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"LLANEDY (LLAN-EDI), a parish, in the union of LLANELLY, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 10 miles (S.) from Llandilo-Vawr; containing 1098 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the River Loughor, by which it is separated from the county of Glamorgan; and is intersected by the turn-pike road from Swansea to Llandilo-Vawr: it . . . extends nearly eight miles in length, and one mile and a quarter in breadth, comprising by measurement 5200 acres, of which about 1800 are arable, 2000 pasture, 700 wood, and between 600 and 700 common and waste. The surface is elevated and hilly, and the soil generally dry and light, and on the tillage lands very fertile, producing good crops of wheat, barley, oats, and potatoes; the scenery is extensive, varied, and picturesque . . . There are mines of excellent anthracite, which until lately were worked only for the supply of the immediate neighbourhood, but they are now in operation on a larger scale, and the coal is exported in considerable quantity . . . Iron ore exists, but no works are carried on; and there is a quarry of excellent stone for building and other purposes. . . The church, dedicated to St. Edith, is pleasantly situated on an elevated hill, overlooking the Loughor, and commanding an extensive view of great variety and beauty; it has recently been repaired, and enlarged by a gallery . . . There are places of worship for Baptists and Calvinistic Methodists. About 40 children are taught in a day school . . . and there are three Sunday schools . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]


An index to the Llanedi 1851 census is available for purchase from CMN FHS

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llanedi 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

  • Llanedy Parish Church                 "I have no Sunday School at present, the room being in sad Repair; but, mean soon to remedy this, and commence School again"              Henry Williams, Minister
  • Bethesda, Ponthenry   Baptists          Erected in 1838           David Jones, Minister, Brynygroesfach, Llanelly
  • Llanedi   Ind                Erected in 1712                John Joseph, Independent Minister, Llanedi
  • Ebenezer   CM                 Erected in 1836                 John Francis, Grocer, Llanedi
  • Sardis   Baptist            Erected in 1812          John Rees, Assistant Minister, Llangennech

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

  • St Edith
  • &
  • Hendy St David
  • &
  • Tycroes Mission Church
  • Incumbent and Curates; E Thomas (D H Lloyd, D V Richards)
  • Rural Deanery of  Kidwelly
  • Acreage 5,678 ; Population  4,271
Thomas, D. Elfryn. Y Tabernacl coed: canmlwyddiant eglwys Annibynnol Moreia, Ty-croes, 1876-1976, (Abertawe, 1976) 48p.

Hen Gapel, Llanedi: rhaglen cyfarfodydd dathlu tri chan mlwyddiant yr achos, 1650-1951, [Llanelli], Dyfed, Eglwys yr Hen Gapel (A.), Llanedi (1951) [8] p.

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1708-1977), Marriages (1708-1973), Banns (1790-1913, 1932-69) and Burials (1708-1976) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Microfiche Parish registers: Christenings and Burials (1708-83), Marriages (1708-1812) are at the National Library of Wales.

Copy ts PR/BT index C (1689-1812)  M (1699-1820) B (1679-1976) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1679, 1690, 1698-9, 1702, 1707-8, 1717-22, 1724-33, 1735-1800, 1802-56, 1858-62) 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. 19 - Carnwallon Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

An index to Marriages (1708-1837) is included in the South And West Wales Genealogical Index CD-ROM - details under Genealogy on Carmarthenshire county page.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Sardis (Baptist, c1820), Sardis        Records with those of Adulam (Llanelli)                On Dyfed FHS
  • Bethesda Baptist chapel, Pontardulais Rd, Tycroes         SN60111037    Built 1838, Status (1998): in chapel use.     Coflein                     On Dyfed FHS (under Llandybie)
  • Calfaria Baptist chapel, Iscoed Rd, Hendy                   SN58060367      Built 1884, extended 1889, modified 1905.   Still open 1998    Coflein                      On Dyfed FHS              See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data
  • Caersalem, Ammanford Rd, Ty-croes (Calvinistic Methodist, 1850).         SN60741107   Built 1876    Status (2000): in chapel use.   Coflein           On Dyfed FHS (under Llandybie)             Caersalem, Heol Rhydaman,Tycroes CM chapel - still open in 2006
  • Ebenezer (Calvinistic Methodist, c1740), near Tycroes      Births and baptisms (1812-37) PRO RG4/3820, LDS 828111, IGI              On Dyfed FHS               Ebenezer Llanedi CM chapel - still open in 2006
  • Libanus CM chapel, Sawel Terrace, Hendy                             SN58090371  Built 1868-9, enlarged 1880   Still open 2000          Coflein                        On Dyfed FHS
  • Tynewydd (Independent, bef 1650), Hendy Rd/Iscoed Rd, Hendy            Births and baptisms (1745-1816; 1811-37) PRO RG4/3819 and RG4/3772, LDS 828111, IGI        SN57980366      First chapel built 1712 (see Hen Gapel below); rebuilt/modified 1858 & 1876. Present chapel rebuilt 1900     Still open 1998    Coflein                         On Dyfed FHS            Capel Newydd Ind chapel, Hendy shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)          See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data
    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 Maureen Saycell (Mch 2009)
  • Hen Gapel (Ind), Hendy             SN57220345   Built 1712, extensively altered c 1900.    Still open 1998   Coflein          Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
  • Soar Independent chapel, Bronallt Rd, Hendy                     SN58220375       Built 1884, enlarged 1894.     Not still open 1998             Coflein    
  • Moreia Ind chapel, Pen-y-Garn Rd, Ty-croes         SN60761053     Built 1876     Still open 1998     Coflein                 Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
  •  Bryn Seion Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Bronallt Rd, Hendy                 SN58190381     Not open in 1998       Coflein
  • Gospel Hall/Evangelical, Tycroes      (Neuadd Efengylu )            Built 1932   Status (2002): chapel      Coflein                             On Dyfed FHS  (under Llandybie)

Hendy, Yr [formed out of Llanedi]
Christenings (1911-77) Marriages (1892-1977)  Banns (1925-74) at Carm.RO

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;

  • Area 5632 acres; Population 542 males, 584 females, total 1126

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanedi  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)

  • Llanedi (85); Afon Gwili; Bryn-y-rhyd; Cefn-Gwili; Clawdd-du; Colliery; Erw-wastad; Fforest; Gelli-beraidd; Gelly-geirdrim; Glyn-Wallis; Greynor; Hendy (village); Llanedy (village);  Llwyn-gwern; Mynydd-bach; Pant-y-dwr; Pen-lan; Pen-twyn; Pentre-hardd; Plas-mawr; Plas-newydd; River Loughor; Sardis; Ty-croes (village);  Ty-llwyd;
You can see pictures of Llanedi which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanedi 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 Llanedi to another place.


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

  • Glyn Hopkins Papers  [ c. 1802]-1976 (accumulated [ c. 1929]-1976)    "Papers of Glyn Hopkins, [ c. 1802]-1976, mainly comprising his draft articles and historical notes relating to Llanedi and Yr Hendy, Carmarthenshire, and Pontarddulais, Glamorgan, and to local place names; and a vestry book, [ c. 1802]-1827, of Llanedi."

THE ARCHAEOLOGY AND EARLY HISTORY OF AMMANFORD "...a brief summary of the archaeology of Llandybie, the Amman Valley, and Betws taken from the Amman Valley Heritage Audit prepared by Cambria Archeology in January 2003 (Report No: 2003/5), by Paul Sambrook and Jenny Hall).  The study area encompasses the modern parishes of Llandybie, Llanfiangel Aberbythych (Carmel), Cyngor Bro Dyffryn Cennen, Cwmamman, Llandadog and Quarter Bach (Brynamman) to the north of Ammanford and Llanedi, Betws and Gwaun Cae Gurwen to the south.."- on Terry Norman's site


Evans, Evan Lewis. The history of Pontardulais. [Gorseinon]: [Ivor Griffiths], [1985?] 72, 13p: ill, facsims, maps, plans, ports; 30cm. Here is an index by Tina Morgan

Griffiths, Ivor. Here is a collection of articles written  by him for the Hendy & Pontardulais Carnival Programme;

  • The Good Old Bad Old Days
  • The Education Battle
  • The Pontardulais Mad Dog
  • A Brief Biography of Hugh Williams

John, Deric & Alun Rees et al.   Historical and Hysterical Tales of Pontardulais Public Houses. Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Llanrwst, 2008.

Jones, Howard M. Yr Hendy, the Village and Rugby Club. 1993, p269

Land and Property

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

  • Stepney of Llanelli additional collection         Includes;  "Rent books relating to property in Llannon, Llandybie, and Llanedi, Carmarthenshire, 1909-1953............."


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN589067 (Lat/Lon: 51.741148, -4.045071), Llanedi which are provided by:

Names, Geographical

Llanedi Place-names - a database (download a 150kb Word.doc) by Deric John   

Public Records

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

  • Llanedi Parish and Community Council Records  1893 - 1994


[Gareth Hicks : 23 Dec 2012]