/building


Davies, Ben. Dathlu iwbili eglwys y Capel Newydd, Llandeilo, 1902-1952, (Llandeilo, 1952), [14]p.

Davies, D. Elwyn. Y traddodiad Undodaidd ym mro yr Eisteddfod: hen eglwys Llandyfaen ac Onnenfawr, Llandeilo. Yr Ymofynnydd (Mai/Gorffennaf 1996), p. 1-2

Davies, William Anthony. Ty'n y wern [Glanaman] fy ieuenctid: atgofion am hen gymeriadau, (Ammanford, 1943), 31p.

Evans, E. Lewis. Hanes Capel Isaac, (Llandysul, 1950), xii, 182p.

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 Deilo Fawr

Gruffydd, W.T. Hanes y Tabernacl, Llandeilo, Gruffydd (1951) 63 p., ill.

Jones, David. Canmlwyddiant Siloh, Penybanc, Llandeilo, 1830-1930 (Merthyr Tydfil, 1931), 24, iii p.

Jones, Eirwen. Llandeilo church's lost treasure. Carmarthenshire Historian 20 (1986), p. 81

Morgan, John Jenkyn (Glan Berach). Hanner canrif o hanes eglwys Annibynnol Bryn Seion, Glanaman, Sir Gaerfyrddin, (Abertawe, 1957), 43p.

Owen, J. Dyfnallt, J.D. Jones, Ben Davies. Hanes eglwys Cwmllynfell, (Caerfyrddin, 1935), viii, 199p.

Randall, A. Catholic Llandeilo: a history of St. David's Parish, Llandeilo (26 New Road, Llandeilo SA19 6DB), C. O'Hara (1987) 29 p., ill., 1 map, ports.

Church Records

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

PR (1679-1724) transcribed in 1955 apparently lost

Parish registers: Christenings (1732-1937), Marriages (1732-95, 1822-1961), Banns (1754-69, 1823-1956) and Burials (1732-1966) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Facsimile Parish registers: Christenings (1720-4), Marriages (1683-1722, 1754-69) and Burials (1679-1723) are at the National Library of Wales.

Copy ts PR/BT M index (1732-1875) at Carm.RO and copy ts PR/BT M index (1732-1837) at NLW

Transcript PR/BTs: Christenings (1679-1776), Marriages (1683-1769) and Burials (1679-1779) are at the Society of Genealogists.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1679, 1681-2, 1684, 1686-7, 1730, 1732-7, 1739-71, 1773-1800, 1802-11, 1813-38, 1840, 1842-68, 1873-6) 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. 20 - Cayo Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

Cwmaman [formed out of Betws, Llandybie, Llandeilo Fawr and Llangiwg in 1843]
Christenings (1840-1930), Marriages (1842-1948, Banns 1842-67, 1887-1949), Burials (1842-1959) at Carm RO
 BTs: 1840-52, 1854-67, 1869-74 at NLW.  Baptisms, marriages and burials for Christ Church Cwmmaman available on FreeREG.

Manordeilo/Maenordeilo [ formed out of Llandeilo Fawr 1905]
Christenings (1861-1939), Marriages (1861-1970), Burials (1813-1927) at Carm.RO

Taliaris [ PR prior to 1813 see Llandeilo Fawr]
Christenings and Marriages (1813-) with incumbent.    Burials (1813-1927) at Carm.RO
Copy ts CB (1802-12) at NLW
BTs: 1813-15, 1842-60, 1864 at NLW

Held at Carmarthen Archives;

Parish Church photograph and basic information,   Capel Newydd photograph  and   Salem chapel photograph and basic information from Dyfed FHS.

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 Llandeilo Fawr  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)


Dyfed (Wales) Cultural Services Department. Llandeilo, Llanymddyfri a rhan uchaf Dyffryn Tywi: mewn hen luniau. Stroud: Alan Sutton ar y cyd Cyngor Sir Dyfed a Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, 1991. 159p: chiefly ill, ports. [ISBN 0862999758]

Gittins, R & Spencer Davies, D. The Illustrated Heart of Wales Line. Llandysul, 1985, 143 pp. Its 110 mile route from Swansea to Shrewsbury takes it through  the heartland of Wales inc. the towns and hamlets of Pantyfynnon, Ffairfach, Llandeilo, Llangadog, Llandovery, Cynghordy etc, and describes each halt and station in detail.

Kenyon, John R. A traveller in the Llandeilo area in the summer of 1798. Carmarthenshire Antiquary 29 (1993), p. 47-50

Llandeilo Fawr Town Council. Llandeilo town guide. [Llandeilo]: Llandeilo Fawr Town Council, 1994. 43p: ill, map; 21cm.

Llandeilo Urban District, Carmarthenshire: the official guide (4th ed.), Home Publishing Co (1955) 18 p., ill.

Llandeilo Fawr Town Council site

Dave Michael's Amman Valley site

Llandeilo - on Wikipedia


Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1830. Here are Extracts relating to Llandeilo fawr

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1844. Here are Extracts relating to Llandeilo fawr

Kelly's Directory of South Wales 1923 -  section for Cwmamman

Emigration and Immigration

Havey, Marjory. David Jones of Llandilo and Sydney. Dyfed FHS journal Vol 5, no 4, Aug 1995, p 167-168. The life of David Jones (1793-1873), merchant, who emigrated to Sydney, Australia, in 1835

Jones, Bill & Dr Huw Walters. On the American Frontiers: Amman Valley Emigrants in Texas, 1879-1880. The Carmarthenshire Antiquary, 37/2001.


Carmarthenshire Families

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

A database of Hicks Names names found in  the BTs/IGI and censuses for Llandeilo fawr, Betws and [some] Llangadog parishes which have been  collated into specific (probable) family groups.

Hicks, Gareth. Does misfortune run in threes....? [The tragedy of the fire at White Hart Inn, Llandeilo town on  14 September 1894]. Dyfed FHS journal Vol 7, no1, Apr 2000. Features Edwards/Davies families.

Morris, John. MORRIS of Llandeilo, CMN . Dyfed FHS journal, Vol 7/108. Examining the possibility that four Morris families had common roots in Anglesey

History - a lot of material, including extracts/features etc;


Beale, Anne. The Vale of Towey. 1844. Contains sketches giving pictures of old customs and relating some of the traditions of the Vale, in and around Llandilo.

Cragoe, Matthew. The Golden Grove interest in Carmarthenshire politics, 1804-1821. Welsh History Review 16 (1993), p. 467-93

Davies, William, Gwilym Teilo, and Samuel, William. Llandeilo: a compilation of "Llandeilo-Vawr and its neighbourhood" by William Davies & "Llandeilo: present and past" by W. Samuel. (facsimile) Carmarthen: Dyfed County Council, Cultural Services Department, 1993. 260p in various pagings: geneal tables, plans; 20cm. [ISBN 0860750906]. See under Samuel  below.

Edwards, Hywel Teifi [ed.] Cwm Aman [Amman Valley] .Gomer 1996. In Welsh.  There is a list of chapter headings and photographs on Cwmgors and Gwaun-cae-gurwen

Evans DA & Walters H. Dyffryn Aman 'Slawer Dydd [The Amman Valley Long Ago: A Collection of Photographs];Gomer 1987. Bilingual. Here is the book's introduction and an Index by Gareth Hicks

Griffiths, Ralph A. A tale of two towns: Llandeilo Fawr and Dinefwr in the Middle Ages. Sir Gar (1991), p. 205-26

Jones, E. Llandeilo. V. Lodwick (1984) 61 p.

Lewis, Brian. The Amman Valley: A Photographic Portrait. (1996). Here is an Index by Gareth Hicks

Lewis, J.M. Carreg Cennen Castle, Cardiff, Cadw Welsh Historic Monuments (1990) 40 p., col ill., facsims., geneal tables, maps. [ISBN: 0948329548 (pbk)]

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

Rees, Enoch. The History of Brynamman 1883 & 1896. (Trans. from the original Welsh by Ivor Griffiths, Gorseinon.) Here is an index for the English version, with contents listing, and an index for the Welsh version, both by Anna Brueton

Samuel, W. Llandilo, present and past; an illustrated guide to the ancient castles and other antiquities of the neighbourhood. A sketch of the history and the annals of the town embracing that of the Kingdom of Dynevor, Carmarthen, 1868. 164, xii p., [16] p. of advertising, [5], (1 fold.): p., charts, geneological tables, plan. There is a detailed extract of this book on Llandilo, Present & Past.

Llandeilo, Llanymddyfri a rhan uchaf dyffryn Tywi mewn hen luniau, Alan Sutton (1991) [160] p. [ISBN: 0862999758 (pbk)]

Land and Property

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

Documents at the National Library of Wales:

Held at Carmarthen Archives;



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


Davies, Ifor. History of Coal Mining in the Amman Valley . Bi-lingual. Published by the author, 2001. Here is a list of chapter headings and photographs.

Greenlaw, Joanna. Swansea clocks: watch and clockmakers of Swansea and district (Llanelli, Llandeilo, Neath). [Swansea]: Joanna Greenlaw, 1997. 123p, [12]p of plates: ill (some col.), facsims, maps, ports; 25cm. [ISBN 0953154904]

Roberts, Gomer Rev. Argraffu ac Argraffwyr yn Llandeilo Fawr.(Printing & Printers in Llandeilo Fawr). The Carmarthen Antiquary, 1944, 1/77-9; and 1957, 2/178-81; and 1959, 3/36-7; and 1961, 3/224-5.

Public Records

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

Held at Ceredigion Archives ;


Held at Carmarthen Archives;

Social Life and Customs

Davies, Howard G. The Centenary History of Amman United Rugby Football Club, 1903 - 2003. (Roll Along, Amman United, Roll Along) 2003. Here is a Contents listing and a listing of photographs, by Gareth Hicks

Walters, Huw. Cynnwrf Canrif : Agweddau Ar Ddiwylliant Gwern.  Cyhoeddiadau Barddas, Abertawe, 2004. ISBN: 1900437678. Paperback, 372p.
A comprehensive collection of eight interesting and informative essays reflecting various aspects of the rich folk culture of the Aman and other south Wales valleys in the 19th century, written by a thorough researcher. Here is a review of the book by Tegwyn Jones (in Welsh)

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[Gareth Hicks:  19 May 2015]

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