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"LLANVIHANGEL-KILFARGEN (LLANVIHANGEL-CIL-FARGEN), a parish, in the union of LLANDILO-VAWR, lower division of the hundred of CATHINOG, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (W.N.W.) from Llandilo-Vawr; containing 61 inhabitants. This place is situated about 1 1/2 miles to the north of the road leading from Gloucester to Carmarthen . . . it is one of the smallest parishes in the county, comprising only 514 acres, of which about 185 are arable, 312 pasture, and the rest woodland, and containing but a few respectable farm-houses, with some cottages for labourers. The surface is hilly, and the scenery characterised rather by pleasing rural simplicity, than by any strong features of picturesque or romantic beauty; Kiddery hill skirts the parish on the west, and a brook of the same name, with another called Rhyd-y-wrach, runs through it. . . The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a small plain edifice, rebuilt about the year 1822, at the sole expense of the Rev. Thomas Beynon, a former rector; it is pewed, and contains a sufficient number of sittings, all appropriated." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

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

  • Llanfihangel Vach Kilfargen Parish Church        "This parish is about the smallest in the Diocese. Its population at the last Census 65..."          W Th. Nicholls, Minister


Parish entry for Llangathen with Llanfihangel Cilfargen from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

  • St Michael
  • &
  • St Michael (Llanfihangel Cilfargen)
  • &
  • St Mary's, Court Henry
  • Incumbent and Curates; J A Williams (---, J J Jenkyns)
  • Rural Deanery of  Llandilo
  • Acreage 5,609 & 525 ; Population 653

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1746-1934), Marriages (1746-1838) and Burials (1746-1812, 1814-1985) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Copy ts PR index (1746-1875) at Carm.RO

Copy ts PR index C (1813-1934) M (1755-1875) Banns (1785-1875) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1672, 1677-9, 1683-4, 1693, 1757-62, 1764, 1767-81, 1783-1800, 1802-15, 1817-32, 1834, 1837-43, 1846-62, 1866-72) 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. 17 - Cathinog 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 Llanfihangel-Cilfargan 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 516 acres; Population 28 males, 29 females, total 57

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanfihangel Cilfargen   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)

  • Llanfihangel Cilfargen (31); - No entries

Historical Geography

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


Rees, David. The grange and parish of Llanfihangel Cilfargen. Carmarthenshire Antiquary 28 (1992), p. 51-6


[Gareth Hicks : 19 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN573242 (Lat/Lon: 51.897985, -4.075444), Llanfihangel-Cilfargan which are provided by: