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Kelly's Directory for South Wales, 1923


The information  below relating to Cwmamman was extracted  by Gareth Hicks with the kind permission of the publishers from the CD of the same title as the main heading. (Archive CD Books)

In case anyone wonders about the the quality of the transcribing, some quaint original spellings are kept but it is obvious what places referred to

CWMAMMAN is a civil parish and Urban District, formed by Local Government Board Order No. 57,696, which came into operation April 1st, 1912. The parish is governed by an Urban District Council of 15 members. It is in the Llanelly division of the county of Carmarthen, hundred of Iscennen, Amman Valley petty sessional division, Llandilo Fawr union, county court district and rural deanery of Llandilo, archdeaconry of Carmarthen and diocese of St. David's.

The parish is divided into two postal districts, Glanamman and Garnant, both of which places have a station on the Pantyffynnon branch of the Great Western railway. Glanamman is 12 miles south-east from Llandilo and 15 1/2 north-east from Llanelly, and Garnant 13 miles south-east from Llandilo and 16 1/2 north-east from Llanelly.

The ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1843 from Bettwys, Llandilo Rural and Llanbedie parishes in Carmarthenshire, and Llangiwg in Glamorganshire : the church is a plain edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, and a turret containing one bell: there are two stained glass windows, one on the east side and the other on the north, the latter having been erected to the memory of the Rev. E. A. Davies, vicar to 1910 : in the church is a marble memorial tablet bearing the names of the men connected with the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914 - 18: the church was restored in 1878 at a cost of 505, and again in 1892, at a cost of 100, and affords 545 sittings. The register dates from the year 1843. The living is a vicarage, net income 400. with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of St. David's and the Board of Patronage, and held since 1910 by the Rev. William Williams B.A. of St. David's College, Lampeter, who resides at the vicarage at Garnant. There are mission churches at Glanamman, Teairgwaith and Cwmgorse. The Baptists, Calvinistic Methodists and, the Welsh Congregationalists have two places of worship each. Bethel Congregational chapel, at Glanamman, has 850 sittings. The Baptist chapel at Glanamman was erected in 1844. and seats 450.

There are coal mines in the parish, and tinplate and galvanized iron sheets are manufactured.

The principal landowners are Lord Dynevor D.L., J.P. Lady Howard Stepney J.P. and A. P. Saunders Davies esq. D.L., J.P.

The area is 756 acres ; rateable value, 12,322 ; population of the civil parish and Urban District in 1911 was 4,971 and in 1921, 5,304; the population of the ecclesiastical parish in 1911 was 11,611.

Post, M. O., T. & '1'. E. D. Office, Garnant (letters should be addressed Garnant, Carmarthenshire). - David Ernest Thomas, sub-postmaster

Post, M. O., T. & T. E. D. Office, Glanamman (letters should he addressed Glanamman, Carmarthenshire).  - John Phillips, sub-postmaster



Meetings are held at New Bettel vestry, Glanamman, on the last wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m.

Retire March, 1924.

  • Robert Edwards  
  • L. Savory
  • John Jones      
  • Thomas Thomas
  • Rhys Roberts

Retire March, 1925.

  • David Davies    
  • David Thomas
  • Thomas Hardy    
  • John Thomas
  • William Owen

Retire March, 1926.

  • Thomas Norris J.P       
  • John Thomas
  • Rees Oswald Rees        
  • Arthur Williams
  • William Roberts


Public Elementary Schools.

Railway Stations.





Early closing day, Thursday.




Early closing day, Thursday.

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[Gareth Hicks 23 Sept 2007]

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