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"LLANDINGAT (LLAN-DINGAD), a parish, in the union of LLANDOVERY, partly in the higher division of the hundred of PERVERTH, and partly in the hundred of CAYO, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES; comprising the market-town of Llandovery, and containing 2345 inhabitants. This parish, which takes its name from the dedication of its church, is pleasantly situated near the confluence of the rivers Brān and Gwytherig, which, uniting their streams a little above the town of Llandovery, fall into the river Towy. The surface is for the most part undulated; and, with the exception of the summits of a few of the hills, the lands are generally inclosed and in a good state of cultivation. . . The environs are enlivened by numerous handsome seats, of which the principal within the parish are, Llwyn Brān . . . and Velindre. . . The church, dedicated to St. Dingat, is an ancient building, consisting of two spacious aisles, with a tower, but presents no interesting architectural details: it was once destroyed by the Norman invaders of this part of Wales. The church of Llanvair-ar-y-Bryn is situated within this parish, about a quarter of a mile from Llandovery, and about a mile distant from its own parish. There are places of worship for Independents, Wesleyans, and Calvinistic Methodists, all in the town of Llandovery. . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Archives and Libraries

Evans, T. Focus on Llandovery: Researching Llandovery Families in Carmarthenshire R.O. J. of the Dyfed FHS, vol. 6, no. 1, (1997) pp.2-4. [See Not everyone knows this]


Jones, R.B. A lanterne to their feete: remembering Rhys Prichard 1579-1644, Vicar of Llandovery, Porthyrhyd, Llanwrda, Dyfed, Drovers Press (1994) [6], 86 p., ill., facsims., maps. [ISBN: 0950890359 (pbk)]

Business and Commerce Records

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


Rhydderch, A. Llandovery College Boarders in the 1881 Census. J. of the Dyfed FHS, vol. 4, no. 2, (1991) pp.68-70. [Transcription]

Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Llandingat St Dingat Church

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Dingat's Church, Llandovery

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re Williams Pantycelyn Memorial Church, Llandovery (Calvinistic Methodist)

LLANDINGAT WITHIN, St. Dingat  1850-1854   - 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


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 Amddyfri (see also entry for Llan Fair y Bryn)

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


Evans, G. Story of the ancient churches of Llandovery, London, Honorable Society of Cymmrodorion (1913) 210 p., ill., facsim., map. [Published also in the Transactions of the Honorable Society of Cymmrodorion, 1911-12]

Jones, Albert. Eglwys Salem, Llanymddyfri, 1797-1947: dathlu trydedd iwbili'r achos, Sul a Llun, Medi 18 a 29, 1947, (Llandysul, 1947) 31p.

Church Records

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

Diocesan records suggest that c1790 the earliest PR here went back to 1660

Parish registers: Christenings (1733-1909), Marriages (1733-1904, 1907-65), Banns (1823-1905) and Burials (1733-1911) are at the National Library of Wales, with facsimiles at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Copy ts PR index CB (1813-75) M (1733-1875) Banns (1823-75) at NLW and SOG

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1672, 1677-9, 1681-4, 1686-7, 1711, 1715-16, 1718, 1721-2, 1724, 1728-31, 1733-45, 1748-83, 1785-94, 1796-1800, 1802-54, 1856-7, 1859-60, 1865) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

Parish registers indexed by the Merlin Group and held at Carm.RO ;
Baptisms 1813-1875, Marriages 1733-1875, Marriages with banns 1823-1875, Marriage Strays 1823-1875, Burials 1813-1875.

Marriage index for this parish - see Dyfed Marriages, 1813-1837, Vol. 21 - Perfedd 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 Landingad parish 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)

Photographs and description of Llandovery Castle. - on Castle Wales

Llandovery - on Wikipedia


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]

Kingerlee, D.C. Llandovery Album: pictures of a Welsh market town. Llandovery, Llandovery Publications (1995) 80 p.[ISBN: 0951062603]

Pike, L.E. Llandovery Borough, Carmarthenshire: the official guide, Home Publishing Co (1957) 17 p., ill.

A pictorial and descriptive guide to South Wales: including Brecon, Newport, Cardiff, Vale of Neath, Swansea, Gower, Carmarthen, Llandovery, Tenby, Pembroke, Fishguard, Cardigan, New Quay, Aberystwyth, etc. (4th ed.), London, Ward, Lock & co., Ltd. (1925) 192, 80 p., front., ill., maps, plans, plates.

Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, official guide, Gloucester, British Publishing (1971) 32 p., ill., 1 map. [ISBN: 0714007102 (sd)]

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.


Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1830. Here are Extracts relating to Llandovery and neighbourhood

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1844. Here are Extracts relating to Llandovery and neighbourhood


Carmarthenshire Families


See Not everyone knows this.. for random snippets about this parish

Arber-Cooke, A.T. Pages from the History of Llandovery (2 vols.). Llandovery, Llandovery Civic Trust (1994) 498, 453p. [Reprint]

Llandovery and its environs: a miscellany, Llandovery, Llandovery Civic Trust (1994) 461 p., ill., coat of arms, facsims., maps, music, ports.

The Monument's Tale- Llandovery Mail Coach Drama 1835/Stori 'r Gofgolfn-Cyffro ger Llanymddyfri 1835. Published by Wales and Marches Postal Board in 1985 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the incident near Llandovery, all the passengers are identified.

Land and Property

Documents at the National Library of Wales:



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


Nantymwyn Mine . "The Nantymwyn Mine is geographically divided into two sites, lying above and below the village of Llandovery, Dyfed. The mine was worked mainly by adits driven into the mountain known as Pen Cerrig Mwyn and, on the face of it, being the largest metal mine in South Wales..............."

Poorhouses, Poor Law

Llandovery Poor Law Union - on Peter Higginbotham's site

Public Records

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

Held at Carmarthen Archives;


Held at Carmarthen Archives;


Evans, J.R. Llandovery College: building for the future 1892-1992, Porthyrhyd, Llanwrda, Dyfed, Drovers Press (1994) 132 p., ill., ports. [ISBN: 0950890340 (pbk)]

Evans, W.G. A History of Llandovery College: the Welsh Collegiate Foundation: a study in Welsh educational history. Llandovery, The Trustees of Llandovery College (1981) xi, 152 p., [13] p. of pl.: p., ill., ports. [ISBN: 0950763608]

Jones, R.B. Floreat Landubriense: celebrating a century and a half of education at Llandovery College, [Llandovery], Trustees of Llandovery College (1998) 367 p., ill., facsims, ports. [ISBN: 0950763616] p.

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[Gareth Hicks : 17 Dec 2012]

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