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Llandilo Fawr

"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 Tiîr Esgob with Rhôs-maen, in the lower division of the hundred of PERVERTH; the hamlets of Cwm-Garw-Llwyd, Maenor-Deilo Upper, Maenor-Deilo Lower, and Tâch Lenan with Rhiw-Llâs, in the lower division of the hundred of CAYO; and the hamlets of Bryn-y-Beirdd, Glyn-Aman, Pentrêv Cwn, Trêcastell, and Trêgib, 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]
Holy Trinity, Taliaris
St Catherine, Upper Brynamman
St Paul, Cwmifor, Manordeilo
Welsh Baptist Church, Cwmifor
Welsh Independent Chapel, Salem
Dyffryn Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Manordeilo
Bethel Chapel, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist, Rhosmaen
Bethel Welsh Baptist Church, Pontbrenaraeth
Bryn Seion Independent Sunday School, Ffairfach
Brynaman English Congregational Chapel, Brynaman
Brynhyfryd Welsh Independent Sunday School, Ffairfach
Caersalem Welsh Sunday School, Forge, Llandyfan, Nr. Trapp
Capel Dewi Church Site, Trap
Capel Issa, Church Site, Cwm-Ifor
Capel Newydd Welsh Independent Chapel, Llandeilo
Capel Yr Ywen, Chapel Site, Manordeilo
Catholic Church, Brynamman
Cemetery, Pen-y-banc
Chapel Site, Llandeilo
Cwmgrenig Welsh Independent Sunday School, Goleufryn, Abergrenig
Davies Memorial Hall,English Congregational And United Reformed, Llandeilo
Ebeneser Welsh Baptist Church, Llandeilo
Elim Independant Sunday School Chapel, Rhos-Maen
Elim Welsh Independent Sunday School, Llandeilo
Gibea Welsh Independent Chapel, Upper Brynaman
Glyncollen Independent Sunday School, Upper Manordeilo
Hermon Chapel, Manordeilo
Horeb Welsh Independent Chapel, Rear, Llandeilo
Isaac Welsh Independent Chapel, Mynyddbach, Capel Isaac
Llandyfan Church Hall, Near Blaengweche, Llandyfan
Llwynyronnen Welsh Methodist Chapel, Llwyn-Yr-Onen, Tre-Gib
Moreia Chapel (Welsh Calvinistic Methodist;Moriah), Upper Brynaman
Onnenfawr Welsh Unitarian Chapel, Onen-Fawr
Pentre Welsh Independent Sunday School, Manordeilo
Salem Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Llandeilo
Seilo Welsh Independent Chapel, Pen-Y-Banc
Soar Church, Llandyfan
St David's Catholic Church, Llandeilo
St Dyfan, Llandyfan
St John, Capel Isaac
St Paul's (Wesleyan) Methodist Sunday School, Cwm-Ifor
St Paul's Welsh Methodist Church, Wesleyan;Ebenezer, Llandeilo
St Teilo, Llandeilo
Sunday School, Manordeilo
T'Ynywern Welsh Independent Sunday School, Cwmamman
Tabernacl Independent Sunday School, Ffairfach
Tabernacl Welsh Independent Chapel, Ffairfach
Trinity Chapel, Calvinistic Methodist;Taliaris, Taliaris, Ffairfach
Welsh Independent Sunday School, Taliaris

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llandilo-yr-ynys area or see them printed on a map.

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

  • St Teilo; Llandilo-Fawr Parish Church                   J W Pugh, Vicar
  • Trinity chapel, commonly called Taliaris          Consecrated before 1800    John Williams, Minister, Taliaris Parsonage
  • Bryn Amman Church School          Bryn Amman is only a schoolroom with a day school and a Sunday School       No informant's name   Endorsed Church of England
  • Tabernacle, Fairfach    Ind         Erected in 1817, re-erected in 1839        James Thomas, Secretary, Grocer, Llandilo
  • Llwynyronen, Hamlet of Tregib    WM       Erected in 1810, re-erected in 1850          Rees Davies, Steward, Maesyffynon  
  • Onnenfawr, Tregib     Unitarianism        Erected in 1840           Titus Evans, Minister, King St, Carmarthen
  • Bethel, Pontbrenaraeth      Baptist        Erected before 1800               Thomas Lloyd, Minister, Cwmifor
  • Hermon  Ind                Erected in 1812         David Williams, Deacon of Hermon, Chappel, Penhill, Nr Llandilo
  • Salem  Ind                     Erected in 1830              David Jones, Minister, Pantarfon
  • Cwmifor   Baptist       Erected before 1800     John Morgans, Deacon, Maesgwastad
  • Silo, Penybank    Independants or Congregationalists          Built in 1848 in Lew of Building 1820     William Harries, Deacon, Llandilo Post Office, Glanmyddyfi
  • Ebenezer   Baptist    Erected in 1829       Z Davies, Minister
  • Wesleyan chapel              Erected before 1800                Thomas Williams, Society Steward
  • Salem   CM       Erected before 1800        Bejamin Davies Thomas, Minister
  • Capel Isaac   Ind             Erected in 1846 in lieu of a building of 1790 which was built on the site of one of 1672      William Thomas, Minister
  • Christ Church Cwm Amman             Consecrated in 1842 for the new district Distant from the nearest Church about 5 miles               James Richard Griffiths, Incumbent
  • Llandyfan        " This Chapel no doubt belonged to the Established Church originally, but afterwards fell into the hands of the Unitarians, and in the year 1840 or 1841 restored again to the Church. There is no District attached to this place."   Licensed about 10 years ago as an additional place of worship          James Richard Griffiths, Officiating Minister
  • Bethel, Christ Church    Ind         Erected in 1773           John Davies, Minister, Cwmamman
  • Tabernacl    CM                      Erected in 1841              Francis Francis, Deacon, Cwmaman

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)).

  • St Teilo
  • &
  • Llandyfan Chapel of Ease
  • &
  • St John, Maesteilo
  • &
  • St Tefei (Llandyfeisant)
  • Incumbent and Curates; R Williams (J T Davies, R M Rosser, D S Jones)
  • Rural Deanery of  Llandilo
  • Acreage 26,991 ; Population 4,199 & ---& ---& 109

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

  • Holy Trinity
  • Incumbent and Curates; T Morgans
  • Rural Deanery of  Llandilo
  • Acreage  --- ; Population 481

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

  • St Paul
  • Incumbent and Curates; D J Evans
  • Rural Deanery of  Llandilo
  • Acreage --- ; Population 485

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

  • St Catherine
  • &
  • St Margaret's, Cwmllynfell
  • Incumbent and Curates; J W Hughes (D T Jones)
  • Rural Deanery of  Llandilo
  • Acreage 7,704 ; Population 5,757

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

  • Christ Church
  • &
  • Llanfair
  • &
  • St Margaret
  • &
  • St David
  • Incumbent and Curates; W A Jones (B Davies, A O J Thomas)
  • Rural Deanery of  Llandilo
  • Acreage --- ; Population 11,810

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:

  • Cwmifor (Baptist, 1787), Cwmifor                On Dyfed FHS
  • Ebenezer (Baptist, 1788), Ebenezer St/Crescent Rd, Llandeilo                 SN6305222290    Built 1850, rebuilt 1877-8    Still open 1998     Coflein   
  • Bethesda Baptist chapel, Cwmaman Rd, Glanaman            SN67741362        Built 1843- 4 as Particular Baptist; rebuilt 1882      Still open 1998         Coflein 
  • Bethel Methodist, near Rhosmaen               SN634234   On Dyfed FHS     [Not found anywhere else]
  • Bethania CM chapel, Heol Brynlloi, Glanaman            SN67481358     Built 1906-7, the schoolroom/vestry is dated 1941.   Coflein                 Still open in 2006
  • Dyffryn (Calvinistic Methodist, 1875), Manordeilo            SN67592664           Built 1875   Coflein               Dyffryn CM chapel, Manordeilo - still open in 2006
  • Salem (Calvinistic Methodist, 1791), New Rd, Llandeilo             Births and baptisms (1814-37) PRO RG4/3831, LDS 828108, IGI          On Dyfed FHS            Salem, Heol Newydd, Llandeilo CM chapel - still open in 2006 
  • Tabernacle (Calvinistic Methodist, 1773), Tabernacle Rd, Glanaman          See Sion (Betws), and Bethel Independent Chapel            SN67081377      Built in 1840-41  Coflein     Tabernacl CM chapel, Heol Tabernacl, Glanaman  - still open in 2006
  • Bethel Newydd (Independent, c1750), Glanaman Rd, Glanaman         Births and baptisms (1760-1835) - included in PRO RG4/3900, LDS 813545, IGI; deaths (1863-71) NLW Ms 21887   SN68181347       Built in 1773; enlarged 1825, rebuilt or modified in 1875/6       Coflein                 Bethel Newydd Ind chapel, Garnant -  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 ( Welsh) extract from this book relating to Bethel Independent Chapel, Cwmaman - with translation
  • Capel Isaac (Independent, c1650), Mynyddbach             Births and baptisms (1779-1825) PRO RG4/3774, (1788-1817) PRO RG4/3823, (1828-37) PRO RG4/4017, LDS 828113; members (1849-73) NLW Ms 3688; members, baptisms and deaths (1650-1749) NLW, LDS 104505/3; register (1715-94) - includes Abergorlech - NLW Ms 371A; trans. of register (1715-94), Cofiadur, vol 15, March 1947                On Dyfed FHS                 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 Eleri Rowlands (March 2009)
  • Hermon (Independent, 1808), Cefnglasfryn                   Births and baptisms (1837) PRO RG4/4018, LDS 828113, IGI.       On Dyfed FHS            Hermon Ind chapel, Manordeilo 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 Gareth Hicks (Nov 2008)
  • Salem (Independent, c1816), near Heolgaled            See Capel Isaac.            On Dyfed FHS           Salem Ind chapel, Heolgaled 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 Gareth Hicks (Nov 2008)
  • Siloh (Independent, 1830), Penybanc                   On Dyfed FHS  
    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 Gareth Hicks (Nov 2008)
  • Tabernacle (Independent, c1795), Ffairfach            On Dyfed FHS                 Tabernacl Ind chapel, Ffairfach 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 Eleri Rowlands (Nov 2008)
  • Capel Newydd Ind chapel, Crescent Rd, Llandeilo       SN6314922423    Built 1901-2     Still open 1998      Coflein                    On Dyfed FHS                 Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
  • Elim Independent chapel, near Rhosmaen           SN63342324   The Sunday School was a branch of Capel Newydd    Built 1896/7    Not still open 1997    Coflein          On Dyfed FHS
  • Davies Memorial Hall (English Congregational/United Reformed), George Hill, Llandeilo             SN6280822286         Built 1874/5, first as a Sunday School. Church services begun 1882.    Still open 1997     Coflein    
  • Horeb Welsh Independent chapel, Rhos-maen St (rear), Llandeilo           SN6291722396          Built c 1809, present structure dating from 1849.     Not still open in 1997   Coflein   
  • Bryn Seion Welsh Independent chapel, High St, Glanaman             SN67551358     Built 1909-10  Still open 1998    Coflein 
  • Brynlloi Independent Sunday School, Glanaman        SN683134     Built 1864       Coflein 
  • Mynydd-du Welsh Independent Sunday School, Twyn-mynydd, Glanaman               SN66631460       Built 1900    Still open 1999    Coflein 
  • Pentre Welsh Independent Sunday School, Manordeilo                       SN67682683    Built 1901          Not still open 1997   Coflein 
  • Brynaman English Congregational chapel, Lower Station Rd, Brynaman            SN71181386     A corrugated-zinc chapel built 1910, closed in 1996      Coflein 
  • Onnenfawr (Unitarian, 1838), Onen-Fawr                   Notes and documents NLMW 4457             SN64721992   Built 1838/40, closed 1886    Coflein 
  • Bryn -y-maen Friends' Burial Ground, Salem             SN629262       Coflein                     On Dyfed FHS
  • Chapel (Wesleyan Methodist, 1806), Latimer Rd, Llandeilo               Births and baptisms (1810-37) PRO RG4/4019, LDS 828113, IGI; account book (1869-1904) NLW Ms 675A; register of baptisms for Llandilo circuit (1814-63) NLW WMA 805E        St Paul's Welsh (Wesleyan/Ebenezer) Methodist Church, Latimer Rd, Llandeilo      SN6318422497        "St Paul's Church was built in 1900, in Gothic style of the gable entry type, to the design of J. W. Jones of Llandeilo. The Church was closed c.1991 and by 1997 had been converted into flats."   Coflein 
  • Llwyn-yr-onen (Wesleyan Methodist, 1804), Castle View, Llwyn-yr-onen, Tregib                Records with those of  above Wesleyan chapel               SN66131954    Built 1808 or 1810, rebuilt 1850.    Still open 1997     Coflein   

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;

  • Indices of marriage notices Llandeilo fawr 1879-1893.

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;

  • Part of parish in Llandeilo sub district, including Llandilo town; Area 19358 acres; Population 2096 males, 2469 females, total 4565
  • Part of parish in Llandybie sub district; Area 6250 acres; Population 614 males, 579 females, total 1193

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)

  • Llandilo Fawr (24 - in Llandeilo sub-district); Afon Camnant; Afon Dulais; Afon Myddyfi; Banc; Blaen-Cib; Bryn-eithin; Bryn-glas;  Bryngwyn; Bryn Teilo; Bryn-wgan; Cae'r-groes; Caledfwlch; Capel-isaf; Capel-Isaac; Careg-cegyn; Careg Cennen; Careg Cennen Castle; Cefn-bedw; Cefn-cethin; Cefn-cilwg; Cefn-glasfryn; Cil-y-wern; Cwm Cib; Cwm-Ifor; Dan-yr-allt Park; Esgair; Ffair-fach; Ferdre; Ffrwd; Ffrwd-wen;  Ffynnon-ddeilog; Gareg-lwyd; Gelli; Gelli groes; Glan Brydan Park; Glan-Dulais; Glan rhyd; Glan-rhyd-saeson; Gleien; Gurrey Manor; Hafod; Heol-galed; Llandilo (town);  Llandilo BR Station; Llandilo Fawr Rural; Llandilo Fawr Urban; Lletty glyd; Llwyd-coed; Llwyn-bedw; Llwynpiod;  Llwyn-yr-yn; Maen Llwyd; Maerdy(*2); Maesteilo; Maes y Castell; Manoravon; Manordilo; Meusydd-hirion; Nant-y-ffin; Nant-y-rhibo; Onen-fawr; Pantau; Pant-y-ffynnon; Parc-mawr;  Pen-cae-gwyn;  Pen Hill; Penhill Fm.; Pentre; Pen-y-Banc; Pistyll-gwyn; Pistyll-south; Pistyll-y-march; Plas-bach; Pont Gwladys; Pyllau-cochion; Rhiw; Rhosmaen; Talhardd; Taliaris; Tan-y-castell; Tir-y-lan; Tir-y-mynydd; Tower; Trapp; Tregeyb; Tyle; Ty'n-y-waun; Ty'r-doppa; Waun-hir
  • Llandilo Fawr (25 - in Llandybie sub district); Afon Cennen; Banwen Gwythwch; Beddau'r Derwyddon; Blaen-gweche; Bryn; Bryn-Pedol; Capel Dewi; Careg Dwfn; Cwm Amman Urban; Cwm Berach; Cwm Pedol; Cwrt-bryn-beirdd; Cynghordy; Dre-fach; Dryscol; Foel Deg-ar-Bedol; Forge Llandyfan; Garn-bica;  Graig Fawr; Llandyfan; Llwyn-Dewi; Mynydd Isaf; Nant Gwythwch; Nant Pedol; Pant-y-ffynnon; Reservoir; Source of Loughor; Sulphur Well; Tair Carn Isaf; Tair Carn Uchaf; Tir-y-Goetre; Tre Bevan; Twyn-mynydd

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

You can see pictures of Llandilo-yr-ynys which are provided by:

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;

  • Taliaris Muniments  1656, 1712-[c. 1961]     "Family and estate papers of the Gwynne and Peel families of Taliaris, in the parish of Llandeilo Fawr .............."

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

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llandilo-yr-ynys has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Llandilo-yr-ynys to another place.

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

  • Thomas Jenkins' Diary ed. by D C Jenkins;
  • A Llandeilo Apprentice (John Miles Davies);
  • Llandeilo by E Jones;
  • The Good Old Days by Bryn Thomas
  • The Dynevors;
  • Llandeilo Workhouse;

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;

  • John Jenkins Collection of Llandeilo Documents    "Sale catalogues, 1879-1910, relating predominantly to the Ty Gwyn estate and other properties in the town of Llandeilo and parish of Llandeilo Fawr, Carmarthenshire; electoral records for Llandeilo Fawr parish and Llandilo Polling District, 1857-1868; Government Orders relating to Poor Law Administration in Llandilofawr Union, 1838-1896; and Capel Newydd, Llandeilo, brochure, 1952."
  • Llandeilo and Llanybydder title deeds 1733-1888     

Documents at the National Library of Wales:

  • Several groups of deeds purchased from Kyrle Fletcher, including deeds, 1647-1876, relating to the Llandeilo area, Carmarthenshire

Held at Carmarthen Archives;

  • Printed tithe apportionments 1841-1843 for Llandybie, Llanfynydd and Llandeilo fawr parishes.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN493203 (Lat/Lon: 51.860838, -4.189924), Llandilo-yr-ynys which are provided by:


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

  • Y Lloffwr  1978-1986    " Y Lloffwr is the papur bro (Welsh language newspaper) covering the Dinefwr district, namely the towns of Llandeilo and Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, and was begun in 1978"


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;

  • Llandeilo Rural District Council and Llandovery Rural District Council Records        "Records of Llandeilo Rural District Council, Carmarthenshire, 1570-[20th century], including Llandeilo Rural District Council minute books, 1898-1963; ledgers, 1903-1935; declarations of acceptance of office, 1943-1973; roads committee minute books, 1914-1931; records from the Abercenne Union Work House, 1894-1909; records from the Llandeilo Fawr Sanitary Authority, 1872-1899; Llandovery Rural District Council minutes, 1907-1935; and Carmarthenshire deeds, 1570-[20th century]."

Held at Ceredigion Archives ;

  • Plans of Llandeilo and Lampeter Light railway, sheets 1-7. May 1905.


Held at Carmarthen Archives;

  • Hanes Ysgol y Garnant gan Olwen Richards, 1990.

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)

[Gareth Hicks:  19 May 2015]