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"LLANDEVEYSON (LLAN-DYFEISANT), a parish, in the union of LLANDILO-VAWR, lower division of the hundred of CAYO, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES; comprising part of the market and post-town of Llandilo-Vawr, on the eastern boundary of it; and containing 267 inhabitants. It is situated on the river Towy: the lands, which are tolerably fertile, are, with the exception of a very small portion, inclosed . . . A very considerable portion of this parish is occupied by Newton Park, the property of Lord Dynevor, which comprehends within its limits, besides his lordship's modern residence, the site and venerable ruins of Dynevor Castle . . . The church is a small edifice, situated within the limits of Newton Park, and is supposed to have been built on the site of a Roman temple, upon the foundation of which its northern angle is said to rest. . . " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Monumental inscriptions for Llandyfeisant Church are available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.

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

  • Llandifeisant Parish Church                   Griffin Williams, Minister


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 Llandefoysaint

Church Records

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

PR CMB (1755-82) recorded in 1933 apparently lost

Parish registers: Christenings (1784-1946), Marriages (1784-1953), Banns (1784-1902) and Burials (1813-1970) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1813-22, 1824-7, 1832-5, 1838-M, 1850-1, 1853-8, 1860, 1862, 1864, 1869-71) 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

No non-conformist chapels found in this parish

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llandyfeisant which are provided by:

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;

  • Area 1551 acres; Population 119 males, 128 females, total 247

Places, villages, farms etc within Llandyfeisant 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)

  • Llandyfeisant (29 ); Dynevor Castle; Glan-yr-afon; Llwynhelig; Newfoundland Fm.; Newton Fm.; Pant-Soar

Photographs and description of Dynevor Castle.

Historical Geography

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


Gittins, R. Dinefwr Castle, Llandysul, Gomer Press (1984) 27 p., ill. (some col.), 1 plan. [ISBN: 0863830323 (pbk)]

Lloyd, Sir John E., (Ed.). A History of Carmarthenshire (2 vols.), Cardiff, London Carmarthenshire Society (1935, 1939). With the kind permission of the publishers sundry extracts from this book can be accessed on some parish pages, here are some for this parish;-

  • Medieval divisions; In early medieval terms Carmarthenshire was made up of Ystrad Tywi [without Gower], Emlyn Uch Cuch and Y Cantref Gwarthaf [without Efelffre]. At some point pre the Norman conquest Ystrad Tywi itself was divided into Y Cantref Mawr and Y Cantref Bychan. About the time of the Norman conquest, Cantref Mawr was divided into 7 commotes, one of these was Maenor Deilo which included the parishes of Llansadwrn, Talley, Llandyfeisant and part of Llandeilofawr.
  • Roman Finds in Llandyfeisant ; 300 yards west of Parish Church. Walls (?Roman) found in levelling the churchyard; "pot of Roman coins" (all AR) including Domitian (72-96 AD). [This is probably the same find as that given in Archaeologia Cambrensis , 1855, p 311, as in the "kitchen garden of Dynevor Castle"]. etc

Land and Property

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

  • Dynevor, Lords   1876-1946                  "The seat of the Lords Dynevor is Dynevor Castle, Llandyfeisant................"  
  • Dynevor Additional  1591-1969

Documents at the National Library of Wales:

  • Estate records of the family of Rice of Newton and Dynefwr, later barons Dynevor, 1514-C20, the estates lying in counties of Carmarthen, Glamorgan and Pembroke


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN622222 (Lat/Lon: 51.881248, -4.003475), Llandyfeisant which are provided by:

Public Records

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

  • Llandyfeisant Parish Council Records 1843-1949 (accumulated 1894-1949)


Davies, J.D. A brief history of Llandyfaelog School: talfyriad o'i hanes, [Llandyfaelog], [Llandyfaelog V.C.P. School?] (1998) 37 p., ill. (some col), facsim., ports.

[Gareth Hicks : 19 Dec 2012]

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