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"LLANGATHEN (LLAN-GATHAN), a parish, in the union of LLANDILO-VAWR, lower division of the hundred of CATHINOG, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (W. by S.) from Llandilo-Vawr; containing 1108 inhabitants. This parish is delightfully situated in a fertile district of considerable extent, celebrated for the richness and the diversity of its scenery . . . It comprises by admeasurement 5513 acres, of which 1873 are arable, 3400 meadow and pasture, and, by computation, 240 woodland and roads . . . the cultivation of wheat, barley, and oats, with the rearing of cattle, forms the principal employment of the farmers. . . The village, situated on the turnpike-road from Carmarthen through Aberguilly to Llandilo-Vawr, has a cheerful appearance, and is much enlivened by the number of travellers passing through it . . . The church, dedicated to St. Cathan, and standing on a lofty eminence [accomodates] 400 persons . . . There are two places of worship in the parish for Calvinistic Methodists . . ." [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


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

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1747-1972), Marriages (1747-1969) and Burials (1747-1965) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Copy ts PR index C (1813-1972) M (1747-1970) B (1813-1965) at NLW and Carm.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1678-9, 1682, 1684, 1696, 1715, 1717-22, 1725-31, 1738-45, 1753-6, 1758-91, 1794-8, 1800, 1802-38, 1844-60, 1865) 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

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 Llangathen 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)

Llangathen Castle - on Castle Wales

Aberglasney Gardens with timeline

Aerial photograph of Aberglasney Hall, Llangathen, 2002 - on the People's Collection Wales site


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


Alderman, Mari. The Gabes or Gapes of Llangathen. Dyfed FHS Journal 6 (1998) p.192.

Davies, Vaughan. Aberglasney and the Dyer family [of Llangadog and/or Llangathen]. Journal of Dyfed FHS Vol 7/2 Aug 2000.


David, Penny . A Garden Lost in Time: The Mystery of the Ancient Gardens of Aberglasney. 1999 (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) 192pp. inc. foreword by Penelope Hobhouse, index. map of garden and family trees. lavishly illus. in colour. a history of the owners of Aberglasney and their families, as well as the archaeological and historical history of the garden and its restoration.

David, Penny. Aberglasney: a garden lost in time: guidebook. Llangathen: Aberglasney Garden, 1999. 25p: ill(chiefly col), facsims, map, ports; 21cm.

Hughes, A.D. Llangathen. J. of the Dyfed FHS, vol. 3, no. 9, (1991) pp.338-339.

Lloyd, John A. The history of Court Henry and its families. Carmarthenshire Antiquary 27 (1991), p. 37-46

Lloyd, Sir John E., (Ed.). A History of Carmarthenshire (2 vols.), Cardiff, London Carmarthenshire Society (1935, 1939). Extracts from this book can be accessed on some parish pages, see here for this parish.

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

Land and Property

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

Documents at the National Library of Wales:


Public Records

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


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[Gareth Hicks:  19 Dec 2012]

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